Some may remember him from his hilariously offbeat campaign for President in 2008. He was, at various stages, claiming to seek the nomination of the Libertarian, Green, Constitution and Reform parties. Eventually he decided he was an independent candidate, but he never actually got on the ballot in any state.
Imperato claims to be a lot of things. He says he’s a Papal Knight and a Knight of Malta, and also claims to be a knight of the Orden Bonaria. Whatever that means.
He’s also got ties to the Pope, the United Nations and numerous billionaires and celebrities.
Imperato’s one real trick is his ability to issue poorly worded press releases and have them picked up by search engines. So a simple search of his name will turn up all sorts of crazy stuff. At one point he issued a press release that he’d been spotted eating at a restaurant with celebrities. He also claimed to be involved in numerous film and television projects and, if memory serves, claimed that a company wanted to make him the start of a reality show.
The press releases were just hilarious:
September 20, 2007 – Last Night Imperiali Organization Founder and 2008 Leading Independent Presidential Candidate along with his wife, Lady of Zenobia Jan Imperato, were seen dining at New York City’s Cipriani’s Restaurant. Amongst their company were George Clooney and his lady friend.
The Imperato’s and Clooney were seated next to each other at the posh Manhattan eatery while enjoying a late night dinner. Although the subject matter of the conversation remains unknown, Imperato may have been discussing his upcoming i1films release, “The Red Worm”, with Clooney. Clooney is best known for his roles on ER, Batman, Ocean’s Eleven, Good Night and Good Luck, and Syriana.
Adding Clooney to the cast of “The Red Worm” adds to a high powered dynamic list of actors and producers that have expressed interest in participating with the film that includes Al Pacino, John Daly, Julio Herzer, and Sean Connery. Imperato is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings as well as his “Gathering the Nations” reception for dignitaries, ambassadors, business leaders, and special invited guests.
The event will launch the Imperato Worldwide Association, a project of the Imperato Foundation and will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue.
At various points, he or his “Imperiali Organization” — a company that may or may not actually exist — claimed to own a semi-pro basketball team and be involved in laying fiber optic cables under the ocean. He traveled to Monaco to watch races and held imaginary high-level discussions with UN ambassadors.
The homepage for the Imperiali Organization now just features a weird logo and the phrase “we do it best” in the bottom left corner.
What was particularly damaging about Imperato’s 2008 campaign was that he traveled around to a number of state Libertarian Party conventions. He was given time to speak at many of them, despite being clearly off his rocker. He would then contact the local media and inform them that he was the party’s candidate for President. So they would send a totally uninformed reporter out to interview him and he’d get actual press out of it… and make the LP seem like a bunch of kooks at the same time.
At the Libertarian convention he polled 4 out of 677 convention delegates. He picked up a single vote at the Constituion Party’s convention.
Now he’s back. Just as crazy as ever, but this time he’s trying to become governor of Florida.
A quick Google search finds little evidence of his past exploits, other than his 2008 campaign and goofy press releases. No movies, no basketball teams and no reality shows ever came to fruition.
But just a few weeks ago he did put out a rather crazy press release designed to look like a local news story. In the story, the “reporter” (it was probably written by a paid writer) compares Imperato to Charlie Crist and goes on and on about the influence that Imperato had on the 2008 race.
Here are some selected quotes:
Catching up with Daniel Imperato while bicycling around his hometown, this reporter was still unable to confirm plans to get on the statewide ballot for the November Governors race.
From 2005 to 2008 he crisscrossed the country soliciting support for an independent run for president. He reenergized the reform party, challenged the leadership of the Libertarian Party, flirted with the various Green parties and engaged members of the Constitution party. Because of this outreach, he chose to stay independent and is still committed to expanding the independent cause.
“Charlie Crist can use my global expertise to help him in the senate. He did a decent job governing the state but was slow to act as were most previous governors of our casual state. It is time for Florida to Be First! We can be the first independent governing team in US history, something that is long overdue. Political party power is passing back to the people.”
Elaborating on his plans, Imperato referred to the biking, “I guess I better get back in shape for another run. If my supporters succeed in drafting me to join Charlie Crist as the people’s independent Governor while he serves in the US Senate, then I would honor them with a platform highlighting vision, fact and humanity.”
It seems that Imperato’s supporters, also known as the two-dozen voices inside his head, have been successful in drafting him for run for Governor. He’s filed paperwork to be a candidate with No Party Affiliation.
The only question now is who will be picked to be his running mate? I’m sure we’ll get 20 press releases between now and when he has to formally name someone to the position.