'Thomas Jefferson' Running For U.S. House

Some residents of Kansas have the chance to send a Founding Father to Congress. Jack Talbert is the Libertarian candidate in the state's fourth district — or, to be precise, a man formerly named Jack Talbert. He legally changed his name to Thomas Jefferson, calling it a tribute.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some residents of Kansas have the chance to send a founding father to Congress. Jack Talbert is Libertarian, running in the state's fourth district. To be precise, a man formerly named Jack Talbert is running. He legally changed his name to Thomas Jefferson, which we will call him from now on. Mr. Jefferson calls his name change a tribute to the nation's third president. It will also most likely boost his name recognition in this fall's election. It's MORNING EDITION.

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