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Libertarian Drops Out to Endorse Republican in Ohio

From the Hudson Hub Times:

A Libertarian candidate running for state representative for the 42nd House District is dropping out of the Nov. 2 election and endorsing the Republican candidate.John E. Hoover, who was running on the Libertarian party, said Aug. 23 that he has withdrawn his candidacy and will endorse Kristina Daley Roegner, Republican candidate for the same office. Mike Moran (D-Hudson) is the incumbent candidate.

“Our positions were pretty close, hers and mine,” said Hoover, a Hudson resident. “It’s going to be a close election between Moran and her.”

Hoover and Roegner, a member of Hudson City Council, met after filing for the election earlier this year.

“After meeting the first time, I knew right away that we agreed on many of the major issues including drastically cutting government spending, reducing the size, bureaucracy and burdensome regulations of government,” said Roegner. “I am honored and humbled to accept John Hoover’s endorsement in this race.”

This is the second time a Libertarian has dropped out to actively support a Republican candidate this cycle. The other Libertarian was Tom Gleinser, who dropped out of his state legislative race in Texas to endorse Republican Jason Isaac in his bid to unseat Democrat Patrick Rose.

The national LP recently sent out a message calling for Libertarian candidates to ramp up their campaigns whenever they are asked to drop out by a major party candidate.

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  1. Hmmm ... Hmmm ... September 22, 2010

    Did you notify the Ohio LP so they would have the opportunity to fill the vacancy, or did you conspire to make sure the LP would have no candidate?

    If you just withdrew and the LP was able to replace you, then no problem. If your action was designed to prevent the voters from having an LP choice on the ballot, then that would be improper.

  2. JHoover JHoover September 22, 2010

    Oh, my LPO party filed a complaint with the Summit County Board of elections accusing me of engaging in “improper activity” with Roegner in relation to my withdrawal. The hearing is tomorrow. I will let you know how it turns out. Isn’t it ironic that The LPO would ask a government organization to subpoena me, based on silly charges, for exercising my statutory right to withdraw from a race?

  3. JHoover JHoover September 22, 2010

    I am the candidate who withdrew. The most important issue in Ohio in the biennial budget. Ms. Roegner cut the budget in Hudson, Ohio and she will do so in Columbus. She is in a tight race (which I couldn’t win) against an arch-Progressive. I withdrew in the best interests of the voters in my district.

  4. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi September 16, 2010

    br: Libertarians should run in every Republican district until every Republican has lost every race. When the R party is dead, the LP can easily defeat the Democrats, win a majority, and restore our liberty.

    me: I like your sentiment here, but it may be a bit grandiose. R hypocrisy does need to be called out, I agree. Some believe that if the LP were to rise to its highest and best use, it would communicate in a political context the benefits of liberty, and the Rs would co-opt and otherwise move in an L direction. This model would be more like the Conservative Party in NY.

    The infiltration model, represented by the RLC, has had some very modest success as well. I can’t say the same for the DFC. I’d suggest that politics is driven by economic issues by as much as a 10:1 ratio, making the Ds less fertile for L ideas about a just, efficient, and prosperous economic atmosphere.

    Running in every district doesn’t seem like especially good strategy, as our pool of articulate candidates seems rather small. Perhaps the retooled LNCC can bring more strategic focus to challenging Rs especially, or grooming the first L Bernie Sanders or Ron Paul.

    I do think Ls make a mistake of relying on ideology alone as the basis for candidate selection. “Good” ideologues don’t necessarily make effective candidates. I’d suggest they tend to make poor ones, as ideologues are often operating on a more theoretical plane. Falling back on obscure bumper-sticker slogans like “taxation is theft” has never played in the public square, and I doubt it ever will.

  5. Be Rational Be Rational September 16, 2010

    The Republican Party has long been the biggest contributor to the expansion of the state, the loss of liberty and the march toward socialism in America.

    It is the R party that pretends to support liberty, defrauds the donors and voters with their lies, and then when elected, votes to support bigger government, regulation, socialization of the economy, evil immigration policies, imperialist wars of agression, wasteful military spending, massive taxation, expansion of social security, expansion of federal control of schools, the endless war on drugs and other attacks on personal liberty, ad infinitum.

    To restore liberty in America we must destroy the Republican party, smash every last piece, remove every member from office and replace that evil fascist-socialist monster with a party that supports liberty.

    Libertarians should run in every Republican district until every Republican has lost every race. When the R party is dead, the LP can easily defeat the Democrats, win a majority, and restore our liberty.

  6. JT JT September 16, 2010

    Eddie: “Here in Ohio, we are drowning in a progressive swamp, and the cooperation is refreshing and realistic.”

    No, it’s really not; it’s very disturbing and counterproductive to the aim of seriously reducing the size and scope of government.

    When Libertarian candidates drop out of races to support Republican candidates, they send the message that there’s no *fundamental* difference between Libertarians and Republicans; the LP is just a quirky offshoot of the RP with relatively minor disagreements on a few social issues. Perhaps some Libertarian candidates do believe that, although I have no clue why those individuals would even want to be LP candidates in the first place.

    In my view, if Libertarians are going to acquiesce to Republican requests that Libertarian candidates drop out of races on the specious claim that Libertarians only take votes from Republicans, it obviates any need for a separate Libertarian Party (okay, I’ll make an exception for Ron Paul, who despite not being perfect has an undeniably unique record of consistently voting against proposed government expansions and calling for a dramatic reduction in the government interventions that are greatly harming the country).

  7. Cousin Eddie Cousin Eddie September 16, 2010

    There is an assumption in the article that the LP candidate was “asked” to drop out. Here in Ohio, we are drowning in a progressive swamp, and the cooperation is refreshing and realistic. I plan to work with Mr. Hoover on other issues in the weeks to come, but the LP purity in some people is the think that keeps us away. Dealing with Libertarians is like dealing with Star Trek groupies at times. Get out of your mother’s basement, put some pants on, and go experience the real world.

    And as far as the Green party goes, their platform is so anti-constitutional, I couldn’t even consider them. Thanks, but no thanks.

  8. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes August 26, 2010

    Libertarian candidates who drop out should NEVER endorse the republican- or democrat. Start endorsing the Green whenever possible. PLAS.

  9. Adrian Gakysh Adrian Gakysh August 26, 2010

    I’m tired of putting up with the Republican candidates splitting the Libertarian vote for the last 40 years….

  10. Jose C Jose C August 25, 2010

    Traitor! Another Benedict Arnold in the movement.

  11. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist August 25, 2010

    Not good.

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