Ballot Access News: California 2010 Libertarian Nominee for Lt. Governor Had Best Showing for an “Other” Candidate for that Office Since 1922

According to Ballot Access News:

“On November 2, 2010, Pamela J. Brown, Libertarian nominee for Lieutenant Governor of California, received 5.86% of the vote. That is the highest share of the vote any candidate for that office (other than Democratic and Republican nominees) has received since 1922. The race also included nominees of the Democratic, Republican, American Independent, Green, and Peace & Freedom Parties. The total share of the vote going to minor party candidates in that race was 10.94%.

“Most observers credit Brown’s relatively high showing to her statement in the Voters Guide….

“The minor party candidate in 1922 who received a higher percentage for Lieutenant Governor was the Socialist Party nominee, who received 6.55 in a 3-party race.

“Minor party candidates in 2010 for California Insurance Commissioner received, together, 11.85%, but no particular minor party candidate received as much as 4%.”

Ms. Brown’s candidate statement in the Voters Guide distributed to all registered voters reads as follows:

I am an economics professor who has watched politicians wreck California. We have historic unemployment and massive debt. I will use the position of Lieutenant Governor to expand jobs, reduce government spending and balance our budget. Our officials should reduce taxes by finding the lowest-cost, best-quality services—rather than hiring protected groups in exchange for campaign contributions. Controlling the border to prevent illegals from committing crimes and terrorist acts and siphoning billions in services is a top priority. Pension costs should not be passed along to our children. Californians should receive tax cuts if disasters strike since that is when they need their funds. California’s farmers must have access to water resources, not tiny endangered fish. But protecting our coastline and environment is essential so tourists want to visit and retirees want to live in our wonderful state. I oppose Proposition 25—we must keep the two-thirds requirement to bring as many people as possible into budgeting decisions and prevent one party from monopolizing state finances. Let’s provide tax credits to parents who home school or choose private schools. We also need strong eminent domain laws to protect property from being seized by governments. I support Proposition 19; adults should freely make their own choices without fear of government. I am a gun owner and lifelong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. However criminals using firearms should face the harshest sentences. Had it with rhinos and socialists? I have. Help me take back our state and our liberties.

Pamela Brown’s website http://www.cawantsfreedom.com/ shows the positions she staked and provides links to her media appearances.

5 thoughts on “Ballot Access News: California 2010 Libertarian Nominee for Lt. Governor Had Best Showing for an “Other” Candidate for that Office Since 1922

  1. Aaron Starr Post author

    I believe that Pamela Brown served the Libertarian Party admirably in her race for California Lieutenant Governor.

  2. Ted Brown

    Pamela Brown (no relation) is a great candidate and a great vote-getter, not only in this race but in her 2006 race for State Senate and 2008 race for State Assembly. She paid over $6,000 of her own money to put that statement in the ballot pamphlet.

    As for the vote total, Pam benefited from Republican anger against their candidate, Abel Maldonado, who was considered at RINO (Republican in name only). My niece and her husband, who are top level Republican activists, said that they and many people they know, voted for Pam (and for Libertarian Richard Bronstein for Insurance Commissioner) for this reason.

    Sadly, it will be hard to capitalize on such voter dissatisfaction in the future, due to the new Top Two election system. Pamela Brown would not have advanced to the November ballot had Top Two been in effect in 2010, effectively disenfranchising the 574,000 people who voted for her.

  3. Adamson

    She ran a good campaign, and also benefitted from many who felt that the two major party candidates (Abel Mandonado and Gavin Newsom) were both reprehensible.

    It’s a shame the candidates for Governor and US Senate were essentially placeholders.

  4. Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    My favorite part is where she says

    “Controlling the border to prevent illegals from committing crimes and terrorist acts and siphoning billions in services is a top priority. ”

    Why not just allow all Californians to shoot suspected illegals on sight? That would be a cost efficient way to keep those varmints from crossing the border. We sure would love to have a law like that here in Arizona, too.

    The part about cutting taxes during a disaster made a lot of sense as well. One time, a flash flood washed away my trailer and I remember sitting there, looking at the wreck that remained of all my former belongings and thinking “you know, what I could really use right now is a tax cut.”

    Finally, I applaud her statement “I am a gun owner and lifelong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.” Me too! I think it is especially important right now to preserve the 2nd Amendment so that patriotic Americans like me can exercise our God given rights to shoot liberal politicians like Gabrielle Giffords. As Sarah Palin said about targeting Giffords and other liberal members of Congress: “Don’t retreat. Reload!”

    With strong positions like these, it’s a wonder why she did not get more than 5.86% of the vote!

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