Rolf Lindgren sent along a really exhaustive list of Libertarian backed candidates getting burned by both Republicans and Democrats:
Wisconsin Libertarian Ben Masel, running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, was promised a chance to speak at the democratic party state convention. This was a primary reason for running as a democrat, as Ben could address all the democrats about medical marijuana and other related topics. The Democrats reneged.
Another Wisconsin Libertarian continue to make fun of him.said he was running as a Republican for U.S. Senate so he could get more news coverage. However, Dave is not getting any news coverage now and will get none after he loses the primary. Nor did he get to speak at the Republican convention last month. And Republican bloggers
Minnesota Libertarian gubernatorial candidate now run as a Republican:was a keynote speaker at the MN LP Convention in April, but now the MN LP is left with no candidate as she says she will
New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Weld said he would run as a Libertarian even if he didn’t get the nod from Republicans. His promise was caught on video, but he’s since turned coat on the deal and isn’t running, leaving the NY LP without a candidate:
Yet another from Wisconsin (which may be excusable with an explanation)… Former LPWI Treasureris running for Assembly as a democrat. However, his website makes no mention that he was a Libertarian or holds any Libertarian values, beyond a couple vague statements.
And another Wisconsin… Libertarian(also winner of the most annoying website) is running for Assembly as a Republican. Dan has never gotten one iota of respect from the Republican Party and his website doesn’t mention anything libertarian. He is also in a liberal “one-party” district in Dane County that Democrats always win, so the argument to run as a Republican to win is ridiculous.
It’s painfully apparent that this strategy isn’t going to yield much fruit. While I commend those Libertarian campaigns that can sneak under the radar of the two major parties, it’s clear that we need to do much work in building our own party brand instead of working within other parties.