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Meet the Also-Rans: Prohibition Candidate Gene Admonson

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Having already profiled candidates including a vampire, a satanist, and a Nazi, it seemed only natural to introduce you to a presidential wannabe who dresses up as death himself. Gene Admonson, who ran for president in 2004 as well, believes that the Prohibition era (1920-1933) was "America's greatest 13 years," and he's not above dressing as the grim reaper and staging protests at wineries and breweries to drive home his point.

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This member of the wagon-riding Prohibition Party says "this country cannot afford what alcohol costs us." (Ed. note: $8 for a pint of Guinness at some Manhattan bars!) Admonson, a minister and artist, won't be mollified by the "drink responsibly" ads put out by liquor makers, either. Trying to get alcohol producers to push responsibility, he says, is like "teaching a pig to eat with a spoon." Quite simply: it "can't happen." Much like his presidency.

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