Just who is Michael J. Meehan of St. Louis, Mo.? If you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s the next president of the United States.
Meehan, 57, is indeed running for president. His name will appear on the Republican ballot for the presidential primary in Missouri on Feb. 7, along with candidates Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Keith Drummond, Jon Huntsman, and Michele Bachmann.
Meehan has not held political office before, nor has he tried to. Instead, he is a real estate broker with Remax Premiere in Crestwood. But when the economy began turning sour in 2008, Meehan says he got a close look at how adversely the American people were being affected by the gross mismanagement of the government system.
“A lot of people are PO’d at what’s going on,” he said. “People are scared. Families are scared for their kids. I honestly believe no one really cares about us working stiffs.”
Meehan says he felt an obligation to run. And to prove he’s serious, he shelled out $1,000 to get on the Missouri ballot.
Meehan lists four talking points on his business card:
1) Congress will “serve” and leave when service is over – no retirement, no benefits.
2) A balanced budget amendment within four years
3) Serious reform – banking, Wall Street, welfare, etc.
4) Restructure Income Tax – Build consensus to a fair tax plan (keep largest percentage of taxes in the cities/counties
While Congress might not approve of a balanced budget initiative, an amendment could be achieved through the states.
“If we must, we will bypass Congress and per Article 5 of the Constitution, we will make amendments by convention of the people,” he says.
Once an Article 5 convention has proposed amendments, then each of those amendments would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (i.e. 38 states) to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
Missouri isn’t Meehan’s only battleground. He also signed up for the New Hampshire primary Jan. 10. Along with the Iowa caucuses, it receives massive media coverage.
Meehan is there now, traveling from city to city to get his message out. He intends to hit 10 towns and talk to 150-200 people a day until Jan. 10. But he has a lot of competition. There are 30 candidates running on the Republican ticket and 14 on the Democratic side.
Meehan believes that someone needs to challenge the way the country is being governed and why not him?
“What if I came in fifth?” he ponders.
However it turns out, Meehan insists he is not a politician, nor does he desire a political career. His quest for the presidency is based on hope, with a strong faith in truth and doing what is right, he says.
Meehan is married and recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary. His web site can be found at www.michaelmeehanforpresident.com.