We may be on the verge of a dual Papacy:
Claude E. Pope Jr., a Brunswick County businessman and former Wake County Party chairman, announced his candidacy for state GOP Party chairman on Wednesday. Claude Pope is a distant cousin of Art Pope. He is also the son of Claude Pope Sr. who served as Commerce Secretary under Republican Gov. Jim Martin. A stretch of U.S. 1 in Wake County is named for Claude Pope Sr.
An interesting historical note: Avignon was spanked by the Plague twice during the Pope/Anti-Pope years, taking thousands of the slightly confused devout in the process. Was it God, or merely an unfortunately large collection of people with poor hygiene? Either way, the Tea Party needs to pay attention to this.