Jumping in the Hot Tub

Speaking of hot tubs, Paul Trujillo just decided to test the water.

Incumbent Paul Trujillo decided before the major party filing in date on March 21 to change parties. He has switched from the Democratic Party to the Libertarian Party officially on May 4.

Because of that decision, Trujillo said he will file his candidacy the day after the major parties primaries.

“I think, at this level of government, there shouldn’t be parties. It’s more like a municipal council or school board,” he said about being affiliated with a major party. “It’s different if it’s a state office where there is a larger population and larger area to represent.”

County Democratic Party Chairman Moises Griego said he was sorry Trujillo left the party but that the party has two good candidates representing it in the race. [...]

Trujillo said he selected the Libertarian Party because its philosophies resonate best with him.

The national organization’s Web site says that Libertarians “are neither liberal nor conservative, but rather advocate a high degree of both personal and economic liberty. Libertarians believe that you have the right to live your life as you wish, without the government interfering, as long as you don’t violate the rights of others,” it said.

However, Trujillo says he’s not an ideologist no matter which party he joins.

“I don’t follow ideology. I listen to the situation and see what can be done in that situation,” he said. “And, as far as the county government is concerned, I believe the problems facing the county are not partisan problems. It doesn’t matter what party the constituents are affiliated with, as a commissioner I am serving them all.”

Welcome aboard!

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • Ian C

    Hrm… I wonder… does an incumbent ever face ballot access issues?

    For example — say Loretta gets elected. Would she then have to regain ballot access in the following electoral cycle if she wished to be re-elected?

    This should be an interesting situation. lol

  • Stephen Gordon

    Ian – actually, Alabama Title 17 is screwy on that. We anticpate changing that law next year. We’ve already got the congressional support required on this one.

  • Ian C

    Stephen: I had my suspicions on the matter. I’d almost advocate *against* trying to change it, if she seems to have any real prospect of winning…

    I say this precisely because the stance you could take during the incumbency would behoove altering the ballot access laws for *everybody* in AL. (I.e.; “Our own *GOVERNER* can’t be elected without 50,000 signatures approved by the courts… where does that leave those with new ideas?” Or something like that.)