Rich Galen
  • In the People's Republic of Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday was, as President Bush likes to call it, "votin' day."

  • At stake were the Mayor, the city council and the school board. This is politics at its most basic level. It is the charmed quark of politics.

  • A race for city council in a small city is as far from a Presidential campaign as is from Ford. But if it is your name on the ballot, it is no less important.

    Dear Mr. Mullings:

    How can you compare a two-person operation - you and The Lad - with Ford which has 300,000 employees?

    Former Studebaker Owners of America

    For starters, made about a billion dollars more in profit than Ford this quarter alone. Ford lost $1.19 billion in the first quarter.

    Mullings . . . didn't.

    Second, all two of's employees are productively employed.

    Ford's . . . aren't.

  • About 100 years ago, I ran for a seat on the city council of Marietta, Ohio 45750.

  • In Marietta at the time, there were four ward council seats and three at-large seats. At-large, as the term implies, ran city-wide.

  • In the primary election of that cycle there were four Republicans running for the three at-large seats. I paid my five bucks, got the requisite number of names on a petition, and was qualified to be a candidate for city council.

  • Back in the day, the State of Ohio required candidates to use their official names on the ballot which in my case was (and still is) Richard A. Galen. This rule was changed by the then-Democratic state legislature when a guy named James Earl Carter wanted to run as "Jimmy Carter."

  • I was the news director of the local radio station. On the radio, I used the stage name: Rich Galen. This turned out to be a problem.

  • As radio is largely an aural medium, most people had never seen my name: Rich Galen. On the radio it sounded like one word: Richgalen. Maybe the good folks of Marietta, O thought I was trying to emulate famous one-named people of the past, like Michelangelo. Or Newt.

  • In any event, on election day people were coming up to me and saying they had wanted to vote for me but couldn't find my name on the ballot.

  • Fraud! Trickery!

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at