Smither files for CD-22 Special Election, is only candidate on Special and General Ballots
(AUSTIN) ““ Bob Smither, the Libertarian nominee for Congress from Texas District 22, announced today that he has filed as a candidate for the Special Election to fill the remainder of Tom DeLay’s term. Both the Special Election and the General Election will be held on November 7th.
Democrat Nick Lampson is Smither’s only opponent on the General Election ballot, and has opted against filing in the Special Election. Smither made the following statement:
“The unusual circumstances surrounding Congressional District 22 this year have created an election process that is ripe with confusion and unpredictable turns. When the Governor called the Special Election to coincide with Election Day I asked my campaign team what option would be the least disruptive and least confusing, while simultaneously conveying my commitment to the district.
I decided to file as a Libertarian in the Special Election. The other candidates for both elections have spent weeks maneuvering between different ballot strategies and taking positions that only serve to confuse the voters. The Special Election itself certainly adds to the electoral turmoil. The voters need to have a consistent viable choice for limited government though, and I will provide that choice. I accordingly decided that filing for this election, just as I did for the General, would be the least confusing and most consistent option in an otherwise convoluted process.
Over the past week many voters suggested that I consider filing as a Republican since I have indicated I will caucus with the GOP. I appreciate their support and reiterate that if elected I will be supporting the Republican choice for Speaker of the House. I decided to file as a Libertarian though because it is the party I belong to. A candidate must be honest with the voters, and it is important to me that when the voters see my name on the ballot they will know exactly who I am and what I offer to the residents of CD-22. I first took an interest in politics in 1964 as a Barry Goldwater volunteer, and I am proud to have many Republican supporters who share my commitment to smaller government, lower taxes, and individual freedom. In return I will honor my promise to caucus with the GOP. As a Libertarian I ask CD-22′s voters for their support as the only small government candidate on the ballot and the only viable choice to prevent the election of a liberal Democrat.”
Kevin Tunstall, Vice Chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, made the following remarks.
“Bob Smither’s decision to file creates a point of consistency and stability in an otherwise tumultuous election. Bob is the only candidate who will appear on both CD 22 ballots, and the only candidate who can beat liberal Democrat Nick Lampson.
As Election Day nears the experts and voters alike are coming to the realization that Bob Smither is the only candidate standing in the way of the Democrats, and possibly even a Nancy Pelosi speakership. Last Week Congressional Quarterlyredesignated CD-22 as a likely Democratic pickup. They gave one caveat: ‘Smither may present a more viable choice to the traditionally conservative voters of our district.’ “
Smither has been endorsed by former GOP Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA), who is best known for leading the impeachment of Bill Clinton. His candidacy has gained nationwide media attention as the only viable chance that conservative voters in CD-22 have at defeating liberal Democrat Nick Lampson.
The Experts Agree: Bob Smither is our the best chance to beat liberal Nick Lampson
“[T]he Libertarian Party nominee Bob Smither presents a much easier option for voters who are unfamiliar with the write-in effort or do not want to vote for Sekula-Gibbs. Smither has said that, if elected, he would organizationally align with the Republicans and back the re- election of Illinois Republican J. Dennis Hastert as Speaker. Smither may present a more viable choice in his own right than most alternative party candidates. He has drawn attention and praise locally for his efforts on behalf of missing children: He co-founded the Laura Recovery Center “” an organization based in his hometown of Friendswood, Texas, that aids in the search for and return of missing children “” that is named in tribute to Smither’s daughter Laura, who was abducted and killed in 1997 at the age of 12.” ““ Congressional Quarterly, 8/28/06
“Libertarian Bob Smither, an electrical engineer who is well known through his work with a child-welfare foundation, is the only name other than Mr. Lampson’s on the ballot and he has announced that if elected he will vote for a Republican for House Speaker. That could be meaningful if Republicans lose enough House seats this fall that control of the House hinges on a single seat. Why not throw their backing behind Mr.
Smither, much as moderate Democrats in Connecticut are supporting Joe Lieberman??” ““ Wall Street Journal “Political Diary,” 8/18/06
“Republicans must focus solely on one issue. Does a write in campaign have a chance of success? I don’t believe that it does, and therefore we should consider supporting Bob Smither. Nick Lampson could be the one vote that elects Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives. Bob Smither will vote for a Republican Speaker.” ““ Jerry Patterson, former Republican State Senator and current Texas Land Commissioner
“With the departure of Tom DeLay, it is important to do everything we can to ensure the 22d District continues to be represented by a conservative. Bob Smither is that conservative. Bob is a genuine fiscal conservative with a firm desire to see a return to constitutionally- limited government as intended by our Founding Fathers. Write-in campaigns rarely succeed, and that is also why I ask that you join me in supporting Bob Smither as the only candidate who can defeat the liberal Nick Lampson.” ““ Bob Barr, former Republican Congressman from Georgia
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