Why Libertarian In Texas?

I asked for help last week when KERA was on the fence about a debate invitation and you guys were amazing with your responses. I don’t know if Mr. Werner is going to be invited, but I was able to see his response to KERA’s questionaire. This was totally lifted from http://waxahachiedaily.blogspot.com/. Thanks to Jonathan Blundell for covering this in MSM. Some excerpts:

At this time, I plan to delay my response to this questionnaire.

During our telephone conversation of Friday, July 28th, you indicated that I was the only one of the five certified candidates for governor to be sent this questionnaire””and that I remain the sole candidate not to have yet received an invitation to the debate. In the interests of fairness and equity, I will allow the other candidates to be given the opportunity to answer this questionnaire as well. In the interim, I will look forward to receiving my own invitation to the debate.

On media interest:

Thus far, my candidacy has been noted in national publications as diverse as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. I have been interviewed and/or extensively profiled by the San Antonio Express, the Dallas Morning News, the Austin Chronicle, Houston Business Connections, the Waxahachie Daily Light, The Austin American-Statesman, the Houston Chronicle, and other major Texas dailies. I have conducted lengthy on-air radio interviews with Jeff Ward of KLBJ Austin (with over 85,000 listeners), the Sam & Bob show at KVET Austin, Jeff Michaels of KUZN, and by KUT Austin. I have been interviewed by Channel 8 News in Austin, and Jacqueline Schechner of CNN for a story on Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room.”

On polling:

Finally, I would like to address the question you posed about poll results. You indicate that you would prefer to see me approach polling numbers of 6% in an “established, nonpartisan” poll. Happily, I received nearly 16% in Texas Monthly’s July 2006 on-line poll””a well established poll that has been run for many years. Another established on-line poll by the Victoria Advocate places me at 31% in a two-way matchup with Chris Bell. I believe that over time, my numbers will continue to rise with respect to Bell and the other candidates. As you are no doubt aware, many of the larger polls have neglected to include my name among their possible responses. Clearly it would not be reasonable to expect me to register substantial support in a poll in which my name is not included.

On the issues:

As you are aware, I am the only pro-immigrant candidate on the ballot. I am the only candidate who calls for an end to the destructive war on drugs. I am the only candidate who advocates ending state-sponsored discrimination against gays. I am the only candidate who calls for universal choice in education. And of course, I am the only true fiscal conservative.

I have been asked why I care so much about the Werner4Texas campaign. After all, there are two high profile independent candidates running in a five way race for Texas governor. In short, the Independents do not represent my views. Mr. Werner is certainly as qualified as the other candidates and he is working his tail off to promote liberty and the only party that cares about it. He is deserving of our support. If some libertarians are excited about the Kinky campaign simply because he is an Independent with “juice”, then perhaps they should rethink their positions on the issues.

posted by michelleshinghal
  • IanC

    Michelle; honestly, I would prefer the Werner victory over the Friedman victory. Some of the things I’ve read on Mr. Friedman are a tiny bit socialist for me… that being said; a victory by *EITHER* would advance the LP either marginally or majorly. Of course, I see no reason against advocating both, considering I’m an AZ resident. :)

    Regarding your final shot here; I think perhaps your statement about reassessing priorities is significant in the light of things I’ve been ‘foaming at the mouth’ about here before: the difference between ‘anti-statism’ and ‘libertarianism.’ I wish more people would realize the difference between the two. The latter *CLEARLY* indicates Mr. Warner should be chosen. The former indicates Mr. Friedman. Which would be why so many LP’ers are so excited about Kinky. Even though he’s against the things they want.

    Ain’t life grand?

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  • Michelle Shinghal

    Just read this:

    Campaigners for Kinky Friedman, whose agenda includes political campaign reform, said it was unfair not to include Werner. “Mr. Werner is a valid, qualified candidate, and his name is going to appear on the ticket in November, so he should be allowed to participate,” said Laura Stromberg, spokeswoman for Kinky Friedman’s campaign.
    http://www.dailytexanonline.com/media/storage/paper410/news/2006/08/02/TopStories/Libertarian.Candidate.Wants.In.On.Debate-2142979.shtml?norewrite200608021501&sourcedomain=www.dailytexanonline.com

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    Mr. Werner seems like a qualified and well-spoken candidate. His website is much improved from the first time I looked at it (when I was blogging about Kinky’s campaign) and he’s done a good job of responding to the debate commission’s requirements. I think he ought to be in the debate and that there’d be little difference in time necessary or depth of questioning between a 5-person and a 4-person debate.

