T.H.R.O. records

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T.H.R.O. records
Gargan, John Joseph ( John Joseph Gargan ), 1930-
Physical Description:
12.17 : (8 boxes) ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Florida -- Politics and government ( lcsh )
Florida -- Politics and government -- 20th Century ( lcsh )
Politicians ( lcsh )


Preferred Citation:
T.H.R.O. Records, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Jack Gargan
Longtime insurance agent and financial consultant John "Jack" Gargan became involved in politics in 1990, funding a series of newspaper ads sharing his anger ("I'm Mad as Hell...") over the federal government's heavy spending and lack of individual accountability in politics. He founded a loose organization called T.H.R.O. (Throw the Hypocritical Rascals Out) that became a rallying point for a wide variety of political malcontents. Because Gargan remained indiependent form either major political party, his supporters came from both sides of the political aisle. In the early 1990s, his ads attracted the attention of Ross Perot, who ran for president in 1992 and 1996 under the banner of the Reform Party. Gargan joined the Reform Party leadership at a time of transition and conflict in the party. As fast as he climbed that hierarchy, he fell from it in 2000. In Florida, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1998 and 2002. He spoke at the Libertarian National Convention in 2000. He wrote books on how to avoid paying income and estate taxes. Disgusted with political gridlock and the runaway deficit, Gargan left the U.S. for Thailand in 2005, anticipating the financial crash of 2008.

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University of South Florida Library
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University of South Florida
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Resource Identifier:
u29.328-t04-ead ( USFLDC Handle )

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