SOMERSET, Ky. — You can find him on Aisle B, in a booth directly across from a man who moans as if on a chain gang, at the Lake Cumberland Flea Market.

At first glance, you think you are talking with Walter Sobchak, best friend of “The Dude” in the movie, “The Big Lebowski.” Solidly built with tinted aviator glasses, a neatly kept beard and similar hair, minus the constant barrage of Sobchak’s F-bombs.

He is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and a former private investigator. His military career is shrouded in mystery. He hints at being part of the New Earth Army, an experiment in U.S. military training of psychic spies with parapsychological skills. The unit was unearthed by another movie, “The Men Who Stare at Goats.”

“Our checks came from the Army, our orders came from Langley,” says “Psychic Hal” Fitzpatrick, referring to possible special operations duty for the CIA.

He’d like to tell me more, but I enjoy living. 

Psychic Senate write-in candidate Hal Fitzpatrick tells fortunes in his booth at the Lake Cumberland Flea Market. Oct. 23, 2020

A mysterious man, with a mysterious past, working in a mysterious business, plying his trade as a psychic for hire.

Now he wants to be the next U.S. senator from Kentucky.

I first met Hal at the Oldham County Fair in 2019, then running as the “Psychic Republican.” His paperwork failed to arrive in time to be on the ballot, and now he is running as a write-in candidate against incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell and challenger Amy McGrath in the 2020 U.S. Senate race. He is facing insurmountable odds to win the election.

With a contentious election at hand, I reached out to him and was invited to meet him in his booth at the flea market. Can a man with psychic powers predict the outcome of the presidential election? Can he predict his own future and the results of his own election?

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The Covington native realized as a child he had psychic powers through a series of circumstantial events.

“You have psychic abilities just like I do, everybody has, it’s a God-given gift,” he says. “You know how you might think of someone and they might be out in California and you might get a call from them because you were thinking about them? That’s psychic ability. It can save your life, too; it saved mine more than once. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be sitting here.”