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Bob Smith Ends Senate Race

Bob Smith is a former Republican U.S. Senator from the State of New Hampshire, as well as a former Presidential candidate in the Republican and Constitution Parties (though the Constitution Party was then called the US Taxpayer’s Party). In 2000 Smith left his party to run for President as the Constitution Party nominee but very shortly thereafter he switched to running as an Independent, and then soon after that he ended his campaign and rejoined the Republican Party.

In 2010 he has been running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida against fellow Republicans Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist. He has polled negligibly and been unable to raise considerable funds, two facts which he blames for his exiting the race.

“Unfortunately, funding has not materialized and we have reached the point where we can go no further without it,” Smith wrote in a letter to supporters on his website. “Sadly, therefore, I must now announce that I am ending my campaign.”

This is the second time in six year Smith has filed to run for the U.S. Senate, only to drop out before qualifying. In 2004, Smith filed and opened a campaign office in Sarasota, only to quite a few months later.

News of Smith’s withdrawal from the race has fueled speculation that he might rejoin the Constitution Party again.

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  1. Steve Rankin Steve Rankin April 24, 2010

    I’ve always had admiration for Bob Smith, but I’ve yet to figure out his behavior from 2000. He made a long speech on the Senate floor announcing his switch from Republican to independent. Quoting from George Washington’s farewell address, he called himself and others who believed the GOP’s platform “suckers.” Even Rush Limbaugh criticized Smith for this behavior.

    A few months later, Smith rejoined the GOP, obviously mainly to regain his Senate committee chairmanship. His 2000 actions led to his loss to young John Sununu in the 2002 GOP primary, and he never endorsed Sununu in the general election.

    Smith seems to back at least part of the environmentalists’ agenda, e. g., opposition to drilling in ANWR. But, from my viewpoint, he’s a good man, and the Constitution Party would be fortunate to have him.

    BTW: Smith voted against NAFTA, as I recall. The CP, of course, favors trade protectionism.

  2. HumbleTravis HumbleTravis April 24, 2010

    I think he waited way too long to announce his intentions to run, and on top of that for a little while it was unclear which state he was running in.

  3. NewFederalist NewFederalist April 23, 2010

    If he does, Gary, let’s hope it is for a bigger cup of coffee than last time!

  4. Gary Odom Gary Odom April 23, 2010

    Bob Smith is a very good man who has no place in today’s GOP. The powers that be in the Republican Party have no use for a man of principle like Bob Smith. If “Senator Bob” should decide that he would like to make the Constitution Party his new political home, he would find himself most welcome.

  5. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution April 23, 2010

    It may be a benefit indeed, but I thought that Smith had some ideological conflicts with the CP.

  6. Jeremy Young Jeremy Young April 23, 2010

    I dunno — he’s run for President before and isn’t crazy like Alan Keyes. His name rec is probably pretty similar to Mike Gravel’s, and the LP was happy to get him. Also, he’d be the only former US Senator in the party. When your party’s biggest name is a preacher with an Internet column (all right, Howard Phillips is a bigger name, but still), a former US Senator is a pretty big get.

  7. NewFederalist NewFederalist April 23, 2010

    I’m not sure why the CP would be very interested in him given his track record. His national name recognition must be pretty close to zilch.

  8. Trent Hill Trent Hill Post author | April 23, 2010

    I’ve spoken to at least one state chairman of the CP who wants to convince Bob Smith to join the CP Executive Committee and perhaps later run for President, or simply be a spokesperson, ala Bob Barr.

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