Tea Party Candidate Thinks He's the Messiah

Tim D'Annunzio believes god will drop a pyramid on Greenland

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 25, 2010 7:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Republican leaders have declared open war on Tim D'Annunzio, a Tea Party-backed North Carolina congressional candidate who they fear may be insane. They're publicizing documents from D'Annunzio's divorce, in which his wife testifies that he called himself the messiah, predicted God would drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid on Greenland, and claimed to have found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona. A doctor also revealed that he smokes pot almost every day, reports the AP

Years later, a judge ruled that he had willfully skipped child support payments, adding that he'd described himself as a “religious zealot” who considered the government the “Antichrist.” The chairman of the North Carolina GOP says D'Annunzio “has disqualified himself by his background, his record and his behavior.” But he might actually win; he got more votes in initial primary voting than anyone else, and has plenty of cash for his runoff with local sportscaster Harold Johnson.

Tim D'Annunzio, republican congressional candidate for North Carolina's 8th district, answers a question during a press conference in Concord, N.C. on Monday, May 24, 2010.
Tim D'Annunzio, republican congressional candidate for North Carolina's 8th district, answers a question during a press conference in Concord, N.C. on Monday, May 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Tim D'Annunzio, Republican congressional candidate for North Carolina's 8th district, speaks at a news conference in Concord, N.C. on Monday, May 24, 2010.
Tim D'Annunzio, Republican congressional candidate for North Carolina's 8th district, speaks at a news conference in Concord, N.C. on Monday, May 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
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