HARPSWELL, Maine — Andrew Ian Dodge, a tea party activist and writer who ran for U.S. Senate in 2012, died Friday of cancer at the age of 46.
According to his website, AndrewIanDodge.com, Dodge died of a form of incurable cancer.
“If you are reading this I will have succumbed to the forces of cancers that have been ravaging my body for the last little while,” he wrote. “The last fight betwixt my body with the help of cancer treatment and cancer has not gone according to plan. The hordes of cancer plague entities have felled their host on the battlefield of life.”
Dodge graduated from Colby College and obtained a postgraduate degree from Hull University in the United Kingdom.
A freelance writer, his work was published in the Huffington Post, Canada Free Press and Washington Examiner, among others.
In a July 1, 2014, op-ed published in the Brunswick Times Record, Dodge urged the United States to resist sending forces to Iraq.
“That sectarian fight is not one for the U.S. to meddle in, as we neither understand it nor have any place it in,” he wrote. “Though it might sound cynical and cold … it is time for the U.S. (and the West for that matter) to sit back and the let them have it. Maybe aid the Kurds so they can keep their territorial integrity but other than than that lets sit this one out.”
Journalist Raheem Kassam, writing on Breitbart.com, reported that Dodge “was a huge fan of Baroness Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan,” Kassam wrote. “He was an ardent libertarian and argued fiercely against the Tea Party moving towards what he deemed to be the extreme right.”