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GOP Candidate Quits Iowa Senate Race to Become Senator of Alternative Government

Iowa City's Randi Shannon, who was the official Republican candidate on the ballot for Iowa Senate District 34, thanked her fellow Ron Paul supporters in announcing she's left the race to become a senator with the "original government."

For months, Randi Shannon has been campaigning in an important Iowa Senate race, telling people why as the GOP-preferred candidate she's a better choice than Democratic incumbent Liz Mathis to represent Linn County's District 34.

Shannon has now decided not only that she was the better candidate, but also that she has found a better government, and she dropped out of the race to become "senator" for the "Republic of the United States."

A businesswoman who owns Iowa Auto Glass among more than a dozen other businesses, according to Shannon, she could not bring herself to work for "the corporation" as she describes the current legal status of the U.S. government, the one most people are familiar with.

"I don’t see running for state senate in the way that I have been doing it is going to make a great change," she said.

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In a four-page letter announcing her withdrawl Friday, Shannon thanked, "my fellow Ron Paul for President Supporters, My Fellow Members of Liberty, My Friends who home school as did I, the many Pro-Life Members," and more.

Her letter describes the Republic as an "original government," and it certainly is that.

Recently, she said, it passed its own "law" stating that life begins at conception.

The race, as all Iowa Senate races are, is important, primarily because Democrats hold only a two seat lead in the state's upper chamber.

In a news release provided to Patch, Shannon refers to herself as "Senator Randi Shannon" of the "Republic for Iowa, Republic of the United States of America."

She said she became aware of this government from friends and political contacts, but was only convinced after meeting several higher ups in an unofficial meeting in Atlanta about a month ago.

"Trust me this story does not end here nor does my commitment," she . "In fact, my level of service to the good people of Iowa who have been so supportive of me and my campaign will be greatly increased."

Original Government?

The U.S. Government officially incorporated as a company right before the passing of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Shannon says.

If you remember from history class, the 14th Amendment famously established the equal protection clause, which establishes the validity of debt incurred by the U.S. and outlined the incorporation clause, which establishes that the Bill of Rights be used on the state level, in addition to the national level.

Two years ago a group of "fed up" people formed the Republic of the United States of America and began what she describes as the legitmate and original constitutional government, which she refers to as "the republic."

She said the republic gains its legitmacy from the U.S. Constitution and that it has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in the past. She added that the the U.S. House of Representatives were made aware of the reinhabitation of the government in 2010.

New Senator

Shannon said she's excited for her position with the republic and will be one of two Iowa senators, four house members, a judge and several police officers that act as "American rangers."

She said the republic has already enacted legislation that declares life beginning at conception in addition to legislation she said she's already voted for — establishing the aforementioned rangers.

Since what she calls the "corporation government" has enacted unconstitutional laws, the republic has constitutional enforcement officers, that you can call if you are pulled over for anything but a felony charge or for injuring someone else.

Shannon said the ranger would inform the police officer that they were violating their oath, at which point Shannon said the officer would have to comply.

When asked if she believes that a Cedar Rapids Police officer would listen to an American ranger, she had this to say:

"I do believe that they would listen to them because they know the law," she said.

Senate District 34 Race

Now that she's out of the race, the Linn County Republicans have to choose another candidate for the November election against Mathis.

Linn County Republican Chair Steve Armstrong said he was previously unaware of Shannon’s plans to drop out of the race. He said the party will likely work on a new nomination at the upcoming Linn County Republican Central Committee meeting next Tuesday.

"We'll make an effort for someone else to run for that slot and we'll get together with the community," he said.

When asked what she would say to disappointed Republican voters, Shannon said she's confident that she's found the right government, suggesting they call her or check out these YouTube videos.

"I would say that if they do their research, what we have was the real deal," she said, referring to the time period before the 14th Amendment. "What we have now isn't the real deal."

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mike westman August 05, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Fundamentalism in any form is an archaic way of thinking. Originalists want to take us back to the 18th century and deny any form of evolutionary thinking. I would think that anyone who would deny growth and accommodation for the world as it is now...and not 1783....is denying the fact that the US has grown and evolved. Which it has......in a more true sense.....You are the one who is not a true American. With an A
Tony August 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Actually, its individualism and not fundamentalism from which I derive my worldview. Attempting to place anyone who has a different view than your own into your preconceived categories so that you can give the same tired regurgitated responses might work on MSNBC, but not here Pal! My life experience as a soldier and a private citizen stands all by itself, I don't need the assistance of any group, including yours. I was blessed to have my great grand parents living until I was in my early twenties. Learning from those who lived through much of the history of this country like the Great War, the Great Depression, WWII, etc. has provided me with a perspective very few have experienced. One of the things they stressed was the need to reign in the government, especially govt spending. They always said if there was one thing they regret in their lifetime, it was allowing the passage of 'the social security.' They said it was the worst usurpation of personal liberty since the war between the states. I met my great great grandfather three times, he was a rough rider with Teddy Roosevelt.
Tony August 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Part 2 - He loved to play the fiddle at family reunions and talk about the old days, but for him the subject of the national govt was a sore one; he knew how bad things would come to be for future generations. He was a farmer all of his life after he left the Army, and knew the growth of the national govt meant one thing for the people, less freedom! I don't care if you associate me with this group or another, the fact is I am my own group, that is what sovereignty means! If some number of people happen to agree with me that our govt is operating way beyond the constraints of the rule of law, as proscribed in the context of the constitution that's great! It means I'm not the only one paying attention, it means we're growing in numbers and that any govt willing to deprive private citizens of our liberty has a reason to fear. Your assertions however are nothing more than a dubious effort to assuage the task of answering the relevant point of my message. The fact is, you have only revealed that you are not willing or are unable respond in a cogent and salient manner to the facts I have presented. Maybe you are on the govt dole? In which case you don't really have an opinion that is your own, you've been bought for a price.
Tony August 06, 2012 at 08:39 PM
@mike westman - You better get a new brush if you think you're going to paint me as an anarchist mikie. I strongly recommend a trip to the Holocaust Museum in DC and a few interviews with survivors if you want to educate me about world history! While you're at it maybe a trip down memory lane with F. A. Hayek in his book "The Road to Surfdom."
mike westman August 08, 2012 at 10:58 AM
I am sorry you have to feel the way you do.......I grew up in a Calvinist environment and learned about self reliance and the power of the individual.....I also realize that govt. taken to extremes will power itself over the individual.......But....when the individual stands out and proclaims his individualism above the needs and function of the society as a whole....then he...the staunch conservative (me me me) becomes the target of the govt. and that is where the whole thing falls apart. You cannot win and in your failed quest ....you injure the world around you. You may think that the power and dominion of the individual is the paramount entity in our society but you are mistaken.....we all have to live here. Say what you want...do as you wish...

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