According to the NY Daily News, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld may be seeking the LP nomination to run for governnor in New York. I’ve spoken with Shane Cory and today, both of whom confirmed the rumor. Here’s the story:
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Weld is sailing into uncharted waters in New York Republican politics: He’s making a major run to line up the backing of the tiny Libertarian Party.
Weld confirmed to the Daily News last night that he would “definitely be interested” in winning the Libertarian line
“‘Libertarian’ is not a bad word in my lexicon,” he said, noting one of his favorite expressions is: “I want the government out of your pocketbook and out of your bedroom.”
The debate already brewing at ThirdPartyWatch, my initial source for this story:
Austin Cassidy: This sounds like it might be a really good move for the NY Libertarians.
Tim West: The LP would be insane to not take him. Bill Weld is about as libertarian as a candidate that a sigificant number of voters would accept.
Joe: The Republican Liberty Caucus of New York has expressed reservations about Weld. He seems to be on both sides of the eminent domain issue.
George Phillies: Weld is not in any normal sense a libertarian. Mind you, I live in Massachusetts, and in 1996 the state LP has me as its potential Senate candidate against Weld. Weld is a classical moderate Republican.
Brian Grant: My question of Mr. Weld would be this: If he loses the Republican primary will he still run an “active” campaign if he should get the Libertarian endorsement. If the answer is “yes” then I think the LPNY should endorse him in spite of his “imperfection”.
Kyle B: If Mr. Weld will run a active campaign even if he loses the Republican primary then I think the LPNY should strongly consider endorsing him
Jared: But with that same logic George W. Bush would be part libertarian because of the tax “cuts”, that doesn’t mean he should be endorsed or supported by the Libertarian Party.
Hardy: This should be seen as a momentum builder. If the LP is to go mainstream this sounds like the place to start; this year. Weld might be the first of many disenfranchised Republicans looking for a party that is fiscally responsible and socially tolerant than the Bushites.
Brian Grant: If a candidate who is only 30% Libertarian is willing to accept the LP nomination and it leads to ballot position where dozens of 100% Libertarians are able to run, I say go for it.
With the contentious nominations of Keven Zeese out of the way, I thought inside the party debate might slow down a bit. I guess I was mistaken.and
UPDATE: Brian Doherty popped us a link over at Hit & Run. Some of the comments there are interesting, as well.