Update: The following press release, Caffeinated Thoughts has learned, was sent out in an attempt to mislead Federalist Party members as part of an attempt to take over the party. We apologize for running this. Our editor, Shane Vander Hart, provides an update here.

The Federalist Party on Friday announced that California business entrepreneur JD Rucker is stepping down as the first party organizer to set a clear precedent for future leaders in the burgeoning movement that the federalist principles of restrained and balanced government will supersede any one person or personality as the party organically grows.

The party was formed in 2016 out of frustration with both the Republican and Democratic Parties which continue to increase the size, power, and scope of the federal government. The emergent Party — which has no current ballot status — stands for restrained, balanced government as was intended by the signers of the U.S. Constitution.

“James Madison correctly noted that men are not angels, and that especially applies to men or women in positions of political power, be it nascent or absolute,” Mr. Rucker said. “Knowing that — truly understanding that — demands that I set in motion a tradition of annually rotating leadership to restrain the base, natural instincts of leaders clinging to power at the expense of all else. If a real party is taking root, it must take root organically and as autonomously as possible in each of the 50 states,” Rucker said.

The Federalist Party of America ™ announced that it will be choosing a new and temporary leader at a meeting next week.

“The Federalist Party of America ™ is under no illusion that creating a viable new political party in America is an easy task,” said party spokesperson Patricia Nicklaus. “But the party has three key things going for it: tens of thousands of member/followers within a single year; a set of clear and realistic political principles that were set down in ink by the some of the most respected political minds in world history, and the lessons of failure from a junkyard full of parties that tried to grow too fast, only to be sidelined by individual egos and infighting. The Federalist Party of America™ hopes to learn from those failures by taking one baby step at a time, and by always focusing on principles over personalities.”

The Federalist Party of America™ has no plans to run candidates in the 2018 political cycle, instead focusing on growing out its membership, identifying additional state leaders, and establishing bylaws and a clear, forward-looking platform that will appeal to as many Americans as possible frustrated with their current political party options. Mr. Rucker will remain an active supporter of the Federalist Party of America™.

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