Candidate hopes aliens will be a universal issue
Apr. 24, 2002
Steven T. Dennis
Staff Writer

Stephen Bassett believes in aliens. Lots of them. But the government has covered up their presence for more than 50 years.

That's why he wants your vote for Congress.

Last week, Bassett announced at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that he will run as an independent against Rep. Constance A. Morella (R-Dist. 8) of Bethesda. He hopes to draw attention to his belief that the government has maintained a pervasive cover-up of alien incursions at least since the purported Roswell, N.M., incident in 1947.

Bassett, a Gaithersburg resident, bills himself as the nation's only registered UFO lobbyist.

He needs 4,000 signatures from registered voters to put his name on the November ballot.

Bassett, 55, said he hopes to draw about 5 percent of the vote, perhaps enough to play spoiler in one of the nation's highest-profile congressional races and maybe even determine which party controls the House of Representatives next year.

The theme of his campaign is Disclosure 2003.

"It's my view that next year represents the first really good opportunity to end the cover-up, end the truth embargo and let the planet get on with its business," he said.

Bassett also said District 8 will be fertile ground for his candidacy.

"Montgomery and Prince George's counties are just about the nicest places to live that there are," he said. "This is certainly an area that can look beyond the local issues."

Beyond the aliens issue, Bassett favors building the Intercounty Connector and the Purple Line expansion of the Metrorail system. And he promised "common sense" positions on more than 200 issues before the end of the campaign, many of them having little to do with aliens.

Bassett said his positions overall are probably left of center; he used to be a registered Democrat. But he said his extraterrestrial-themed campaign should appeal equally to both parties.

"If there is any bipartisan issue in this world, this should be it," he said.