12 Names on California Libertarian Presidential Primary

The California Libertarian Party has asked the California Secretary of State to list these 12 candidates in the party’s presidential primary: John Finan of New York, NY; Barry Hess of Glendale, Az; Dave Hollist of Alta Loma, Ca; Daniel Imperato of West Palm Beach, Fl; Bob Jackson of Constantine, Mi; Michael Jingozian of Sherwood, Or; Steve Kubby of Fort Bragg, Ca; Alden Link of Newburgh, NY; Robert Milnes of Camden, NJ; George Phillies of Worcester, Ma; Wayne Allyn Root of Henderson, Nv; and Christine Smith of Arvada, Co.


12 Names on California Libertarian Presidential Primary — 14 Comments

  1. 12 Libertarians, 9 P&F, 7 Greens, 4 AIP.

    So if nobody withdraws (unlikely), then the minor parties will have 32 candidates on the ballot, up from 10 in 2004.

    2000 (Grn, Lbt, Ref, NL, AI): 14 candidates
    1996 (Grn, Lbt, P&F, NL, AI): 11 candidates
    1992 (P&F, AI): 4 candidates (probably 5, I don’t know if the Libertarians held a primary)

    It’d take a ton of candidates dropping out for this to not be the longest combined ballot for a California Presidential primary.

    It wouldn’t shock me if another 15 candidates (at the very least) are on the ballot for the Dems and Reps.

    So, how long until some minor candidate sues California for their “ask the party bosses who is a candidate” system? I’m guessing nobody is going to sue in a year where 32 third party candidates make the ballot, but it’s certainly a dubious practice (and so is the whole “You make the ballot if you’re in the news” stuff, but that has been sued over IIRC)

  2. Each party in California has its own separate ballot, so there is no single ballot with dozens of presidential candidates.

  3. Eric Dondero needs to take 30 minutes and read “Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do: A Lockean Approach to Voting” at:
    rather than appealing to those voters who let polls, the news media and the punditry decide who they are going to vote for (thereby perpetuating the wasted vote myth).

    I hope that Wayne Allen Root either wins or looses on his merits, not who Eric Dondero (or *anybody* else) thinks has “the best shot” at winning the nomination.

    I hope Mr. Dondero promotes Mr. Root on his positions rather than turn principled libertarian voters into dog-track oddsmakers.

  4. Did anyone see the National Constitution Party (CA-AIP) is holding it National Convention in Kansas City, MO. April 22-27, 2007. saw on third party watch.

  5. “I hope Mr. Dondero promotes Mr. Root on his positions rather than turn principled libertarian voters into dog-track oddsmakers.”

    Mr. Dondero is already a die-hard Giuliani supporter, whom he calls a “true libertarian” on account of his support for the Iraq war. I can understand the sentiment to moderate the radical platform of the LP, but to suggest, as http://www.mainstreamlibertarian.com does, that an active interventionist foreign policy is a core value of libertarianism boggles the mind.

  6. I don’t see how a person that describes himself as libertarian discounts philosophy when libertarianism is nothing more than a philosophy.

    That stated, who has a better chance of winning the Presidency: Ron Paul or Wayne Allen Root? So as far as polls, sign waving, and pamphlets, wouldn’t Paul kill the Libertarian field 90% to 10%?

  7. As far as who’ll win: I’d imagine Kubby for being a native son and former CA gubernatorial candidate. Therefore, he’ll have the most name recognition from the type of people that’d vote in a California Libertarian Party primary.

    I say he’ll get 30%. There will be about a 10-way tie for 3rd at around 5%.

  8. “The modern libertarian movement evolved out of the Barry Goldwater Campaign of ‘64.”

    The modern libertarian movement grew out of Mises, Hayek, Rand, Read, and Rothbard. Goldwater was never a libertarian, he was just the only candidate talking about smaller government.

    “Then Dana Rohrabacher picked up the ball as Chairman of the Libertarian Caucus of YAF in the late 1960s. And Dana was then and is today, PRO-WAR!!!”

    At one time Dana Rohrabacher was an anarcho-capitalist singing anarcho-capitalist songs on college campuses. That he became a warmongering statist after getting elected to congress speaks truth to the adage that power corrupts.

    Oh, remember why the libertarians got kicked out of YAF? They weren’t pro-war!

    “Incidentally, I’ve got 25 years of hardcore political activism under my belt for the Libertarian Party and the libertarian movement.”

    Yet you abandoned it all for Giuliani. Sigh.

  9. “Goldwater was never a libertarian, he was just the only candidate talking about smaller government.”

    I dunno, Brandybuck. Judging from “Conscience of a Conservative” and several of his interviews from later years, Goldwater sounds a lot more libertarian than many who claim that label today. I agree that “the modern libertarian movement” isn’t a direct descendant of Goldwater’s campaign (that claim being a variant of “Libertarians are a form of conservatives,” which I feel is a crock). The two efforts did, however, grow up in parallel and often seemed to draw strength from each other.

  10. When it comes to merits, I believe that Daniel Imperato has the best platform to stand on. He has a vision for the American people and has the experience to back up his plans for America. If anyone bothers to read his press releases you will see that this guy has called out our current problems years before anyone else did.

  11. BTW, I absolutely and fully believe in the multi-party concept and believe that the entrenched 2-party process is a very major part of the political problems experienced by this country.

    If those 2 parties were greatly weakened and there were several moderately strong even Third Parties, the forcing to create a Coalition government would, in my opinion,be a major advancement.

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