John Wolfe Jr.

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John Wolfe Jr.
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Personal details
Born John McConnell Wolfe Jr.
(1954-04-21) April 21, 1954 (age 62)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Chattanooga, Tennessee
Alma mater University of Tennessee (B.A.)
Memphis State University (J.D.)

John McConnell Wolfe Jr. (born April 21, 1954) is an American attorney and perennial political candidate. He challenged President Barack Obama for the Democratic Party's 2012 presidential nomination. He ultimately emerged as the most successful challenger, receiving the second-highest number of delegates and popular votes.[1][2]

Political campaigns[edit]

Wolfe made an unsuccessful bid in 1998 for the Democratic congressional nomination in Tennessee's 3rd district.[1] In 2001, he ran for Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and received 2.8% of the vote in that race, which was won by Bob Corker.[1] In 2002, he lost a second congressional bid in the 3rd District to then-U.S. Representative Zach Wamp, and garnered 34% of the vote as the Democratic nominee.[1] Wolfe faced Wamp again in a 2004 congressional rematch,[3] and was again defeated, this time acquiring 33% of the vote.[1] In 2007, he ran unsuccessfully in a special election for a Tennessee State Senate seat.[1][4]

Wolfe was fined $10,000 in 2008 after he failed to file a fourth-quarter campaign finance disclosure report for his 2007 State Senate campaign with the state as required by law. Until it is paid, Wolfe is barred from qualifying for election in any Tennessee state or local office.[1] In 2010, he ran for Congress in Tennessee's 3rd district,[5] and lost to Chuck Fleischmann 57%-28%.[6]

Wolfe has also made two runs the Democratic presidential primaries, in 2012 and in 2016.

Congressional campaigns[edit]

1998 congressional campaign[edit]

In 1998 Wolfe ran, unsuccessfully, in the Democratic primary for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district.

2002 congressional campaign[edit]

John McConnel Wolfe Jr for Congress
Campaign 2002 US congressional elections, Tennessee's 3rd district
Candidate John Wolfe Jr.

In the 2002 race for Tennessee's 3rd district, Wolfe was the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Zach Wamp. Wolfe ultimately lost to Wamp.

Below is the result of the general election

2010 election for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district[7]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Zach Wamp 112,254 64.54%
Democratic John Wolfe, Jr 58,824 33.82%
Independent William C. Bolen 1,743 1.00%
Independent Timothy A. Sevier 947 0.54%
Independent Write-in 153

2004 congressional campaign[edit]

John McConnel Wolfe Jr for Congress
Campaign 2004 US congressional elections, Tennessee's 3rd district
Candidate John Wolfe Jr.
Affiliation Democratic Party
Headquarters 3815 Forest Highlands Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37415[8]
Key people Albert F. Teague Jr. treasurer[8]
Receipts US$180[8]

In 2004 Wolfe again was nominated to run against Wamp for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district.[3] Wolfe lost again. Wolfe, however, was able to garner a greater number and a greater percent of the vote in 2004 than he had in 2002.

Below is the result of the general election

2010 election for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district[9]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Zach Wamp 166,154 64.7%
Democratic John Wolfe, Jr 84,295 32.8%
Independent June Griffin 3,018 1.2%
Independent Doug Vandagriff 1,696 0.7%
Independent Jean Howard-Hill 1,473 0.6%
Campaign finances[edit]

Detailed below are the FEC-filed finances of his 2004 congressional campaign committee as of 12/31/2008[8]

Receipts
Financial Source Amount (USD)
Itemized Individual Contributions 0
Unitemized Individual Contributions 90
Party Committees Contributions 0
Other Committees Contributions 20
Candidate Contributions 90
Total Contributions 180
Transfers from Authorized Committees 0
Candidate Loans 0
Other Loans 0
Offsets to Operating Expenditures 0
Other Receipts 0
Total Receipts 180
Disbursements
Disbursements Amount (USD)
Operating Expenditures 210
Transfers To Authorized Committees 0
Candidate Loan Repayments 0
Other Loan Repayments 0
Individual Contribution Refunds 0
Political Party Contribution Refunds 0
Other Committee Contribution Refunds 0
Other Disbursements 0
Total Disbursements 210
Cash Summary
Category Amount (USD)
Beginning Cash On Hand 12,920
Current Cash On Hand 12,890
Net Contributions 180
Net Operating Expenditures 210
Debts/Loans Owed By Campaign 0
Debts/Loans Owed To Campaign 0

2010 congressional campaign[edit]

John McConnel Wolfe Jr for Congress
Campaign 2010 US congressional elections, Tennessee's 3rd district
Candidate John Wolfe Jr.

