From an article by Roger Alford, Associated Press:
FRANKFORT – Republican Phil Moffett has run afoul of GOP principles by signing a campaign petition for a Libertarian candidate.
The Louisville businessman and tea party gubernatorial candidate signed the document on behalf of Ken Moellman, who is gathering signatures to run for treasurer.
Ken Moellman’s response:
Moffett signing the petition to put me on the ballot is not an endorsement of my campaign. We weren’t going to make an issue out of it at all. Did you see any press releases from our campaign about the signatures? Any public statements? No.
Only the GOP has made this an issue. And that’s funny, because Williams, by contrast, publicly supported then-governor Patton over Republican challenger Martin in 1999.
Meanwhile, the ballot access rules are painful. I have to collect a minimum of 5000 signatures; and because of the games that are played by Rs and Ds alike, it’s going to have to be closer to 9000 signatures. It used to only be 1000 signatures, until 1978. No one seems to know why it went up from 1000 to 5000 minimum.
All the while, Republicans lament that these darned libertarians are infiltrating the Republican party. Why? Because the Rs and Ds have spent the last 120 years setting up an electoral system that makes it extremely difficult to compete as a third party or independent. Significant signature requirements, straight-party-ticket voting, and paper ballots are all ways that depress results for non-R, non-D candidates, especially down-ticket candidates.
If you want to fix the core problems and make it fair, it’s pretty easy. Eliminate the straight-party ticket option, implement a system like Instant Runoff Voting, and make the requirements for ballot access the same across the board. And if you want to go a step further, and quell the call for open primaries, eliminate the corporate welfare they receive through government-funded primaries.
But I won’t hold my breath. People come second. It’s “party uber alles.”
Perhaps our faithful IPR readers will take this as an opportunity to ‘school’ Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson about the draconian laws that his party has conspired with the Democrats to place in front of alternative parties.
Send him your comments via:
Steve Robertson, Chairman
Republican Party of Kentucky
P.O. Box 1068
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602
Or contact him directly, via the public information at the Kentucky Board of Elections:
MR. STEVE ROBERTSON
PO BOX 1068
FRANKFORT KY 40602-1068
Make a comment about it on the LPKY Facebook page.