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And now, a word from a past president

Posted at 3:02 PM on August 20, 2008 by Tim Nelson (3 Comments)

The big demonstrations outside the Republican National Convention are scheduled to start on Labor Day, but Martin Lombardo isn't waiting to make his feelings public.

The 65-year-old New Jersey native is literally on his knees on Kellogg Boulevard, praying to Jesus Christ for the Republicans, the people of St. Paul, Minnesotans, Americans and, well, just about everybody.

Aside from the "informational picketing" that the St. Paul cops are doing, he's the first convention-related demonstrator we know of.

washington.jpgOh, yeah, and he's doing it in a George Washington costume.

"The Lord has great concerns for this convention," he told me today. "And the Lord's will, we're parying will be done here. And that is the American rights that we inherited from George Washington and the founders of the Constitution will be protected, and we in this generation will hand the civil rights and freedoms that we have received down to our children... Individual rights, religious rights, have been encroached upon, and it must stop."

That's where the George Washington part comes in.

There's a lot more to his story, too. He says he moved to Rome 20 years ago and has spent much of that time personally ministering to Pope John Paul II. He's also handing out flyers for the "2008 United States Presidential National Non-Partisan Bible Vigil" in front of the White House on October 10, 11 and 12.

Like that event, Lombardo is planning to spend 12 hours a day in St. Paul, three days in a row, praying.

Click on the link below to hear a little more about his plans in St. Paul.


Lombardo has a foam pad to protect his knees from the concrete on Kellogg Boulevard, but he admits he's a little slow getting up and down. He got a diamond willow walking stick to help him get around, and he's using a freeway sign on Kellogg Boulevard to help him get up and down.

shoes.jpg.jpg"I kneel before the Lord three or four hours a day," he says. "I spend six hours a day with him. I spend most of my time on knees bowing before him, praying to him ,believing him an dtrusting him. And I have worn out many, many shoes because of the cobblestones. And even this cement is not good for good shoes."

Or pants?

"Yes," he says. "I wear them out, too. But it's all worth it."

Lombardo hails from Princeton, N.J., where he was a member of the borough council during his less colorful days. Locals I talked to today are quite familiar with Lombardo and say he and his George Washington outfit are not an uncommon sight in their town.

"Oh yeah," said an editor at the Princeton Packet newspaper. "We know him."


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Comments (3)


I am a dyed-in-the-wool liberal but I must say I admire the guerrilla street theater and the dedication of Mr. Franklin. Why mock him?

Posted by Gale | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM


Mr. Martin Lombardo prayed for Kentucky and the USA at the footsteps of our capitol in Frankfort during the National Day of Prayer May 7, 2009. He is a very humble Christian and I consider it a great honor and privilege to have met him. I feel as though I have been in the presence of royalty. His prayers are reaching the King of Kings!

Posted by aprile hunt | May 13, 2009 8:02 AM


Mr. Martin Lombardo prayed for Kentucky and the USA at the footsteps of our capitol in Frankfort during the National Day of Prayer May 7, 2009. He is a very humble Christian and I consider it a great honor and privilege to have met him. I feel as though I have been in the presence of royalty. His prayers are reaching the King of Kings!

Posted by aprile hunt | May 13, 2009 8:03 AM



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