Libertarian Daniel Fishman Withdraws Campaign For Special Massachusetts Senate Election

Daniel Fishman was running as the Libertarian Party candidate for the Massachusetts special senate election triggered by former Senator John Kerry’s resignation to become Secretary of State. The election will be held on June 25th. Fishman, who ran for U.S. Congress in a close three-way race in 2012 and received 4.5% of the vote, announced on his website yesterday that he is ending his campaign. 

Fishman for Senate

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For Immediate Release

Beverly, Massachusetts

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The Fishman for Senate campaign announces today the immediate suspension of all campaign activity.  The campaign will not be submitting signatures to the Secretary of State for placement on the ballot in advance of the April 3rd deadline.

“When I first entered this campaign there were no Republicans officially announced, and the three most prominently mentioned Republicans had all removed their names as potential candidates.  I was concerned that given the short period of time to gather signatures no Republican would be able to get on the ballot, and the Senator for Massachusetts would be chosen via the closed Democratic primary.

“Fortunately in support of the democratic process, three Republicans did stand up to run and successfully made it onto the ballot.  I would like to thank Dan Winslow, Gabriel Gomez and Michael Sullivan for undertaking this largely thankless task.

“The support that my campaign has received has been buoying.   In particular as my awareness grew of the burgeoning liberty movement in Massachusetts, I felt a tie back to the proud heritage of our state in leading on issues of Liberty.  On the campaign trail, whether at a GOAL rally in Boxborough or gathering signatures on the street at Faneuil Hall, I was constantly approached by people in Massachusetts who thanked me for stating the obvious.  Congress is completely broken.  And given that congress is broken, why should we giving it more power or more money?

“In the past I have run because I did not perceive a significant difference between the Republican and Democrat in their concern for the civil liberties of private citizens.  I have however recently become satisfied that there is a candidate in the race who will voice the concerns of those who fear a tyranny of the majority.

“With the conclusion of this campaign I will return to my day job and consider options for 2014”


22 thoughts on “Libertarian Daniel Fishman Withdraws Campaign For Special Massachusetts Senate Election

  1. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    This guy was pro-Fair Tax and pro-Israel. Nothing to cry over.

    I hope Dan Winslow wins the GOP nod, as he seems to be the only somewhat decent out of the 3 candidates. He has been endorsed by Ron Paul supporters like former Senate candidate Doug Bennett, who cited his support for auditing the Fed and ending the wars.

  2. Dave Terry

    KL (1) You left out “Pro-Repugnican!

    BTW: How DO you pronounce your first name?

  3. Miro


    While a number have definitely lined up behind Winslow, there is a bit of a divide between “liberty” members here. A number of them, including some of the former delegates, have rallied behind Sullivan, citing Winslow displaying weakness in hiring people for his signatures vs. Sullivan’s natural strength with the grassroots.

    This is a surprising issue to suffer strife over, in my opinion.

  4. give-me-liberty

    Sullivan is a former director of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms — doesn’t scream liberty to me.

  5. give-me-liberty

    Gomez is an interesting case: textbook neocon, except he supports same-sex marriage.

  6. Jared King

    “…textbook neocon, except he supports same-sex marriage.” So does Dick Cheney, and no one would argue he’s the Godfather of neoconservatism. Neocon’s don’t really care about social issues.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    JK @ 7: “So does Dick Cheney, and no one would argue he’s the Godfather of neoconservatism.”

    Do you mean no one would argue he isn’t the Godfather of neoconservatism?

  8. Andy

    I think that Daniel Fishman is dropping out of the race because his campaign has not raised very much money and it is too difficult for them to gather the 10,000 valid petition signatures that are required to be able to appear on the ballot without hiring petitioners, and he has not been able to raise enough money to hire petitioners.

    It is a shame that he is not going to be on the ballot, because I don’t think that any of the other candidates are anywhere close to being a libertarian, and this would have been a good opportunity for the Libertarian Party to get some publicity as this is the only big election in the country right now.

    I heard that there was a Ron Paul supporter who was going to run in the Republican primary, but he was not able to get it together enough to be able to collect the 10,000 valid signatures needed for ballot access. I believe his name is Doug Bennett.

  9. George Phillies

    Andy’s information matches what I have heard locally, though I believe that there was a policy decision at the start that the volunteer route would be chosen.

    To get on the ballot by paying petitioners you would need in the vicinity of $30,000, give or take. To run a serious campaign, add one or wo zeros.

    There are five other candidates, three Republicans and two Democrats, in the race.
    They each needed the same number of signatures that Fishman did, and had smaller pools of eligible signers.

  10. Andy

    “George Phillies // Mar 26, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Andy’s information matches what I have heard locally, though I believe that there was a policy decision at the start that the volunteer route would be chosen.”

    I got this from Daniel Fishman himself. He was trying to raise funds but apparently was having trouble doing so.

    “They each needed the same number of signatures that Fishman did, and had smaller pools of eligible signers.”

    The Republicans who made the ballot had a lot more money backing them up. I know that Gabriel Gomez spent over $100,000 to get on the ballot. I heard that Dan Winslow spent a similar amount.

  11. Freddy Got Fingered

    Very unfortunate. This election is a big deal, and there are no other elections at the same time. It would have been strategic for national LP to fund the ballot access here, rather than for example the Indianapolis city council race last year. In general it would be smart to focus national efforts on special elections.

  12. Miro


    Yes, you can only get signatures from registered members and unenrolleds, and yes, that means you have a smaller pool, but you’re also looking at dozens upon dozens of organized town committees across the state willing to help you with the legwork.
    I acknowledge that in some places, that’s not completely the case, but almost every town has an organized DTCs, most have RTCs, and some even have GRTCs. I think the LAMA has something like four recognized LTCs?

    I think it’s a fair assessment to recognize that having an organized party helps a great deal in these tight pinches.

  13. Freddy Got Fingered

    The Republican and Democrat town committees don’t help candidates who are not backed by the establishment of those parties, such as Ron Paul Republicans for example, even if they are the only Republican running against a Democrat incumbent.

  14. George Phillies

    @15 There are no dozens and dozens of Libertarian town committees. Actually, there are around four local groups — covering multiple towns or cities each — across the state. There are meetup groups covering the entire state; my experience is that meetup yields few attendees until you have a really huge number of nominal members. The Boston group thank to the hard work of David Blau does this.

    A reasonable estimate for the whole state is that there are around ten or fifteen volunteers.

    Around fifteen years ago, the not entirely sensible state party leadership decided to set up town committees by dragooning Libertarians to join them. This led to vast numbers of town committee with about two or three people each in most of them. Local groups that tiny are completely unstable; most imploded almost instantly.

    Organizations expand as you get more members.

  15. Sam Kress

    I think it was a good idea to start town committees, if the state LP had stayed on the growth path it was on they would have expanded.

  16. johnO

    Too bad the Green Party (Jill Stein?) didn’t put a candidate up. I guess no third-party choice here.

  17. paulie

    Your prediction

    I missed the prediction.

    What I saw was in if/then statement.

    They were on a growth path, and took a step that would have made sense if they had stayed on that growth path.

    It made sense from where they were at the time. In retrospect, yes, it did not work out that time.

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