INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – The Libertarian Party of Kentucky (LPKY) is outraged that the Republican Party has decided to try to sue Ed Martin, the legitimate LPKY-endorsed candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, off the ballot, contrary to their deceptive statements about welcoming Ed Martin to the race.
“This tired motif rears its head again,” said Ken Moellman, Chairman of the LPKY. “Apparently, Republicans are so insecure about their lack of a substantive platform that they are trying to steal half of the options the voters have. Ed Martin’s pragmatic message of true fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, and prosperity offers real-world solutions to modern problems. They are obviously desperate, scared, or both.”
This cheap political ploy comes in the wake of the Republican Party in Kentucky recently taking criticism for hijacking Kentucky affiliates of the Tea Party movement for its own political ends.
“I hope Tea Partiers take note of this manipulation,” said Joshua Koch, LPKY Vice-Chair. “The GOP is using the Tea Party’s righteous indignation, and now it is trying to prevent these concerned citizens from having any real choices other than the two old parties that share equal responsibility in bringing this country to the brink of economic catastrophe.”
The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is the third-largest party in Kentucky, and it is a leading advocate of personal freedom, non-aggression, and fiscal responsibility. Their website is LPKY.org.
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On August 20, two Republicans filed lawsuits against Kentucky elections officials, and two minor party congressional candidates, alleging that the ballot access petitions for the two candidates don’t really have enough valid signatures. The two plaintiffs are David Caldwell, who says he is a Republican voter, and Cordell Lawrence, vice-chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party.
The two candidates are Edward A. Martin, a Libertarian; and Michael Hansen, a member of the Constitution Party who is using the ballot label “independent.” They are both running for U.S. House in the 3rd district. They are the only two minor party or independent candidates for Congress in Kentucky this year. Kentucky is one of five states with no statewide minor party or independent candidates (the only statewide race is U.S. Senate).
One of the cases is Caldwell v Martin, 10-ci-05867, in Jefferson Circuit Court. The case will be heard August 30.