The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Libertarian Jack Talbert is a long shot to beat Republican Mike Pompeo in November. Talbert changed his name to launch something he calls the "Thomas Jefferson Project."
"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 said. "But whether you think it's crazy or not, hopefully it gets people thinking about the founding fathers and Thomas Jefferson in particular and whether we have that form of government still."
Jefferson said he is especially concerned with domestic security measures put in place after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that give the president broad powers to detain citizens.
His candidacy is also meant to be a springboard for the "Thomas Jefferson Project," which is centered on limiting the power of the Federal Reserve banking system and returning to the gold standard, according to Jefferson's website.