Perennial Republican candidate Rex Rammell, who announced his 2018 gubernatorial campaign in January, informed the Wyoming Republican Party on Monday that he is considering switching to the Constitution Party.
“This is the fourth statewide race I have entered and the previous three, [all of which] eliminated me with vote splitting,” he wrote to the Wyoming GOP. “I believe there have been many good candidates eliminated that didn't have the funds to compete in multi-candidate races. The winner is usually the person with the most name recognition, which is obtained with money.”
Over the last 16 years, 2006 was the only election cycle Rammell did not enter a race, yet he has never moved past the Republican primary.
With a similarly crowded Republican primary in the 2018 gubernatorial campaign, including state Treasurer Mark Gordon, billionaire investor Foster Friess, Cheyenne-based entrepreneurs Sam Galeotos and Bill Dahlin, as well as attorney Harriet Hageman and physician Taylor Hayes, Rammell believes his staunch conservative platform will garner more attention on a third-party ticket.
The focus of his gubernatorial campaign, as well as many of his campaigns in the past, is procuring the transfer of federal lands into state hands.
“I would go to President Trump and say ‘We want the land back, or we will take it back,'" he said. "I think he would negotiate, but, if not, I would be prepared to sign an executive order ordering state police to forcibly remove federal officials from their offices on Wyoming’s public lands.”
While Rammell’s extreme positions have kept him out of political office in the past, he believes his chances are better this year because of Wyoming’s fiscal problems.
“The thing that I’ve got going for me is Wyoming’s in a crisis,” he said. “With all the people that are leaving the state, all the state jobs that had to be cut and a $700 million shortfall, I think people will start listening to a candidate that is willing to take bold moves.”
For the time being, Rammell said is only considering a change of parties but that he will make his official decision in two weeks.