August 20, 2012
San Antonio—John Jay Myers, the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, is sitting in the shade of a booth at something called Activist Appreciation Day in downtown San Antonio. Somebody on the stage is complainingly, loudly, about the drug war and Myers is sweating after playing a couple songs on stage with his staff. Of course, everyone is sweating because it’s 101 degrees in the early afternoon.
Before we start the interview Myers motions to one of his five volunteers, all young men in their early 20s.
“You want to do to this in the AC of the RV?” he asks.
With my ice-cold New England blood not agreeing with the extreme dry heat I gladly retreat to the cool comfort of the rented campaign vehicle that Myers has been traveling around the state in. Myers and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson are on the second to last day of their swing through the largest cities of Texas: Odessa, Dallas, Waco, San Antonio, and Houston. Myers is Johnson’s opening act at every event, warming up the crowd with a stump speech against foreign intervention, social conservatism, the drug war, and corporate welfare.
Johnson passed on the San Antonio event in favor of local media appearances but that did not stop Myers, the owner of a restaurant and a printing business, from going on his own. Myers is convinced that his two opponents in the race, former Republican Solicitor General Ted Cruz and former Democratic State Representative Paul Sadler, are really just big-government conservatives. The most recent poll between Cruz and Sadler had Cruz up by 10 points. Myers won the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. Senate on the first ballot at the state party convention in June.
He thinks that his libertarianism can attract disaffected Texans from across the political spectrum.
“I sat at the Green Party table and talked about my issues. They were like ‘Those sound like our issues’ and I am like, well they actually are. The only difference between our issues and their issues is I don’t believe you should ever force someone to take someone else’s stuff and give it to them,” he said, as we walked to his RV.
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