Daryl Brooks, a perennial candidate in New Jersey elections and a convicted sex offender, was among those who watched unsubstantiated instances of voter fraud in Philadelphia and was brought up to speak at a press conference by President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, POLITICO reported on Monday.
Brooks ran for Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district in 2004, winning one-half of one-percent as the Green Party candidate against three-term Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) and Republican Bill Spadea. He finished last in a field of four candidates.
Two years later, he ran as the Poor People’s Campaign candidate for U.S. Senate against Democrat Bob Menendez and Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. Menendez had been appointed to fill a vacancy in the Senate earlier that year.
Nine candidates ran for the Senate in 2006 and Brooks finished 7th with 5,138 votes statewide, a little more than one-tenth of one percent. Another Trenton resident, Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion, received more than twice as many votes as Brooks.
In 2008, Brooks challenged U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg and received 0.46%. He ran again as the Poor People’s Campaign candidate and finished 1,935,293 votes behind Lautenberg, fifth in a field of seven.
Brooks was he Libertarian candidate for State Assembly in 2009, challenging Democratic incumbents Bonnie Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora. He won 1% of the vote.
He again challenged Menendez in 2012 and finished last in a field of 11 candidates as the Reform Party candidate. He received 2,066 votes statewide, .06, and lost to Menendez by 1,985,614.
During his campaign against Menendez, Brooks sought an alliance with the New Jersey Tea Party.
In 2014, he briefly sought a Trenton City Council seat but did not file.
Naked from the waist down and holding a bottle of brandy, Brooks was convicted of public masturbation in 1995, according to a published report.
Brooks identified himself as a Philadelphia resident.
The New Jersey State Police no longer lists him on the statewide sex offender registry. He does not show up on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law registry.
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