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Number of Congressional Candidates For Libertarian Party Rises In 2010

This article from the Daily Caller, a website run by self-described libertarian Tucker Carlson, reports that the number of Libertarian Party Congressional candidates in 2010 has risen by 35% over 2008.

Robert Nowotny started out as a frustrated voter.

“Occasionally I would be voting for more Republicans than Democrats. Other times it would be the other way around,” Nowotny said. “It just seems like everywhere I look — federal, state and local — things are getting screwed up by government.”

Fed up with the status quo, Nowotny declared his candidacy. Come November, he hopes to be the first member of the Texas House of Representatives elected as a Libertarian.

“I decided, rather than just bitch and moan and complain, I decided to jump in,” Nowotny said.

It’s becoming a more familiar story: Voters, frustrated by the anti-incumbent malaise sweeping the political landscape, turn on incumbents and put their weight behind underdogs. Although good management and fundraising certainly play a role in party growth, today’s zeitgeist could help make a Libertarian boom out of the two-party bust.

For the 2010 election, 171 candidates for U.S. Congress are running with an “L” beside their names, up from 127 in 2008 and 114 in 2006. At all levels of public office, the party counts 716 candidates running as Libertarians this year, compared to 593 in 2008, and 596 in 2006.

Wes Benedict, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee, said that some of these declared candidates might not meet the requirements to be placed on the ballot. The party will add new candidates up until the election, though, and he thinks the final candidate number could remain above 700.

The full article is three pages and is well worth a read, even for people who are not members of the Libertarian Party.

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  1. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero June 18, 2010

    George, interesting comments from you. Almost Pro-Republican. Rather welcome if I should say so myself.

    Anyway, you’ve been quoted at

  2. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi June 18, 2010

    I’m surprised there’s no shitstorm about Carlson describing himself as a “L”. I mean, what are the odds he has the “correct” position on silo abandonment! Immediate abolition of copywrite law? 9-month uterine-wall-parasite expulsion rights? 😉

    Oh, SUCH a poseur!

  3. George Phillies George Phillies June 18, 2010

    This phenomenon is also seen elsewhere. For example, in Massachusetts the number of Republican Congressional candidates in their primaries has gone through the ceiling. In recent years, they have typically had five for the state’s ten Congressional Districts. This year, there are five Republican Congressional candidates in my Congressional District alone, and every District except Capuano’s (D, north of Boston) has at least one Republican running.

  4. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 18, 2010

    Yes, candidates. We appreciate you going through the motions. Don’t ask if you are going to win or lose or if it is futile. Don’t do anything to spoil the spectacle for us.
    More bread & circuses, Mom!

  5. George Whitfield George Whitfield June 18, 2010

    Thank you to all of the Libertarian Party candidates. We appreciate your efforts.

  6. John W. Wade John W. Wade June 17, 2010

    Robert is just a stupid idiot and he proves it everytime he writes on here.

  7. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 17, 2010

    steven wilson, typical deluded candidate.
    nolo contendere. No contest. You lost long before you even got on the ballot. Does the word rigged mean anything to you? Ever heard of Duverger’s Law? Lesser of 2 evils? Wasted vote syndrome?
    You are in The Crazy Loser’s Club. Lay back & enjoy it & you are allowed to ask for lube. Doesn’t mean you’ll get it though. If you do get lube, pass it around please.

  8. Steven wilson Steven wilson June 17, 2010

    I am very proud of the people running for office this year. Acknowledging the problem is the first step, but now it is time to move on and complete it. When the donkey and the elephant are at the podium, the soldiers for freedom will be on the street doing the work. Missouri is ready for a fight. I say thank you to all my fellow candidates.

    I wish you the best on your run.

  9. Susan Hogarth Susan Hogarth June 17, 2010


    It’s not so much mean as pointless. In fact, it’s counterproductive because it seems to just encourage him to further efforts. Mental filter is the best way to deal with him, unless you find him amusing.

  10. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 17, 2010

    Hey, if I was in the NF, I’d have my wireless but I’d be too busy doing cool stuff to bother insulting rightist libertarians & prodding radicals.

  11. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 17, 2010

    Myers must still be smarting from the whack a mole I gave him in previous comments.
    60%. nowhere near. Maybe it just seems like it because my comments are usually quite thoughtful & require thoughtfulness in the reader.

  12. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 17, 2010

    “…growing by leaps and bounds…” ????!!!!
    Hey, I’ve given everyone every opportunity to get me to National Forest isolation in CA. But I guess everybody would rather keep The Pauls in surf & turf & limos.

  13. John Jay Myers John Jay Myers June 17, 2010

    Milnes you are a funny guy, you have nothing better to do with your time than troll the Libertarian blog and insult people.

    So many times I have started to write this post and thought… “no don’t… your just being mean”.

    But seriously you need to think about getting a life of your own. Start a movement try to make it work.

    But by trolling this board and making 60% of the responses you are just making an idiot of yourself.

    I am sorry for you.

    I hope you find something in life to where you can be a positive force.

    I used to just ignore you and will continue to. But your constant bashing in a time where we are growing by leaps and bounds is really getting old.

    Go do something… anything.

  14. NewFederalist NewFederalist June 17, 2010

    “Not enough. Not gonna work.”

    You’re right!

  15. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 17, 2010

    Well let’s be complacent & bide our time & see how many win in November.
    None of them are going to win. Just because there are more means SOME should win.
    EVEN if few were to win, they will be ineffective up against a very powerful dem/rep establishment.
    What is needed is a LOT of wins. By BOTH GREENS & LIBERTARIANS. A MOVEMENT. OR forget it. Not enough. Not gonna work.

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