    That said, the fundraising numbers and apparent lack of retail campaigning on Werner’s part make me much more likely to send money (from out of state) to Kinky. Kinky’s done a better job of building momentum and campaigning in and among the people.

    It is the candidate’s job to get people excited about the campaign, not vice versa. Votes, support, and media all have to be earned. Kinky’s done a better job of earning those than any other candidate in the race.

  • http://freenewworld.blogspot.com Nick Wilson

    As a half-time Texas resident, I am trying to decide whether to switch my registration back to Texas or stay registered in North Carolina where I go to college. Most of it comes down to who has the best chance of accomplishing these ends. While Kinky has questionably populist/socialist stances on public healthcare and some other things, he is socially very libertarian and seems a bit reform-minded towards Texas government. He’s got a real Texas independent streak and his campaign is run by the same people who got Jesse Ventura elected, which puts him a little more favorably in my mind. Chris Bell, the Democratic candidate, is well spoken and is presenting real solutions, even though I don’t agree with him on quite a few things – a pretty solid moderate – wouldn’t kill Texas, especially if the Republicans control the state legislature to where we can recreate deadlock, so he’s the third best. Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Rick Perry are authoritarians and I really hope they don’t win”¦

  • http://freenewworld.blogspot.com Nick Wilson

    I agree with Nicholas that Werner should be spending the money, and as a former fundraiser for non-profits, I’m kind of surprised he hasn’t done better in that regard. I would feel more compelled to really get behind him if I could take his campaign seriously. An easy place to get the best publicity-per-dollar is bumper stickers. Even with a few thousand dollars, he could press many, many bumper stickers and all the Texas libertarians could put them on their cars, giving him lots of name recognition. I haven’t seen a single Werner sticker, although Kinky’s “Why the Hell Not?” stickers are everywhere. The LP’s lack of success catch-22 ends with real campaigns, and until we get some real marketing skills (both literally and in realistic party policies) we are doomed to fail.

  • http://freenewworld.blogspot.com Nick Wilson

    I agree with Nicholas that Werner should be spending the money, and as a former fundraiser for non-profits, I’m kind of surprised he hasn’t done better in that regard. I would feel more compelled to really get behind him if I could take his campaign seriously. An easy place to get the best publicity-per-dollar is bumper stickers. Even with a few thousand dollars, he could press many, many bumper stickers and all the Texas libertarians could put them on their cars, giving him lots of name recognition. I haven’t seen a single Werner sticker, although Kinky’s “Why the Hell Not?” stickers are everywhere. The LP’s lack of success catch-22 ends with real campaigns, and until we get some real marketing skills (both literally and in realistic party policies) we are doomed to fail.

  • http://freenewworld.blogspot.com Nick Wilson

    Sorry that showed up twice. The site kept freezing or something.

  • http://www.rockhoward.org Rock Howard

    Some hopefully relevant thoughts…

    Werner has had bumper stickers available for over a month. I don’t know what, if anything, he is doing to get them distributed, but they certainly do exist.

    Werner’s response letter to the debate organizers was quite astute and has earned him some free media.

    The Texas LP has printed 100,000 door knockers which will be distributed around the state starting pretty soon.

    I have a much better chance to win my race for State Senate in the Austin area than Kinky Friedman has of winning his race. I could use more contributions to help me get out the word about my campaign, but so far the voters have been quite receptive to my frequent retail campaigning efforts.

    That is all…

  • http://www.rockhoward.org Rock Howard

    Wait a second. It seems there is now a button to request a free bumper sticker on the werner website at http://werner4texas.com

  • Tommy Jefferson

    I was ready to send a donation, but Werner’s “donate” page has no information:

    http://werner4texas.com/donate_page.html

    What the heck?!

  • Michelle Shinghal

    The donate page looks ok to me. Try it again Tommy.

  • Tommy Jefferson

    Thanks Michelle! I’ve got $131 I can’t get at because Paypal has been behaving badly since 7am this morning.

  • Christopher Jagge

    I have had a Werner for Governor sticker on my truck since the state convention in June.

  • http://www.badnarik.org Jon Airheart

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s pretty weird that there apparently hasn’t been a new blog post to this site in 48 hours?

  • Michelle Shinghal

    Working on it dude. ;o)

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