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Randolph A. "Randy" Credico (born July 5, 1954 in Pomona, California) is an American perennial political candidate, comedian, activist and the former Director of the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice.
Show business career
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Credico was once active on the comedy circuit, and at the age of 27 he made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. During the appearance, he criticized U.S. foreign policy and compared Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick to Eva Braun; Credico was not invited back to the show, and some believe this is due to the Kirkpatrick impersonation. He was featured on the 1988 comedy album, "Strange Bedfellows: Comedy and Politics" along with Jimmy Tingle, Barry Crimmins, and Will Durst.
Credico spent four years in Tulia, Texas, bringing national attention to a racially-charged mass drug arrest. The Kunstler Fund produced an award winning documentary on the subject entitled Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the drug war, written, directed and edited by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler. Credico is the subject of the film Sixty Spins Around the Sun, directed by comedian Laura Kightlinger.
At age 37, Credico began a periodic campaign against New York state's Rockefeller drug laws, which he claimed were too harsh, disproportionately affecting the poor and minorities. Small changes softening the stiffest penalties were passed in the state legislature, which Credico thought were insufficient. Credico is also alleged to have imitated political consultant Roger Stone's voice in a threatening phone call to the father of New York Governor Elliot Spitzer, which caused Stone to be fired as a consultant to the New York State Senate by then-majority leader Joe Bruno. Credico argued that he was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the day of the profane call to Mr. Spitzer, but remains close to Stone.
On May 4, 2016, Credico's mentor, Roger Stone, announced that Credico had formed the group "Sanders' Supporters for Trump." While nothing seemed to have come of that effort, Credico's most notable appearance in the 2016 election cycle was headlining a Republican fund-raiser in Cayuga County, New York.
2010 U.S. Senate election
The Kunstler Fund went out of business in 2010, and Credico, seeking a new funder, ran as a Democratic primary challenger against Senator Chuck Schumer in 2010. Credico submitted petitions along with Jimmy McMillan and other candidates in an effort to get onto the Democratic Party primary ballot. The party chairman claims that Credico only submitted a few pages' worth of petitions to the state, far short of the 15,000 necessary, a charge Credico denies. Credico threatened to throw his support to Republican candidate Carl Paladino in the gubernatorial race.
Credico's campaign was supported by several actors and comedians, including Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, Roseanne Barr, and "Professor" Irwin Corey. He was nominated by the Libertarian Party of New York and the nascent "Anti-Prohibition Party" of Kristin "Manhattan Madam" Davis, though those parties do not have permanent ballot access and were required to petition their way onto the ballot. Credico finished with 25,975 votes (0.6%), in last place among the four candidates; in most jurisdictions, Credico was only given one ballot line despite petitioning for two.
Credico sued the New York State Board of Elections under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because of this unfair treatment regarding ballot access. On June 19, 2013, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of Credico. The New York State Board of Elections did not appeal this decision.
2013 mayoral election
Credico ran for the Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City in the 2013 election. He received 12,685 votes (2.0%). He also appeared on the ballot in the general election with 14 other candidates, on the Tax Wall Street line, receiving 654 votes (0.1%).
2014 gubernatorial election
- William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice
- http://auburnpub.com/news/local/political-satirist-randy-credico-to-headline-cayuga-county-gop-fundraiser/article_0c253f9c-4b9c-11e6-aa52-5f4b7fffeac7.html Political satirist Randy Credico to headline Cayuga County GOP fundraiser July 29
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- Zaino, Nick A., III. "Comedy Notes: Comics' Film Mixes Madness, Madcap", Boston Globe, July 4, 2003, page E2.
- Political activist Randy Credico seeks "honest politician": May run for Schumer’s seat in NY
- Senator Chuck Schumer Running Scared Says Candidate Randy Credico