Libertarian Party in Arkansas Runs Former Democrat and Green Candidate for Congress

The Libertarian Party often runs former Republicans for office, and occasionally former Democrats, but it’s rare indeed to see them running a former Green Party candidate for office as one of their own.

The Libertarian Party recently selected former State Rep. Robert “Bobby” Tullis, of Mineral Springs, as its nominee for Arkansas’ 4th District congressional seat. Tullis, who served 14 years in the Arkansas Legislature, was a Democratic candidate for state auditor in 1994 and a Green Party candidate for state treasurer in 2010.

He received the Libertarian Party nomination for the 4th District seat at a state convention in Little Rock earlier this month, when the party nominated its first field of state candidates.

This is the first time in history that the LPAR has met the ballot access requirements to run candidates for any office other than president, according to a Libertarian Party news release.

Has the candidate’s views changed or just his party affiliation? Any context that commenters can give us on this would be much appreciated.

8 thoughts on “Libertarian Party in Arkansas Runs Former Democrat and Green Candidate for Congress

  1. Austin Battenberg

    As long as the candidate is good on foreign policy and civil liberties, I am willing to forgive his potential views on bad economic policies.

  2. Ayn R. Key

    What Austin said.

    Three areas – economics, civil, foreign policy. I want three out of three, I’m willing to accept two out of three as long as one of them is foreign policy. Greens are pretty good on foreign policy and civil liberty, even if they know nothing about economics.

    Plus this might mar the perception some have of the LP being closer to one party than the other.

  3. Austin Battenberg

    Exactly. I’d rather have a Green over a neo-con any day. Not to mention if we got together, but only had to debate issues of economics rather than all three, then I’m all for it.

    That’s why I don’t dislike individuals like Naomi Wolfe, Glen Greenwald and Ralph Nader. At least they are good on some issues I care about.

    But maybe that’s only because I came from the left, and am sympathetic to those people who are like how I used to be. I feel like with the proper education, they would realize that libertarian solutions would solve many of the problems they care about.

  4. Mark Hilgenberg

    Great points Austin!
    We need to show them Libertarians value “We” not just “Me”.

    People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

  5. Carol Moore

    Arkansas sounds like my kind of bioregion. Of course I’d need a big tornado cellar for me and my most important stuff…

  6. paulie

    Arkansas is awesome!

    Happy to have helped get the LP ballot access there in 2012, 2008 and the Greens in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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