"When people see that Thomas Jefferson's on the ballot, half will think I'm committed to the Libertarian Party, and the other half will probably think I should be committed," Jefferson tells The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Jefferson was born in Abilene, Kansas, home of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. His LinkedIn profile states that he is an "independent computer hardware professional," while his YouTube page includes a stand-up-comedy audition for the Kathouse in Manhattan, Kansas. Another video, on a second YouTube profile (jtalbert1968), asserts that he has an IQ of 146 and is a "blend of raw sex appeal and awesomeness," as part of a talk about his commitment to be a "quirky inventor." His Twitter profile has been dormant since last October, when he reached out to Occupy Wichita and identified himself as a candidate for Congress, one of eight total tweets. Despite his status as an amateur comedian, Talbert assured the Capital-Journal that this was not a joke but an earnest attempt to call attention to his political platform.
According to his campaign site, the name change is part of a goal "to launch the Thomas Jefferson Project — which is an effort to end gridlock due to party differences by introducing the concept of voting for the person, not the party." As part of that project, Jefferson 2.0 wants to push for a return to the gold standard, enact a 12-year term limit for both houses of Congress, ensure full disclosure of campaign contributions, and encourage voters to consider candidates on the issues rather than by party affiliation.
He explains his stances on core issues on the site. While Jefferson doesn't personally support same-sex marriage, he believes Americans should have the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. He applies the same methodology to abortion, contending that the government shouldn't legislate morality.
Jefferson has to hope that this dead president story ends better than Abraham Lincoln's return to the theater. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has grossed just $36.4 million at the U.S. box office, and the movie cost $69 million to make.