Enforcing Quality Candidates & Campaigns

Tom Martin for CongressMeet Tom Martin, Libertarian candidate in Pennsylvania who’s running for Congress. He seems to have some government experience (town auditor is good, though I doubt “high school swim team co-captain” is something you really want to be putting in a congressional resume).

The kicker? He’s hosting his site on AOL. The extra kicker? He’s a computer geek who should know how bad this looks. Argh.

My take: if a Libertarian candidate for any office won’t make the extra effort to register and host on a com/net/org (or sometimes us/info) top level domain and have a bare minimum professional-looking campaign site, I see no reason why voters would take their campaign seriously. Ergo, libertarians should not contribute any serious support to their campaign.

I know that sounds superficial, but welcome to the real world.

I think the LP can help here by making the tools and knowledge availiable to rookie candidates, as well as access to a network of campaign supporters who can jump-start these campaigns. We really need to have a modicum of standards in how we present our candidates.

Oh and one other thing: fucking shave.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

1 Comment
  1. I have voted for LP candidates but sometimes I just can’t get myself to vote for the stoned, blue skinned, scruffy, thrift store clothes wearing, walleyed freak spewing conspiracy theories while getting arrested for waving weapons on government property.

    This, unfortuneately, is the perception the vast majority of voters have of the Libertarians and other third parties. Until the LP starts focusing on helping present profesional campaigns especially on the local state level this perception will remain. Why have a political party if you are not going to play the political game? Just call it the Libertarian Church if what you want is a bunch of misfits hobnobbing about a political fantasy.