Cheney, Walsh, Riggleman, & The LP
Plus Rick Stewart, Republicans try to kick Texas Libertarians off ballot, and Alabama runs record number of candidates.
The Libertarian Party tweeted the following after Liz Cheney’s defeat.
Which got responses from former Congressman Joe Walsh
Libertarian Party @LPNationalLiz Cheney for Prison
In response, the LP didn’t try to convince Walsh to reconisder.
Denver Riggleman, a former Republican Congressman who was once described as “a libertarian outsider with a knack for free-market populism” by Jibran Khan of National Review and spoke at the 2018 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention, had this to say regarding the tweet.
Rick Wilson, a co-founder of the Lincoln Project provided a helpful suggestion to the new LP national Twitter team which apparently was soundly rejected.
If that is where it ended, it would be one thing. Turns out the New Hampshire Party had their spin on things a day earlier.
Cheney didn’t lose the Republican Primary because the Wyoming voters rejected her authoritarian stances. She lost because she went against Donald Trump.
Meanwhile in Iowa, the Libertarian nominee for Governor, Rick Stewart, caused a bit of a stir with a fundraising appeal sent out to Democrats.
Stewart also appeared on Iowa Press this weekend.
Stewart is polling at 5% according to the Des Moines Register. He needs 2% to achieve major party status. In 2018, I was polling at 7% in the race, but finished below the 2% so it isn’t a guarantee; however, I believe Stewart is very likely to be the first Iowa Governor candidate in over 50 years to do so as there is a 17 point gap between the Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds and Democrat Deidre DeJear.
DeJear’s team really made a big error by releasing the letter and giving Stewart additional publicity for his race. Not sure how Libertarians will react to the stunt by Stewart, but I think at the end of the day, DeJear unintentionally hurt herself and helped Stewart.
Texas Republicans are doing their best to remove 23 Libertarians from the November ballot. Texas Libertarians say that filing fee requirements force them to pay for the primaries of their major party opponents.
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In Alabama, the Libertarian Party is getting good coverage for running a record 57 legislative candidates almost beating the Democrats who are running 62. The candidate recruitment was in a partnership with The Libertarian Policy Institute.
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