Congressman Jackson Canth announced today at his home in District 2 that he would, after much speculation, indeed run for the vice presidential nomination of the Conservative Party. He will face Secretary of Intelligence Lynn Germaine of District 4 in the primary. If nominated, it would be the first time two members of the same family will form one ticket.
Canth is the younger brother of President Rick Canth of District 7. The younger Canth was elected to the House of Representatives in his own right whenever his brother was elected to the presidency. Upon his election to the House, Canth was selected to become the Conservative leader. Leading a small group, Canth managed to show his fundraising and campaigning clout as he managed to nearly overtake the Liberty supermajority in the House of Representatives, the first time an opposition party nearly toppled the majority. As a result, the Liberty Party was forced to strike a deal with the Conservatives in order to attain a working coalition so a second midterm election could be avoided. The coalition allowed for three leaders to emerge as rulers of the House: Canth of the Conservatives, Miranda O’Neal of Liberty, and Daniel Hutton of Centre.
Also during his reign as leader was the great presidential scandal that involved his brother. Canth was the House chairman placed in charge of the Joint Special Committee on Presidential Election Bribery, along with Senate chairwoman Alexandra West (who, ironically, is running for the Liberty VP nod). The committee forced Canth to fully examine his brother and his campaign’s actions in full, coming to the conclusion that wrongdoing had occurred in the House election that elected President Canth.
Canth’s primary battle against Lynn Germaine is expected to be brutal and bloody. Germaine is expected to point to her top-level cabinet post as well as her mayoralty in District 4’s largest city in order to show her experience in contrast with Canth, who has not even finished out a second term in the House. Also on the line is the Canth family name. While the name is quite a popular one for the Conservative Party, it’s not so certain for the general election. Canth will have to fight back questions regarding if he can remain viable while his brother sinks, or if he will be able to distinguish himself from his more famous sibling. Germaine, on the other hand, will have to face the brunt force of the Canth political machine and deal with Canth’s heavy name ID that will impede on her campaign from the very beginning.
Canth was approached by the press after his announcement and was asked about reelection to his current seat. Here’s what he had to say:
“First off, my sole focus at the moment is on two things: serving my constituents and my run for the vice presidency. While I am certain that we will see a double-Canth ticket in November, I will still seek reelection to the seat that I currently hold in the House of Representatives. If elected Vice President, I will resign the seat upon election and we will have a special election scheduled. However, right now, I’m running for vice president.”