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Libertarian Candidate Withdraws and Endorses Republican

Libertarian Party candidate for state representative Tom Gleinser has withdrawn from the race and endorsed the Republican challenger in an apparent attempt to unify the anti-incumbent vote.

Libertarian Tom Gleinser, who was challenging the reelection bid of incumbent state Rep. Patrick Rose, announced today he has withdrawn and will back Republican Jason Isaac.

Gleinser, of Dripping Springs, could not immediately be reached for comment.

But he was quoted by Quorum Report as saying: “I don’t want to see Patrick win again. I have run twice before and gotten about four percent. That is a chunk of votes. We will see if Jason and I can beat Pat.”

Libertarian Party of Texas Chairman Patrick Dixon said he had heard that Gleinser had withdrawn, but had not seen official paperwork to do so. “To remove him from the ballot, (Gleinser) will have to file a formal withdrawal notice,” he said.

Rose has posted double-digit percentage victories in previous races.

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  1. NewFederalist NewFederalist June 16, 2010

    I guess this just validates what Eric Dondero has said all along about Libertarians being the little brothers of Republicans. Too bad.

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    [June 4th, 2010]
    I am befuddled as to why we treat Israel the way we do. I have yet to hear a good reason as to why we treat them like the 51st state, and why Democrats and Republicans agree on treating them as such ……….

  3. Ayn R. Key Ayn R. Key June 16, 2010

    Let’s hope the bastard gets a good and worthy kick in the pants. Well aimed and with suitable force.

  4. A Reply to Don Lake A Reply to Don Lake June 16, 2010

    Don Lake: “I am befuddled as to why we treat Israel the way we do. I have yet to hear a good reason as to why we treat them like the 51st state, and why Democrats and Republicans agree on treating them as such ……….”

    I received this message from Carol Moore, sent via her Libertarians 4 Peace listserv:

    “According to Wayne Root on his face book page on June 11 (join now!), we libertarians should not be attacking Israel’s ‘right to defend itself’ because the Demopublicans get half their contributions from ‘Jewish voters.’ As he lectured fellow LNC member David Nolan, ‘The
    biggest donors in American politics…most of whom are either Jewish or Christian believe very strongly in America supporting Israel. I wonder…maybe…just maybe…if this one issue thats so important to pretty much every big contributor in all of American politics…might be
    THE disconnect that has resulted in 39 years of futility…and almost zero campaign contributions from big donors to the LP? Maybe theres a disconnect there as big as the Grand Canyon. Maybe.’ He goes on in that vain for an additional 3 FaceBook postings.

  5. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp June 17, 2010

    “I am befuddled as to why we treat Israel the way we do. I have yet to hear a good reason as to why we treat them like the 51st state, and why Democrats and Republicans agree on treating them as such”

    58 reasons: New York and Florida.

  6. Andy Andy June 17, 2010

    “‘According to Wayne Root on his face book page on June 11 (join now!), we libertarians should not be attacking Israel’s ‘right to defend itself’ because the Demopublicans get half their contributions from ‘Jewish voters.’ As he lectured fellow LNC member David Nolan, ‘The
    biggest donors in American politics…most of whom are either Jewish or Christian believe very strongly in America supporting Israel. I wonder…maybe…just maybe…if this one issue thats so important to pretty much every big contributor in all of American politics…might be
    THE disconnect that has resulted in 39 years of futility…and almost zero campaign contributions from big donors to the LP? Maybe theres a disconnect there as big as the Grand Canyon. Maybe.’ He goes on in that vain for an additional 3 FaceBook postings.”

    This is one of the big reasons why I’m not on the Wayne Root bandwagon.

  7. This is good, good news. If there’s anything I’ve followed in Texas, it is that we sacrifice too many solid fiscal conservatives in the State House while the races are close…due to the LP presence.

    If the LP candidate in Patrick Rose’s district does in fact withdraw formally, we will knock Rose out in November.

    In 2008, one of the most fiscal conservative members of the House, Linda Harper-Brown, won with a 19-vote margin, but the Libertarian candidate yanked in about 7,000 votes. The balance in the State House was darn-near tipped.

    Again in 2008, we had a huge fiscal conservative in Brian Waters in an East Texas district. The Lib in that race generated I believe 600-800 votes. Waters lost after a recount to a guy who switched parties and is now a Republican (Chuck Hopson.)

    I hate the strategy of running against solid conservative votes, and by solid conservative votes, I look at the voting records compiled by EmpowerTexans.com, the Americans For Prosperity, etc.

    Does not make sense at all to replace solid fiscal conservatives with liberal Democrats.

  8. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp June 17, 2010

    “Does not make sense at all to replace solid fiscal conservatives with liberal Democrats.”

    Does not make sense at all to replace Republicans with Democrats … or vice versa.

  9. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi June 17, 2010

    tk 6, NY and FL don’t come close to a majority in Congress, so I don’t find your answer sufficient.

    If there were ONE attribute, I’d say it’s ongoing guilt over the Holocaust. Others include AIPAC money adds to it. The military-industrial complex probably likes to have a bought-and-paid-for ally in the ME for geopolitical reasons. The conditions in the ME explain a lot…as the US was involved in Israel’s establishment and has many ties there, the threat level remains high and so the case for continued aid remains strong. In the last decade or two, the fundamentalists have become strong supporters of Israel, too, for Biblical and anti-Islam reasons.

  10. Mik Robertson Mik Robertson June 17, 2010

    @10 Good Point!

  11. AroundtheblockAFT AroundtheblockAFT June 17, 2010

    Did Mr. Gleisner get anything in return for dropping out? A seat on Mr. Issac’s issues advisory team? A promise from Mr. Issacs to work to improve third party accessibility to the ballot? Anyone who can convince the other side that he or she is the “balance of power” needs to practice a little quid pro quo in these situations.

  12. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp June 17, 2010

    Robert,

    I didn’t say New York and Florida were the ONLY answers, I just said New York and Florida were 58 of the answers.

  13. Mike Mike June 17, 2010

    Hope he officially withdraws in time for the L.P. to find a replacement.

  14. George Phillies George Phillies June 17, 2010

    If you recruit people who are actually Republican fiscal conservatives, not libertarian at all, you will get odd behavior.

  15. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi June 17, 2010

    tk, yes, but congressional delegations from states that happen to have large Jewish populations seems a small factor in foreign aid allocations. The State Department and to some extent committee chairmen are probably bigger determinants of aid levels.

  16. Ayn R. Key Ayn R. Key June 17, 2010

    @9 Joey G. Dauben,

    Maybe the Republicans, in a show of good faith, should stop asking Libertarians to drop out all the time in favor of Republicans, and occasionally they should drop out in favor of Libertarians. Either way you get the anti-Democrat unity you claim to crave.

    Or does it not work in both directions? Do you prefer to ask Libertarians to vote Republican without ever planning on returning the favor?

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