I met him a few times, when I was really just a wannabe activist. I marched in some parades and passed out some buttons for candidates, and Swisher was there too. He was doing the same, handing out literature and walking. My sole thought about him at the time: He was overdressed. It was far too hot to walk in a parade sporting khakis, a polo, and a jacket.
And then I got more active, and I never saw him again, though his name would come up from time to time. When he was in Kansas, he was doing marketing and campaign work for Republicans. He was also involved with the Traditional Republican Assembly or the Kansas Republican Assembly or the Assembly of Kansas Republicans. This was all way, way before my time of activism.
I found a few things about the KRA from Earl Glynn's now-less-active, Drudge-like site, Kansas Meadowlark. At one time, there were two Kansas Republican Assembly groups in Kansas. One was full of so-called mods (ahem. Democrats.) The other was supposedly conservative Republicans. Swisher
Swisher, however, cut his losses and moved on to Tennessee. I don't think things went well there.
First, there's this, from Twitter: Yeah, I didn't make that meme. Someone else on Twitter did. It's the @NotJacobSwisher Twitter handle. Someone somewhere is not a fan.
Though that's really the least of the Swisher concerns. In January, the Tennessee Republican Assembly permanently revoked Swisher's membership. What on Earth..?
"This step was not taken lightly, but was required by the TRA's deep commitment to ethical principals and behaviors," the group wrote in a release.
The TRA release says Swisher did not honor his business commitments in Tennessee. Bottom line: I don't think Swisher is in Tennessee anymore. It appears he's moved on to Massachusetts.
And in February, someone in Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Swisher and his business, GOV AIM.
Frank Addivinola of Boston wrote in a Facebook post that he wanted to alert others to Swisher's dubious nature. Addivinola met Swisher in early 2014 when Swisher gave a presentation on campaigning to the annual MARA convention. (I think this is some version of a political group convention.)