Press release from the campaign of Alex Snitker, Libertarian for US Senate in Florida:
TAMPA – In what is shaping up to be the common man vs. the political elite in Florida this election season, underdog Alex Snitker crossed another threshold in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat.
In a poll released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling (PPP), Snitker, the Libertarian nominee, grabbed 4% of the vote in a four-way race between him, Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio, and Kendrick Meek. Even more surprising is that he enjoyed 8% support among coveted independent voters.
Snitker, whose political contributions are estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars, is up against political heavyweights Crist, Rubio and Meek, who all have at least seven figures in their bank accounts. Throw in self-financed billionaire Jeff Greene, and it’s easy to count Snitker out on the balance sheets.
But what the working-class Libertarian lacks in funding, he makes up for in passionate, grassroots support. “We’ve got a core campaign staff of about 20 people, all unpaid, another 250 or so boots on the ground volunteers, and thousands of supporters and social media fans,” said Kelly Lobean, Snitker’s campaign manager. “And from what we’ve seen, our supporters are far more motivated than those of Crist, Rubio or the Democrats – and our ranks are growing everyday.”
Though Snitker’s 4% showing in the first poll to include him could be easily dismissed as inconsequential, it does come as a bit of a surprise considering he has not run one TV, radio or print advertisement. Plus, his big name rivals enjoy roughly a 200-to-1 advantage in state and national media coverage.
Snitker claims that his Constitutional approach to government, and his strong defense of individual liberty, will draw voters from both the left, right and center. He says that his conservative positions on reducing the size and power of the federal government, along with his non-interventionist foreign policy and defense of personal freedoms, make him the real “big tent” candidate.
The latest poll may bear him out. Though Snitker is a darling of the tea party movement, he also enjoys a 27% favorable rating among Obama voters, compared to Rubio’s 7% favorable rating with the same group.
Campaign media director, Adrian Wyllie points out that Rubio supporters are starting to migrate to Snitker because of Rubio’s weak stance on states rights issues and illegal immigration. He also says that since the Democrats have turned hawkish on Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly even Iran, Snitker is the only one who will return to “our Founders’ vision of free trade with all, and entangling alliances with none,” said Wyllie.
Ever the optimist, Snitker says that he’s the only candidate in this race that can beat Crist. “Many Crist supporters are behind him for no other reason than he’s not a Republican or Democrat. He’s a political weather vane that changes direction with the political winds. He’s the default option, but not someone who inspires excitement or confidence,” said Snitker. “I truly believe that I give Floridians something to vote for, and that is Constitutionally-limited government and individual liberty.”
Snitker suggests that there are many people across the political spectrum that believe in limited government and sound fiscal policy, but they no longer trust the Republicans or Democrats to deliver. He says that Rubio is a good example of a politician that says the right things during campaigns season, but there is an underlying distrust, even among his base.
“Alex is the real deal,” said John Conrad, the campaign events director. “He’s the antithesis of the career politician. What you see is what you get with him – there’s no window dressing and no political doublespeak.” Snitker, a former U.S. Marine, has never run for political office.
Snitker’s supporters also say that his “regular guy” persona is a big asset. Even though he attends as many as a dozen campaign stops across the state per week, sprinkled with TV and radio interviews, he still manages to hold down a regular job as a office equipment salesman.
“I’m putting everything on the line for this campaign, and I’m doing it because because I want my son to grow up in a free and prosperous America,” said Snitker.
What started out as a whisper campaign has seemingly grown into a low, grassroots murmur. And with a bit of funding, the Snitker campaign could become a loud, anti-establishment roar in November.