“Dr. Death, Jesse the Body and the Peace Mom. Oh, my,” begins “Characters provide 3rd option“, an article published today in The Hill. “A colorful cast of characters is lining up for third-party congressional bids this cycle, and itâ€™s begun to make noise in some of the top races in the country.”
IPR’s own Austin Cassidy was interviewed for the article:
The third-party presidential candidacies of Barr and Ralph Nader (I) could help in isolated instances, but they donâ€™t generally cause a rise in interest in third-party candidates, said Austin Cassidy [in reference to the notion that Bob Barr could help down-ballot Libertarians], publisher of the website Independent Political Report.
“It hasnâ€™t really worked out that way,” Cassidy said, noting there were more serious third-party candidates in 2006. “In 1996, Ross Perot tried the Reform Party approach, and no other Reform Party candidate came close to winning another seat.”