That ‘War on Fox’ Guy Is Not Actually Running for Congress as a Democrat


Cable news and the Internet have many things in common, one of which is that they are both populated by lots of shameless attention-seekers. Perhaps it’s time to count the supposed Democratic House “candidate” Mike Dickinson — he of “war on Fox News” fame — as one of them?

Dickinson has made a bit of a name for himself this year by claiming that, if elected to Eric Cantor‘s House seat, he will wage war on the NRA, the tea party, and Fox News. Since then, he’s been in multiple Twitter wars and has appeared on Fox for confrontations with Sean Hannity and, on Thursday evening, Greta Van Susteren.

During his appearances, Fox labeled Dickinson as “(D-VA), Running For Congress.”

Just one problem with that: He’s not. At least not as a Democrat.

On Thursday morning, the Virginia 7th Congressional District Democratic Committee announced that it would cancel this year’s nominating convention, because no one had filed to run against incumbent Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The filing deadline — Thursday, April 10th, at 5:00 p.m. — passed by without any forms submitted by Dickinson. The committee’s chair tells Mediaite that he notified the party at “last minute” that he was not going to file.

None of that was disclosed by Dickinson when he appeared on Fox News last night. (UPDATE: The committee chairwoman provided us with emails that show her requesting that Dickinson “let the show know that [he is] not a Democratic candidate.”)

He never bothered to correct Van Susteren’s introduction of him as a “Democratic congressional candidate.” Nor has he corrected any of the articles about his appearance that label him a “Democratic candidate.” Yet he is more than happy to promote articles about himself:

And he sure seems to love the attention:

We’ve reached out to Dickinson for comment, but have yet to hear back.

We’ve also updated our article on the Van Susteren segment to reflect that Dickinson was not actually a “Democratic candidate” for office.

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