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Charles Wright Posey (born October 1, 1940) is an American Senator representing the state of Pacifica. He is best known for running in the 2004 primary for President against Jay Leno and Bruce Springsteen. He has served Pacifica in the Senate since 1991, when he was elected to his first term after two decades of service at the state level, including Lieutenant Governor from 1987-1991. In winning his Senate seat, he defeated eighteen-year incumbent and former Governor Bill Bennett, himself son of the longest-interred Governor WAC Bennett, to win election to a seat the Nationalists had held since 1943 (48 years at the time).
As Senator, he has often positioned himself as a bipartisan "bridge" and is regarded as a conservative Democrat. He was heavily criticized during the 2004 election for allegedly using his Sahalee-area machine to skew the recount in favor of Jay Leno, a charge he has vehemently disputed, even suing a conservative-leaning publication that alleged as much for libel. For the term 2011-2013, he served as the Democratic Party Chairman in addition to his duties as Senator. Posey announced in October of 2013 that he will seek a fifth term as Senator for Pacifica.