The Jack News: ‘After New York Race, Larry Sharpe Might Seek 2020 Libertarian Nomination’

Excerpt from article at The Jack News:

While Libertarians, including Sharpe himself, are generally loathe to play “identity politics,” nominating an African-American could also have some appeal for Libertarians who would like to have better outreach towards an historically underrepresented demographic within the party. The LP may be eager to dispel its monochromatic stereotype.

But as with some of the other potential candidates, Sharpe would face an uphill battle in convincing delegates to pick somebody relatively unknown outside of party circles.

Much attention would likely focus on the results of his 2018 campaign. A key threshold, though modest, would be winning more than 50,000 votes and thus securing ballot status for the Libertarian Party of New York.

If he over-performs expectations and wins five percent or more, the case for giving him the 2020 nomination would be much stronger. For the time being, Sharpe is focused on running for governor, and is quick to shoot down the widespread speculation about his intentions for 2020.

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10 thoughts on “The Jack News: ‘After New York Race, Larry Sharpe Might Seek 2020 Libertarian Nomination’

  1. Anthony Dlugos

    He’d make a great national spokesperson, there’s no doubt about that. Too bad that is not a paid position, though.

  2. Andy

    I think that Larry Sharpe is going to smash the 50,000 vote barrier in the New York Governor’s race, but he won’t come close to winning. Maybe he’ll get something like 3%-5% of the vote, or something like that (maybe if he does really well, he’d get 5%-10% of the vote, but my guess is that if he does well, he’ll be closer to 5% than 10%). .

    This would still be good for LP of NY candidate for Governor standards.

    He will then announce that he is running for President in 2020.

    It would be interesting to see Larry Sharpe vs. Adam Kokesh vs. whoever else announces for the LP presidential nomination in 2020.

    I just hope that whoever is on the LP presidential ticket in 2020, that they are more plausibly libertarian than the last three LP presidential tickets have been. It would be nice to once again have an LP presidential ticket for whom I could cast a vote, since there has not been on since 2004.

  3. Tony From Long Island

    Andy, you must not be familiar with New York Elections. Although I hope he does reach 50,000, I would be SHOCKED if he did so.

  4. Anthony Dlugos

    I’ll be surprised if Kokesh manages to stay out of jail between now and 2020.

    Anyone Andy is willing to cast a vote for should be avoided by the LP like grim death. Even if Kokesh avoids imprisonment for making some poor woman force feed him green m&m’s or something like that, he’ll manage no more than 10% of the delegates at any convention, and that’s the max. Of course, a Kokesh campaign for the 2020 nomination will give Andy what he really wants, the ability to cry and moan about the party not meeting his standards.

    I don’t know much about New York elections, but I do know the sooner Mr. Sharpe publicly writes off the purist set , the better for his future political goals.

  5. Andy

    “Tony From Long Island
    August 10, 2017 at 13:58
    Andy, you must not be familiar with New York Elections. Although I hope he does reach 50,000, I would be SHOCKED if he did so.”

    I am familiar with New York elections, and I know that the LP has never even received 50,000 votes for Governor, which does not sound good in a state with over 19 million people.

    I think that Sharpe is the guy who can break the 50,000 vote barrier. I don’t know by how much, but I think that he’s got the potential, and that the timing is right, for him to do it.

    Part of the problem is the dynamics of New York, part of it has been the LP just not being aggressive enough, and part of it is that New York only requires 15,000 petition signatures to place a candidate on the ballot for a statewide office, and the state does not even check the signatures unless somebody goes to the trouble to challenge them. This is good in a way, but the bad effect for the LP means that there are usually multiple minor party or independent candidates for Governor vying for attention and votes.

    I still think that the time is right, and that Sharpe is a good enough candidate, to where he has a good chance to smash the 50,000 vote barrier.

  6. Andy

    “Anthony Dlugos
    August 10, 2017 at 14:13
    I’ll be surprised if Kokesh manages to stay out of jail between now and 2020.”

