Barring whatever happens in the Mississippi courts, there’s another way for Chris McDaniel to win the U.S. Senate race: a write-in campaign. Currently none of the write-in votes for McDaniel count because Shawn O’Hara is running on the Reform ticket. McDaniel or his allies could persuade O’Hara to drop out. There’s just one problem: no one can find him.
A records search for O’Hara shows two numbers for O’Hara but neither works.
According to a Mississippi source from Hattiesburg, O’Hara’s “home” address is now a parking lot for a Home Depot. The overheads for his home in 2106 Adeline St. show a recently demolished house. And there’s some question of whether or not O’Hara is even running for office. He has done no events and no interviews, and hasn’t filed to create an FEC committee for his U.S. Senate race this year.
An unsolicited search on his social security number provided to GotNews.com by a source shows that O’Hara may be using another social security number than his own.
Whatever the reason O’Hara’s silence is especially odd given that O’Hara has been no stranger to seeking the limelight in the past. He’s run for Congress against Gene Taylor, for the U.S. Senate against Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, and for the governorship three times.
Roll Call profiled O’Hara in July 2004.
The 46-year-old polymath – who says he is two courses away from attaining his sixth degree, a master’s in business administration – has written and self-published no less than 1,112 books, with the aim of securing a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. He once filled a 14-foot U-Haul truck with the volumes and presented them to a local elementary school for inspection. In his spare time, he has also penned 120 movie screenplays, 33 musicals and 3,600 songs.
O’Hara used October’s national convention in Diamondhead, Miss., to showcase his self-produced film “Rebel Lady,” a romantic comedy about a stripper out for vengeance after being unjustly incarcerated in a mental institution. The film featured 10 Reform Party candidates, with O’Hara himself in a lead role. (O’Hara later married his co-star, Amanda Rios, 21, and says he plans to enter the picture in the Sundance film festival.)
While the Cochran campaign and Henry Barbour invested considerably on the false narrative that Chris McDaniel is a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, O’Hara actually is.
O’Hara is an “outspoken defender of Samuel Bowers, former Imperial Wizard of the KKK in Mississippi,” according to The Fort Worth Star Telegram. Bowers was convicted in 1998 for the firebomb death of Vernon Dahmer, a civil rights activist from Hattiesburg. Despite no legal training, O’Hara says he worked on Bowers’ defense team because he was convinced that Bowers was innocent.
“O’Hara seems to live on a vacant lot now,” John Pittman Hey, an elections expert from Mississippi told GotNews.com.
Hey says he once caught O’Hara forging signatures in some federal pleadings.
“I reported him to the FEC attorneys but they did nothing about,” says Hey. “I cannot find a copy of his qualifying petition online.”
Hey concedes that it may have been O’Hara’s girlfriend filing the forms and that his “house could have been torn down after he filed his last paperwork in 2011.”
The Reform Party doesn’t officially back O’Hara but that hasn’t stopped from some Chris McDaniel supporters calling on him to drop out.
“Shawn O’Hara, Mississippi gadfly and perennial candidate, could be a national hero by dropping out as Reform Party candidate for Mississippi Senate candidate, thereby allowing write-in votes for Chris McDaniel,” says consultant Rick Shaftan.
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