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Radical Right: The Constitution Party and the Strange Case of Chelene Nightingale by Gregory Hilton

Chelene Nightingale was the 2010 American Independent Party (AIP) candidate for Governor of California. AIP is the state affiliate of the Constitution Party.

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill

I definitely have enemies in both the Libertarian and Constitution Parties, and I deserve them. I have challenged them and I will continue to do so. I am not looking for a fight, but both parties are spreading blatant lies, and they are having a significant impact with young people.
Far too many Republicans are ignoring them. Conservatives who have bolted to the Libertarians have already cost the GOP three seats in the U.S. Senate, a Governorship, seven House seats and two states (Indiana and North Carolina) in the 2008 presidential election.
Isolationist sentiments are increasing in the GOP, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate, was able to raise $36 million for his 2008 GOP campaign. His son has since been elected to the Senate, and they have a number of allies in the House.
Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, and came within one vote of winning at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. 2012 is certain to be the most successful year ever for the Libertarians, and in a close race, they are capable of providing the margin of victory for the re-election of President Obama.
The Libertarian and Constitution Party platforms are similar and they often make cross endorsements. Members of both parties claim to be strong conservatives, but they advocate a defense and foreign policy which is well to the left of Speaker Pelosi, and an economic agenda which would plunge America into a depression. Both groups complain about RINO’s (Republicans in Name Only), but they are truly the real RINO’s.

  • A major advocate of the Constitution Party and its defeated gubernatorial candidate is Larry Hobson. Last night he made this post on his Facebook Wall: “If you have Gregory Hilton as a Facebook friend hes a troll. Delete this guy. Make sure you help get the word out. He is on Facebook bad mouthing Chelene Nightingale.”
  • Heinz Von Ruff says “Wow Greg you have no proof of anything. You are a giant ASSHOLE.”
  • John Heida called me an “idiot” and a “real jerk” because “I call people names but without proof.”

I do not have a lot of time for research but they deserve some proof, and that is why I have written this article. On my Wall, Larry wrote: “I know Chelene well. . . The Republican Party is just mad at her for running against the lunatic Meg Whitman. . . Chelene is a true conservative the only one that was running for Governor. Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown are about the same.” My original post was:

I am embarrassed to say that I have 363 mutual friends with Chelene Nightingale, who is a complete and total lunatic. About 98% of them are men. The list includes a classmate I really respect, so I had to ask him why he is part of Chelene’s tribe. I received the typical guy response. He knew nothing about her. He just looked at the photos and thought she was attractive. I have a feeling the other guys are also clueless about Chelene.

Who is Chelene Nightingale?
She has been both a Democrat and a Republican, and in March of 2009 she joined the Constitution Party. She was their 2010 gubernatorial candidate, and raised less than $25,000. Her campaign website lists no college education. Larry Hobson keeps bragging that Chelene “set a record” in her campaign. He is referring to the 1.7% of the vote she received in the general election.
Nightingale, 44, claims to have been an actress until 1998. She appeared in the low budget HBO movie “Girl Crazy,” and was an extra on “The Nanny,” “Northern Exposure” and “Days of Our Lives.” Her last job was handing out cheese in a supermarket, and her resume also includes:

2006, campaign manager for the Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate.
2007, she was the managing director of the anti-immigration organization Save Our State (SOS), which was described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. While practically everyone is opposed to illegal immigration, Nightingale’s group worked with vigilantes.
Nightingale was too extreme for even the Minuteman Project. Their founder, Jim Gilchrist, says her “associate, Robert Crooks, produced and distributed a video portraying the shooting of illegal aliens to death, and covertly burying their bullet–ridden bodies in the Campo, Ca. desert. . . Shawna Forde was one of her associates and allies.” Forde is now awaiting trial for the murder of a 9 year old migrant worker girl and her father.
2007, Under her leadership, SOS membership declined 90% and the group went out of business. Davi Rodrigues worked for Nightingale and says: “It soon became apparent it was all about Chelene instead of our agenda. I was there since the beginning and became one of the administrators, but I’m a stickler for legalities. . . I have zero respect for Nightingale. . . She is a manipulative lying drama queen. As far as I’m concerned, she should be tarred, feathered, and run out of the conservative movement as a poser.”
2008, she met with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and endorsed his presidential campaign. One of the major reasons she sited for opposing John McCain was because of his membership in the Council on Foreign Relations.
2009, files for personal bankruptcy and loses her home to foreclosure. She was asking the federal government for protection from her state debts, while also claiming as a candidate that she would stand up to the government on issues such as water rights and immigration.
2010, is nominated for governor and receives endorsements from former Reps. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Virgil Goode (R-VA).

What Else Does She Believe?

Nightingale says she was motivated to seek office in part because we have “a serving president without a birth certificate.” In her video interview with 911Blogger.com, she expresses concerns about the New World Order, the Bilderbergs, and the Rockefeller brothers. She previously spoke of conspiracy theories concerning the Council on Foreign Relations. She says her political beliefs changed on 9/11, which she describes as an “inside job”:

But along came the tragic day on 9/11. Like millions around the world, I watched the news in horror, yet something did not seem truthful. I am no rocket scientist or engineer, but the way the buildings collapsed did not seem right. And how did everyone escape the Pentagon? Why did that scene look not so tragic? I could not put the pieces together, but questions were raised and it forced me to pay some attention to politics. . .
I wondered how those planes barreled into those buildings that were supposed to have been built for such catastrophes; and watch them all collapse at different times, different ways, different methods. So when you have professionals in their fields coming out and saying ‘well this just doesn’t add up’, and you think back to the day when you were watching the news yourself and you have questions.

She believes there are government airplanes dispersing chemicals to poison us, which she calls chemtrails. She discusses this in her video interview and says “very blue” sky and cloud vapor “chemtrails” may be stratospheric aerosol geo-engineering.
At SOS she organized a march to the Federal Building in Westwood in opposition to the fictitious North American Union (NAU) which she claims is the pending merger of Mexico, Canada and the United States. An NAU has never existed and no official of the U.S. government has ever advocated it. Nightingale spoke of a new Amero currency and a NAFTA superhighway, neither of which has ever existed.
Michael Williams at uncoverage.net summarized her candidacy by saying: “A vote for Nightingale is a vote for stupidity. She is an unemployed uneducated dolt! She ran around with xenophobes and border vigilantes for six years. She can’t run her own finances, and thinks that 9-11 was planned by our government (all online in her own words). She is unstable.”