It looks like former 8chan executive and QAnon mega-celebrity Ron Watkins is considering a run for Congress in Arizona.
Watkins, whom many believe may be the source of the conspiracy theory, appeared as Q to documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback Earlier this year, he apparently filed a “statement of interest” with the Arizona Secretary of State on Wednesday to run as a Republican in the state’s first Congressional District, which would set him up against Democratic Representative Tom O’Halleran.
paperwork, first reported by VICE Newsmarks the first public step towards launching a campaign – the next step is to collect signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot.
While Watkins did not respond to Salon’s request for comment at the email or phone number indicated on the form, an employee of the Arizona State Department office confirmed to VICE News that he had verified all statements of intent before making them public—so the paperwork was almost certainly from the real Ron Watkins.
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The decision to explore the candidacy of one of QAnon’s biggest stars for federal office shows just how deep the conspiracy theory is. embedded in republican politicsand if the campaign continues, it will be an important litmus test for the party’s future.
Watkins seems to be wearing shoe leather already in the state, and was seen mixing with other MAGA candidates and right-wing celebrities this week. This includes a now-viral photo of Trump-approved Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake with a former TV host, Kari Lake. too many right-wing conspiracies embracedincluding Trump’s Big Lie.
Before becoming interested in Arizona politics, Watkins served for several years as the administrator of 8kun (formerly known as 8chan), where the original QAnon began sending cryptic letters after switching from 4chan. Q, of course, claimed to be an anonymous, high-ranking member of the Trump Administration with access to top secret intelligence.
After several security breaches where Q’s account was apparently hacked, many speculates speculate that Watson may have taken over the account – the theory being that Watkins’ “Q Into the Storm” by Hoback for HBO.
Watkins said of Donald Trump’s newly discovered fame and fortune as a champion of baseless election fraud allegations: “It was basically three years of intelligence training, teaching the norms how to do intelligence work. It’s basically what I’ve been doing anonymously before.”
He quickly tried to correct himself, but it seems that the damage was already done: “…but never as much as Q. Never as much as Q, I promise.”
Watkins does not currently appear to live in Arizona. According to VICE News, she lived in the Philippines with her father Jim Watkins, formerly 8kun owner, and recently moved to Japan.
But that won’t slow Congress’s hopes—all it has to do is move to Arizona before the campaign officially kicks off.