In 2010 Wolfe again ran for Congress in Tennessee's 3rd congressional district.[5] He ultimately lost to Chuck Fleischmann 57% to 28%.[6]

Wolfe faced three other candidates for the Democratic nomination. The three other candidates on the August 2010 Democratic primary ballots were Alicia Mitchel of Oak Ridge, Brenda Freeman Short of East Ridge, and Brent Staton of Chattanooga.[10] Several candidates had dropped-out ahead of the primary, including Tom Humphrey,[11][12] Paula Flowers of Oak Ridge (a former member of Governor Phil Bredesen's cabinet), and Brent Benedict (who was the 2006 Democratic nominee for the 3rd district).[13]

Below is the result of the general election

2010 election for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district[14]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Chuck Fleischmann 92,032 56.79%
Democratic John Wolfe, Jr 45,387 28.00%
Independent Savas T. Kyriakidis 17,077 10.54%
Independent Mark DeVol 5,773 3.56%
Independent Don Barkman 811 0.50%
Independent Gregory C. Goodwin 380 0.24%
Independent Robert Humphries 380 0.24%
Independent Mo Kiah 216 0.13%
Totals 162,056 100.00%

Presidential campaigns[edit]

2012 presidential campaign[edit]

Wolfe 2012
Campaign United States presidential election, 2012
Candidate John Wolfe Jr.
Affiliation Democratic Party
Headquarters 3815 Forest Highlands Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37415[8]
Map representing the ballot access of Wolfe's 2012 campaign
Legend:
  On ballot
  Not on ballot
Map of second-place candidates in the 2012 Democratic presidential primaries
Legend:
  John Wolfe Jr.
  Uncommitted/other
  No second-place finisher
  No primary held/ no info available
Platform[edit]

Wolfe supports a return to the Glass-Steagall Act to separate speculative activity from commercial banking. He favors the use of Anti-Trust Laws to reduce the size of "megabanks," and proposes a tax on financial derivatives. He also proposes an "Alternate Federal Reserve" which would loan to community banks, small business, and individuals, as opposed to the Federal Reserve Bank, which, Wolfe contends, serves primarily the interests of the six largest banks. Wolfe is also a critic of the Affordable Care Act, saying that it is oriented primarily toward helping the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Instead, he supports Medicare for All.[15]

Reception[edit]

Wolfe took part in the New Hampshire "lesser known candidates forum" in December 2011.[16] He qualified for the ballot in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, in which he received 246 votes, 0.4% of the vote total. In addition to New Hampshire,[1] he qualified for presidential primary ballots in the states of Missouri,[17] Louisiana[18] and Arkansas.[19]

In the Louisiana primary, Wolfe polled 11.83%[20] which qualified him to earn a minimum of three delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.[18][21][22] Following the primary, officials of the Democratic Party of Louisiana announced that Wolfe was ineligible for the delegates he had apparently won because, according to the party officials, Wolfe had not properly complied with the party's qualification requirements.[23][24] In response, Wolfe filed a lawsuit against the party, disputing the claim that he did not qualify to receive the delegates.[23][24]

Following incumbent President Barack Obama's narrower-than-expected primary win in West Virginia, where convicted felon Keith Russell Judd finished a strong second as a protest vote, press began to speculate on the possibility of Wolfe, who lacks Judd's criminal record, possibly contending and even winning the state of Arkansas.[25][26] A poll conducted by Hendrix College of Democrats in Arkansas's 4th congressional district showed Wolfe within seven points of Obama there.[27] Wolfe finished second in that primary, garnering 41.6% of the vote.[28] He filed a legal action to have delegates seated at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.[29]

Wolfe contested the Texas Democratic primary, garnering 5.05 percent of the vote, winning one county (Borden County) and tying in another (Sherman County). No delegates were at stake in the contest.[30]

Wolfe lost his court case one week before the convention, and as a result, neither he nor any other candidates other than Obama had their delegates seated.[31]

Below is a table of the results of primary competitions he competed in during the Democratic primaries.

Primaries and Caucus Results
Date Contest Votes Place Percent Delegates (hard count) Delegates (floor count) Source(s)
Jan 10 New Hampshire primary 245 15th of 27 0.40 0 0 The Green Papers
Feb 7 Missouri primary 1,000 3rd of 4 1.37 0 0 The Green Papers
March 24 Louisiana primary 17,804 2nd of 4 11.82 4 (5.56%) 0 The Green Papers
May 22 Arkansas primary 67,711 2nd of 2 41.63 19 (34.55%) 0 The Green Papers
May 29 Texas primary 29,879 2nd of 4 5.06 0 0 The Green Papers
Total 116,639 2nd 1.43 23 0
Map of the Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2012 by county.
Legend:
  Counties won by Obama
  Counties won by Terry
  Counties won by Wolfe, Jr.
  Counties won by Rogers
  Counties won by Judd
  Counties won by Uncommited
General election campaign as an 'Independent Democrat'[edit]

After the Democratic Primaries, Wolfe continued his presidential campaign. In the 2012 general election Wolfe was included as a write-in candidate for the state of Idaho's presidential ballot. Wolfe failed to receive a single vote. Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan came first in Idaho's general election, and thus received Idaho's four votes in the Electoral College. Incumbent President Barack Obama and incumbent Vice President Joe Biden, however, won the overall national election.[32]

2016 presidential campaign[edit]

Wolfe 2016
Campaign United States presidential election, 2016
Candidate John Wolfe Jr.
Affiliation Democratic Party
Status Active
Map representing the ballot access of Wolfe's 2016 campaign
Legend:
  On ballot
  Not on ballot

In November 2015, Wolfe filed for the Arkansas presidential primary.[33]

Below is a table of the results of primary competitions he's competed in during the Democratic primaries.

Primaries and Caucus Results
Date Contest Votes Place Percent Delegates Source(s)
Feb 9 New Hampshire primary 54 9th of 28 0.02 0 The Green Papers
March 1 Arkansas primary 2,539 4th of 6 1.16 0 The Green Papers
March 5 Louisiana primary 4,507 4th of 10 1.45 0 The Green Papers
March 15 Missouri primary 245 9th of 9 0.04 0 The Green Papers
June 7 California primary TBD TBD of 7 TBD TBD The Green Papers
Total (Current) 7,352 0.03 0 The Green Papers

Personal[edit]

Wolfe resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Carroll, Chris (December 20, 2011). "Chattanooga man John Wolfe running for president in New Hampshire". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Tupper, Leean (March 4, 2012). "John Wolfe running for President". OakRidger.com. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Wolfe Says Wamp Should Abide By Term Limit, PAC Pledges". The Chattanoogan. July 14, 2004. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Frank, Judy (September 11, 2007). "Wolfe, Whittaker Take Campaigns To JFK Club". The Chattanoogan. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Huotari , John (September 10, 2010). "Wolfe: Conservative, Fleischmann 'radical'?". OakRidger.com. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Results Summary of Tennessee Races". MyFox Memphis. November 3, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "STATISTICS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL AND CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 2, 2004" (PDF). clerk.house.gov. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "FEC Viewer". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ "STATISTICS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL AND CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 2, 2004" (PDF). clerk.house.gov. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ Democratic Primary Unofficial Results, Tennessee Election Commission website, accessed August 6, 2010
  11. ^ Congressional candidate money notes, Humphrey on the Hill, Knoxville News Sentinel website, October 15, 2009
  12. ^ Joe Lance, What Kind of Democrat Will Win the Third District Primary?, September 28, 2009
  13. ^ 3rd District hopefuls tout finances, AllBusiness.com website, attributed to Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 17, 2009
  14. ^ "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 2, 2010" (PDF). clerk.house.gov. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ John Wolfe on the Issues, campaign website
  16. ^ Ríos, Simón (December 20, 2011). "Lesser-known candidates bring colorful campaigns to St. Anselm". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Missouri Democrat: Presidential nominating process". The Green Papers. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Tilove, Jonathan (March 26, 2012). "Louisiana primary makes its mark". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Democrat files in Arkansas to run against Obama". WDEF-TV. Associated Press. March 1, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  20. ^ Winger, Richard (March 27, 2012). "Little-Known Democratic Presidential Candidate May Have Polled Enough Votes in Louisiana for a Delegate". Ballot Access News. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  21. ^ Tilove, Jonathan (March 27, 2012). "Democratic challenger to Barack Obama picks off delegates in Louisiana". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ Tilove, Jonathan (March 28, 2012). "John Wolfe faces challenge to place on Texas ballot". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ a b Pare, Mike (April 18, 2012). "John Wolfe cries foul in Louisiana primary". Chattanooga Times Free Press. WRCB. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ a b Tilove, Jonathan (April 23, 2012). "President Obama will clinch renomination Tuesday, but it may not be unanimous". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  25. ^ Kristol, William (May 9, 2012). Arkansas's moment: John Wolfe for president? The Weekly Standard. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  26. ^ Pappas, Alex (May 16, 2012). Obscure candidate in Ark. optimistic after poll shows him in competitive race with Obama. The Daily Caller. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  27. ^ Brock, Roby (May 15, 2012). Obama In For A Battle In The Fourth, Romney On Cruise Control. TalkBusiness. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  28. ^ Parker, Suzi (May 23, 2012). Obama struggles in Kentucky, Arkansas primaries. Reuters. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  29. ^ Candidate who won 42 percent in Arkansas Democratic primary sues for his delegates. Fox News. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  30. ^ Wolfe fails to repeat Arkansas success as Obama easily wins Texas primary. KDFW. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  31. ^ Tau, Byron (September 3, 2012). Convention vote expected to be unanimous for Obama. Politico. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  32. ^ "Idaho 2012 General Election". The Green Papers. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  33. ^ "The Latest: Late congressman's son running for state House". Times Union. Associated Press. November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 

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