Mike Ferguson, a member of the Grandview, Missouri, Board of Aldermen and the Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor of that state in 2004, announced on his website that he has switched to the Republican Party. He said in part, “My principles and beliefs have not changed. I am for cutting unneeded government spending. I am a fiscal conservative who believes that government should stay out of the private sector as much as possible. I am pro life. I am a believer in the common-sense truth that protecting personal freedom should be the goal of government at all levels. I don’t want to just talk about better, smaller government for Missouri; I want to be part of creating a better, smaller government in our state.”
The AP reports Ferguson also endorsed Republican Roy Blunt for a U.S. Senate seat that will be open in 2010. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says on its website that while “Ferguson’s switch is not likely to reap a bounty of Libertarian votes for Blunt,” it “could bolster Blunt’s credentials as a fiscal conservative.” Ferguson’s announcement came as another candidate entered the Republican primary race touting fiscal conservative positions.
Ferguson received 53,770 votes for lieutenant governor in 2004, more than twice the showing for the Libertarian U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates, and 10 times the showing for the Libertarian national ticket, in the state that year.