During the period June-August 2010, Josue Larose, a 30-year old resident of Deerfield Beach, Florida, created 40 new political parties, and has registered them with the Florida Secretary of State. He is state chair of all of them. None of them is running any candidates this year. Larose himself is a registered Republican. Here is a short news story about him from 2009. This original post on this subject said he formed 39, but the commenter below is correct; Larose created 40.
Larose earlier had created and registered 160 Political Action Committees. He had been a write-in candidate for U.S. House, 19th district, in the April 13, 2010 special election, but according to official results, received zero votes in that race. He had also run as a write-in candidate in a special election for State Senate, 28th district, in the August 4, 2009 special election, and had received seven votes. He is a declared write-in candidate for Governor of Florida. He says he is also a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate, but he can’t register as a write-in for that office, because Florida won’t let anyone run for two offices simultaneously.
The bylaws for his political parties provide that the party chair be escorted by armed bodyguards at all times and that the party provide him with a limo and a private jet.
The Florida Secretary of State’s office will probably ask the legislature next year to provide that when someone qualifies a political party, that person must be a registered member of that party. Florida already requires nominees of political parties (for office other than President) to be registered members of the party that nominated the person, so this would be a minor change that would prevent anyone from keeping a current registration of more than a single political party (in other words, if a person qualifies one party and then leaves it to form another one, the qualification of the first party would be canceled). Here is a story that mentions that Larose has formed 39 political parties. Thanks to Darcy Richardson and Austin Cassidy for this news.