Philadelphia "vampire" hopes to be a delegate at the GOP convention

Patrick Rodgers, a music promoter with custom-made fangs, battled Wells Fargo.
Patrick Rodgers, a music promoter with custom-made fangs, battled Wells Fargo. (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 27, 2012

Patrick Rodgers, the self-styled Philadelphia "vampire" whose celebrated legal fight with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage garnered national headlines last year, is a big Ron Paul fan.

So the music promoter with custom-made fangs is attempting to get on the Pennsylvania primary ballot as a delegate for the Republican presidential candidate.

If he wins a spot, he can then go to the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa, Fla., to support Paul.

Vampire. Republican convention. Why not?

William Faust, a volunteer delegate coordinator for Paul's campaign, said Rodgers was asked to run because his political views were a "good match" with the candidate's.

So what are Rodgers' views?

He is alarmed by what he sees as an erosion of personal liberty and freedom in the United States under the "guise of this never-ending war on terror," he said in an interview. He also thinks that the nation has suffered greatly "from these needless wars of choice."

Rodgers and Paul differ in some areas. For example, Rodgers supports abortion rights. Paul is antiabortion.

"I have yet to meet a politician that I agree with on everything," said Rodgers, who owns a Queen Village music store, Digital Ferret, and books concerts for goth and industrial artists.

Rodgers attracted media interest last year after he took Wells Fargo to court in a dispute over insurance on the replacement value of his home in Wynnefield. He secured the threat of a sheriff's sale of the contents of a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office, making him a bit of a folk hero for people upset about the home-foreclosure crisis.

Rodgers was interviewed by CNN and Fox News about the case, and participated in a segment on The Colbert Report that poked fun at both news outlets for not asking him about his fangs.

"He's an interesting character," Faust said of Rodgers. The campaign is interested only in his politics, Faust said.

Rodgers is seeking to be a delegate in the Second Congressional District, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. To make it on the ballot, Rodgers is required to collect 250 signatures by Feb. 14, though he is aiming for several hundred more, just to be safe.

He expects a "hectic couple of weeks ahead, but I'm looking forward to it."


Contact staff writer Robert Moran at 215-854-5983, bmoran@phillynews.com, or @RobertMoran215

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