    If he goes to jail (again), it will likely be because of a victimless crime, which is something that no libertarian should hold against him.

    “Anyone Andy is willing to cast a vote for should be avoided by the LP like grim death.”

    So people like Harry Browne and Ron Paul should be avoided like grim death. I would like to see Andrew Napolitano run as a Libertarian Party candidate? Should he be avoided like grim death.

    I have supported most candidates that the Libertarian Party has run since I got involved in the party back in 1996, with only a few exceptions (like the last three presidential tickets).

    “Even if Kokesh avoids imprisonment for making some poor woman force feed him green m&m’s or something like that,”

    The comment about Adam’s breakup with with Macey is not valid. He never forced her to do anything (yeah, they had a contract, but she signed it on her own freewill, and she also left the relationship on her own freewill), and she actually ended up posting an apology video on her own well after the breakup happened.

    ” he’ll manage no more than 10% of the delegates at any convention, and that’s the max.”

    I think that he’s got a decent shot at winning. He’s made a name for himself in libertarian circles. He’s got lots of hits on YouTube. He’s got a book. He has already proven that he can raise money. He has already started campaigning, and he has traveled around the country for speaking engagements, and he’s about to go on another national tour soon. He is already building lists for possible delegates.

    A lot can happen between now and 2020, but I think that he stands a decent shot at winning the nomination.

    “Of course, a Kokesh campaign for the 2020 nomination will give Andy what he really wants, the ability to cry and moan about the party not meeting his standards.”

    I’d just like to see a Libertarian Party presidential ticket that is actually in the Libertarian quadrant of the Nolan Chart (which is more than can really be said about the LP’s last three presidential tickets). I was an enthusiastic supporter of Harry Browne for President in 1996 and 2000, and Micheal Badnarik for President in 2004, and Ron Paul for President in 2008 and 2012 (even though this campaign did not take place in the LP, it was still a small “l” libertarian campaign).

  7. Anthony Dlugos

    “I think that he’s got a decent shot at winning.”

    He’s got no shot at winning. Even if he makes it to 2020, he’ll have no more than the typical hallmark of radical support: a rabid base that can expand no further (I’m not even sure that radicals would endorse him).

    And just as important, at least 50%, of the delegates (the moderates who show up at conventions) would never support him under any circumstances. They’d sooner vote for a lamppost. At least Browne was an investment advisor with somewhat of a resume.

  8. Andy

    “Anthony Dlugos
    August 10, 2017 at 15:33
    ‘I think that he’s got a decent shot at winning.’

    He’s got no shot at winning. Even if he makes it to 2020, he’ll have no more than the typical hallmark of radical support: a rabid base that can expand no further (I’m not even sure that radicals would endorse him).”

    I think that his chance is better than you are indicating. He is already touring the country and getting lists of supporters.

    Regardless, 2020 is still a long time from now.

    If Larry Sharpe runs for the 2020 presidential nomination, I would probably support him.

    I don’t know if there is any chance of Andrew Napalitano getting into the race, but he’d be somebody that I’d support.

    I’d support Tom Woods for the nomination, but I doubt he’s interested.

    I just don’t want anyone like the frauds who have been on the last three tickets.

  9. Andy

    Anthony Dlugos said: “And just as important, at least 50%, of the delegates (the moderates who show up at conventions) ”

    If it is mostly moderates who show up at LP conventions, then how did the Libertarian Party nominate Harry Browne twice. Harry Browne was pretty darn radical. How did the Libertarian Party nominate Michael Badnarik? He may be a minarchist, but he was so radical that he did not have a drivers license, and he had not filed taxes in years.

    This trend of watered down moderates showing up as a large portion of delegates has only occurred in recent years. I know that some of those Johnson/Weld delegates were people that they recruited to come to the convention and that some of them had only recently joined the party.

    If more hardcore libertarians start showing up at conventions, the party will nominate candidates who are actually libertarians.

    The key is who shows up at the conventions.

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