27-Year-Old Is Trying to Run for President -- You Too Can Be a "Presidential Candidate"

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The Constitution dictates that in addition to being a citizen and a U.S. resident for at least 14 years, a presidential candidate must be at least 35 years old. Calling the last requirement "age discrimination," 27-year-old South Floridian Ryan Lipner is plowing forward with his quest for the presidency, and on September 19, he sent a letter to the Florida Division of Elections stating his intention to run for the highest office.

In return, the Florida Department of State sent him a letter addressed to "Mr. Ryan Lipner, Candidate for President of the United States," acknowledging that he has been placed on the state's active candidate list on the Division of Elections website

Though the words presidential candidate form an impressive title, the term leaps ahead of its meaning this early in the process.

A spokesperson for the Florida Department of State explains that the Division of Elections online candidate list is strictly informational and that the people listed are not recognized by their declared parties or in any official capacity. The spokesperson clarifies that the website is used for people to notify the public of their intent but that it does not, in any way, make someone a legitimate candidate. Essentially, it's the U.S. democracy's built-in ego stroke for anyone who wishes to partake.

For someone to qualify as a presidential candidate on the 2012 primary ballot in Florida, that person's party must nominate him or her for subsequent approval by the Presidential Candidate Selection Committee, in accordance with the Federal Qualifying Handbook -- or the presidential hopeful could file paperwork as a write-in candidate, and voters could then add that person's name to the ballot to cast a vote in his or her favor -- a rarely used political long shot. So, if you too would like to run for president, you may want to rethink your chances of becoming a bona fide candidate.

Lipner says that he became a "presidential candidate" in both 2004 and 2008 (when New Times previously caught up with him) and that he truly feels he should be president and is not pursuing this as a joke or making a mockery of our democracy. Lipner is known for his obsession with Hallmark stores as a teen and for opening branches without the company's permission, leading him "to grand theft, bankruptcy, imprisonment, and possibly insanity -- all before his 18th birthday," according to a 2001 New Times story

Lipner says he will take his candidacy as far as he can and will fight the age limit in court, challenging the Constitution for a shot at a line on the ballot. For better or worse, he says, he has never allowed age to interject between him and his goals.


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17 comments
angrybird
angrybird

BEWARE OF RYAN LIPNER THIS LITTLE SCUM BAG NEEDS TO GO AWAY! He is taking peoples money for legal services, stating he is an attorney with a suspend license or he is a Paralegal OR he is going to law school! LIES LIES AND MORE LIES! He is currently on probabtion for Grand Theft 1st Degree for 15 years until June 2017! How can we put him away??? He is skating under the law to rip off the community and he needs to be stopped! Even court judges say that he should have went to jail a long time ago! He hides behind his Bipolar disorder so he gets away with it! SOMEONE HELP ALL US VICTIMS... contact me thru LOIS if you are a victim, she will get you in touch with me.

Jasminedkkr
Jasminedkkr

He recently started advertising on Craigslist as a divorce preparer. He actually told my friend that he was trying to gain more experience so that he could start family law. Complete with an office in Pembroke Pines, he took 100 dollars, my friends personal info, and swore that the court would be in touch. I am unsure if he changed his number but after various attempts to be reached he has avoided all efforts to be contacted...however...that little fucker had a facebook at one point where we proceeded to write his family and friends.

mark
mark

i have had a personal problem   with him too  here is my  email  lets   try and find  this dirty bad  coast2coastmark@gmail.com  people like this should be  ??

Lois
Lois

I was ripped off by Ryan Lipner, also. Please call me.  Lois- 954 687 3338.

normal
normal

Are You Serious? Mr.Liptner is an obvious mental case but what does this say for the garbage paper and the writer who published this insanity.

drall
drall

"The Constitution dictates that in addition to being a citizen and a U.S. resident for at least 14 years, a presidential candidate must be at least 35 years old. "

I think you need to be born in the US... not just live here 14 years.

Matthew B
Matthew B

14 years resident and born on US soil

drall
drall

Oh and he is a nut. Stop wasting out time... and go home and grow up.

Somebody77
Somebody77

What a facking douchebag grand theft, bankruptcy, imprisonment. If this stupid piece of shiz gets elected i will lose all faith in this facked up country and leave.

Kevin C.
Kevin C.

This is what passes for journalism? Some guy with a history of mental illness (as reported in the Miami New Times) thinks that he is running for President of the United States? Why not just go down to the looney bin and interview people who think that they are Jesus?

MOEJOHNSON46
MOEJOHNSON46

THIS GUY IS AN ABOSULTE FRAUD,IN 2010 HE HAD A CRAIGSLIST AD POSTED THAT HE DOES FAST DIVORCES FOR $89 SO OF COURSE MYSELF AND A CO WORKER SOUGHT OUT HIS SERVICES AND YES WE PAID THE MONEY BUT HE NEVER DID WHAT HE SAID AND CHANGED HIS NUMBER AND LOCATION.THIS GUY DESERVES TO BE IN JAIL OR EVEN BETTER DEAD.

Stringil
Stringil like.author.displayName 1 Like

I was ripped off by Ryan Lipner also.  Please call me. Lois 954 687 3338.

Lois
Lois

Anyone that's been conned by  Ryan, please call Bob Sweeney at 954-253-6484. He is trying to have him arrested and needs depositions from others that have been scammed. This guy needs to be put behind bars - he's stolen from a lot of people! 

Jayson Neira
Jayson Neira

I have paid him $200 to do the same he is now not returning my call, and i'm not able to reach him. Filled all my paperwor wrong, my ex-wife moved out of town my new weeding date is in one week have bought flights for everyone in the family even the one out side the country they all took off work already, got the limo, got everything ready exept the cake (I guess I was waiting for the Icing on the cake ) Opp there it is... If you had same problems with this guy call me Im going after him. 561 305 4765

Anthony Cutaia
Anthony Cutaia

This article brings up an interesting point though. There are so many people that run for office I believe only to get free money. If he even earns $1 in support for his campaign it will be $1 he didn't earn working. he is in my opinion making a mockery of our election system and exploiting it to make money...but then again so do all those other hopefuls.Still, he needs to stop this and get a job or be serious about it and start working for other elected officials.

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