A. Zombie, presidential candidate (AMC Networks)

In case you missed it, satellite provider Dish dropped AMC Networks channels earlier this year, because it is required to carry the company’s lower-rated channels (IFC, WE tv) along with AMC’s more popular shows. AMC claims the channels were dropped because of an older, unrelated lawsuit.

Anyway, AMC announced Monday that is is sponsoring a new candidate for the upcoming presidential election — A. Zombie, a single-issue candidate, whose goal is to “rally zombie fans around the country who don’t have access to these networks and shows to find an alternative television provider.”

A. Zombie is even getting a jump on the conventions, announcing his candidacy at a “high-energy” rally in San Diego today. From there, he will head to Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., to bring his message to the Republican and Democratic conventions. (However, since A. Zombie is a third party candidate he is not invited inside the convention halls.)

Still,. A. Zombie and his wife will arrive in Tampa the day before the Republican convention starts next week, and will be making personal appearances around town, and host a rally near Ybor City.

(Citizens of Dallas, Atlanta and New York City, beware; A. Zombie is also heading to your city on Aug. 24, Sept. 1 and Sept. 5, respectively.)

Of course, A. Zombie is hitting the campaign trail in advance of Oct. 14, the third season premiere of AMC’s highest-rated show, “The Walking Dead.” Last month, AMC sent a pack of zombies to New York to scare random people on the sidewalk and remind them that zombies belong on TV, part of AMC’s “Put Zombies Back” campaign.