Patrick Fogarty of Gilbert wants to be the next president of the United States. It’s a decision he made about seven months ago.
The 39-year-old is hoping his nontraditional campaign will succeed through his grass-roots movement to get his name on the Democratic national ballot.
He’s getting the word out through his podcast, “Armchair President,” and his Web site, www.armchairpresident. com. The podcast, an audio broadcast over the Internet, gives people a chance to hear the way he sounds and puts sentences together, and it’s a way for him to correct spin and deception he researches.
Fogarty doesn’t have any political experience, but he said that’s not necessary. His background is in business and science, and his leadership role has been at the corporate level.
“I would argue that experience has led the country where it is today,” he said. “People need to stop looking at red and blue and see the special interest groups and lobbyists that control them. Until people get beyond that I don’t think I can succeed.”
He’s not raising money through special interest groups. He plans to collect money from individuals only.
He doesn’t have the backing of the Democratic Party. He wants individuals to support him and spread the word.
“Do you want someone who doesn’t lie?” he said. “All politicians deceive and spin at some level. How can you really vote for someone if they’re not telling the truth?”
To get on the ballot, Fogarty needs the support of 100,000 people from across the country. He also has to get each state’s secretary of state to put him on that state’s ballot. And he has until November to do this.
He’s 5 percent there. He said he has the support of 5,000 people through his Web site.
Fogarty produces two versions of his podcast. In one, he picks up current events and discusses the spin that surrounds the issues.
These episodes take him about five to 10 hours to research and tape. This version, usually about five to 10 minutes long, comes out every four to 10 days.
The second version of his podcast has him researching a topic that’s a major issue facing America and his stance on the issue. This version takes him 20 to 40 hours to research for an episode that’s about 20 to 25 minutes long. These episodes come out once a month.
Fogarty’s podcast won a Podcast Peer Award for best political podcast in 2006. The award is nominated and decided by people in the industry at
One of his supporters is Danielle Cutler, a stay-at-home Gilbert mom who has her own political podcast, “Truth Seekers.” A self-proclaimed “political nut,” Cutler said that after listening to Fogarty’s podcast she realized he “has a pretty good stance on things.”
“I like the fact that he’s really into getting rid of special interest groups and lobbyists and being more of a ‘for-thepeople’ guy,” said Cutler, 34. “His vision seems to be more believable than any other. He seems like he’s coming from an honest place.”