- April 26 - Claiming that the American people "deserve
better," a potted plant, commonly known as "Ficus,"
formally announced its campaign this morning to
seek the Congressional seat in New Jersey's 11th
District as a write-in candidate on both the
Democrat and Republican Party ballots in the June
"The United States Congress is full of babbling
idiots and bumbling morons," said Ficus
campaign strategist and filmmaker Michael Moore.
"Most run unopposed in their primaries and 95%
are re-elected every time in the general election.
What we get from these Congressmen-for-life is a
lot of hot air, a bunch of promises that are never
kept, problems like health care and education that
are never addressed, more taxes for a bigger
military when there are no wars, and a bigger
paycheck for Congress when they don't deserve it."
Moore, in presenting the Ficus at a press
conference in the historic town square of
Morristown, New Jersey (site of George
Washington's military headquarters), also
announced that Ficuses in more than twenty other
Congressional districts around the country (see
list), where the incumbent faces little or no
opposition, are also entering the race.
"Ficus Fever is sweeping the nation," said Moore.
"In a country where the majority no longer vote,
writing in Ficus will give the disenfranchised voter a
chance to cast a vote for "None of the Above!"
Ficus will run as both a Democrat and a
Republican because, according to Moore, "There is
little difference between the two so-called parties."
"Both the Democrat and Republican nominees for
President are for NAFTA, for the death penalty, for
increased military spending, against immediate
universal health care, against stringent gun control
that would ban handguns, and both looked like
pandering idiots regarding their exploitation of that
six-year old Cuban boy."
"But, more important, both parties are beholden to
those who pay for their campaigns. Why should the
wealthy have two parties doing their bidding, and
the other 90% of Americans have no real
The Ficus will accept no campaign contributions.
All it needs is air, sunlight, and water.
"And a little fertilizer," which Moore said the Ficus
"should find plenty of in Washington."
Moore said that "all Ficuses running for Congress
across the country meet the Constitutional
qualifications: each Ficus is at least twenty-five
years old, each has been in the U.S. for at least
seven years, and each is a resident of the district
where it seeks election."
A search of the official Ficus website -
www.Ficus2000.com - confirms that at least
twenty-one potted plants are running as write-in
candidates in states such as California, Illinois,
Pennsylvania, and Alabama.
The Congressional seat in New Jersey's 11th
District, which covers Morris County and part of
Essex County - and is inhabited by the state's
highest income earners - is currently held by Rep.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, a three-term Republican,
and the thirteenth wealthiest member of Congress.
Frelinghuysen's father once held the same seat
and, since 1793, New Jersey has sent six
Frelinghuysens to Congress -- four to the U.S.
Senate and two to the House of Representatives.
"We think it's time to point out to the Frelinghuysen
Family that we live in a democracy, not a dynasty. If
no credible human out of the district's 500,000
voters was willing to step forward and challenge
Mr. Frelinghuysen, at least the voters now have a
houseplant to give them a real choice on June 6."
Moore said the Ficus will run under the slogans:
"FICUS: Because We Deserve Better"
"Put a Houseplant in the House - Vote Ficus."
Anyone around the country who would like to
challenge their incumbent Congressman with a
potted plant is encouraged to contact Moore on the
www.Ficus2000.com web site.
"The choice is simple - hot air or oxygen? I've seen
a lot of politicians lie, cheat, steal, and use
improper syntax. I have never met one who can
Ficus Congressional Districts