Florida GOP Candidate Jacob Rush Is a Big Fan of Vampire Role-Playing
"As I travel the district, I hear the exact same things," Florida Republican congressional candidate Jacob A. Rush writes on his campaign website. "People are nervous; they don't understand their government anymore -- it literally makes no sense."
Rush, however, has now been outed as an active member of an intricate and bizarre vampire role-playing society. It makes people nervous. We don't understand it. It literally makes no sense.
Rush, a 35-year-old lawyer and former sheriff's deputy in Gainesville, announced earlier this month he's entered the Republican primary in Florida's Third District to take on Tea Party fave Ted Yoho. According to Saint Petersblog, however, rumors soon began swirling about his gothic hobbies.
Apparently, Rush has been active in an intricate vampire-themed role-playing game called Mind's Eye Theater. There's really no way to explain this game in non-geeky terms, but we'll try our best. The game is based on Vampire: The Masquerade, a traditional table-top role-playing game created by White Wolf Studios. Mind's Eye participants have taken this one step further by dressing as their characters and playing a live-action version of the game. They also have a version of the game they play online. Basically, they adopt fantasy characters and pretend to go on quests and whatnot together, and their interactions are governed by a loose set of rules. The website also says they do stuff for charity. So geek stuff for a good cause?
Rush appears to have done a good job of deleting most of his internet trail related to the game, but St. Petersblog has discovered a page detailing photos that Rush (under the username "JRush") had uploaded to a Wiki connected to the game. This, of course, included hilarious images of Rush in costume.
Here is Rush's portrait from his law firm's website: