Astrid Sarvis releases tearful video lamenting her husband’s exclusion from gubernatorial debate

28 thoughts on “Astrid Sarvis releases tearful video lamenting her husband’s exclusion from gubernatorial debate

  1. Steven Wilson

    Great candidate with a rock solid campaign. Robert having support within his home is a great inspiration. I would like to see Sarvis remain active. Peace!!

  2. Concerned Libertarian Citizen

    This video will likely cause Sarvis to drop in the polls among those who view it. In reality, many people find interracial marriages to be disgusting.

  3. paulie

    This video will likely cause Sarvis to drop in the polls among those who view it. In reality, many people find interracial marriages to be disgusting.

    I know you confuse yourself with “many people,” but you aren’t.

  4. Concerned Libertarian Citizen

    I am discussing reality. Not my personal views. I have no problem with it but many people in the South do.

  5. paulie

    I live in the South. There are many, many so-called “interracial” marriages here, including my sister’s, and you should get past your stereotypes. I don’t know where you live, but you have some misconceptions about the South. And the fact that this was even what popped into your head says a lot about you. Dr. Sarvis is very well spoken and would make a great candidate herself if she ever wants to run. But of course you right away had to drag it into the gutter, which has been the sum total of your existence at IPR.

  6. paulie

    It’s not an issue and you were the only one who brought it up. The issue is debate exclusion. And you are the worst kind of troll.

  7. Concerned Libertarian Citizen

    I am not a troll. I don’t think many people knew of Sarvis’ interracial marriage until seeing this video.

  8. Jill Pyeatt

    I think Sarvis’ interracial marriage has been much of his appeal. His picture with his family has been everywhere. I’m surprised you’ve missed it.

  9. Jill Pyeatt

    Wow, it’s like CLC has looked up my family with my interracial neice and my gay sibling and my developmentally disabled godchild and decided just where to offend me. Hey, it’s amazing he hasn’t addressed overweight people or people with atrocious handwriting yet–but now I’m stooping to his level, so I’ll stop.

  10. wredlich

    On the substance of this post, I disagree with third-party candidates and activists about the importance of being included in debates, or excluded from them.

    By at least a few accounts I won the NY Gov. debate in 2010. Even some mainstream media outlets said so.

    But that did not translate into votes. Advertising, especially on radio and TV, proved highly effective at attracting attention and getting votes.

    A large chunk of debate watchers have already made up their minds. They are fans of a particular party or candidate, and they watch to cheer for their side. The undecided voters don’t watch debates much.

    Stop wasting your time whining about debates. They don’t matter. Sarvis should keep doing what he has been doing to get his name out to voters and persuade them to pull his lever. The two major party candidates are positively awful. This is a great opportunity for the LP. Don’t blow it.

  11. Steve Scheetz

    Warren, well put! Libertarians and other third parties are being thrown off of the ballot in many states, kept from participating in debates, and our campaign signs are even being taken down, by the police, as they sit on private property!

    Why is this? Because the R’s and D’s hate competition, they are not interested in having to answer embarrassing questions about ludicrous policy decisions from outsiders, because the reality is that only outsiders will actually ask those questions.

    There has been a back-room agreement to keep third parties out of debates, because races have been tighter as the two parties become carbon copies of each other, and the more they try to point out their differences, (i.e. the government shutdown) the more they demonstrate how much alike they are…

    1. government shut down roughly 15% of its services, just enough to create the loudest sob stories to make Democrats look good to their base.

    2. government shut down long enough for republicans to say that they tried to rein-in spending, but they had no choice but to agree to a bill funding the ACA and everything in order to keep the country from default… Damn that Obama! The R’s did this to try and shore up their fiscally conservative base.

    All of this political showmanship was done before election, YET the republicans have demonstrated how much they want the ACA to succeed, they just want to be seen as being in opposition to it so that they can be perceived as being different than the Democrats. On the other side, the Democrats were all horror struck when the death benefit was not paid to military families and Donald Trump paid $400,000 out of his own pocket… They don’t actually care about these people, but they need to be perceived as being caring to the plight of the military in times like these….

    Tom Corbett, here in PA, is terrified of a Libertarian candidate due to the fact that the polls are so close that his internals are saying that he will lose if a competent Libertarian runs…

    Well, I believe that the thing the two parties are the most afraid of is what they advertised these past few weeks. That they will be seen as being as irrelevant as they actually are. That people will actually start solving their OWN problems instead of waiting for the government solution. They absolutely need to keep the third parties under the proverbial rug, because once we are out, once people see what we can do, they will begin to realize that the party of big government (the Republicans and Democrats) is not interested in making the country a better place, it is only interested in money and power.

    This will get much worse before it gets better…

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  12. Andy

    Warren Redlich said: “Stop wasting your time whining about debates. They don’t matter.”

    I disagree with you here. The debates are important, and Sarvis should be included, and most certainly should complain about not being in them, and I’d say that a law suit for being excluded is justified.

    You said that you getting in a debate in New York did not translate into votes. How do you know this? You very well may have swayed some people by your debate performance. Wasn’t your vote total the best the LP has ever done for the office of Governor in New York?

    Also, you were up against not only the Democratic Party candidate and the Republican Party candidate, but also some other third party candidates.

    There are certainly other factors involved in how many votes one gets beyond being in the debates, but this does not mean that getting into the debates is not important.

  13. George Whitfield

    Warren, I agree that advertising is more important than debate appearances. But being in debates is still important. Your own debate appearance inspired me to donate to your campaign which enabled you to buy more advertising. So there is a synergy that develops. I was impressed by Astrid Sarvis’s video. She was articulate and sincere. I think it will bring more supporters to the Libertarian side.

  14. wredlich

    @Andy:

    “You said that you getting in a debate in New York did not translate into votes. How do you know this? You very well may have swayed some people by your debate performance. Wasn’t your vote total the best the LP has ever done for the office of Governor in New York? ”

    How do I know? Because my vote total varied by county. The county where the debate was held was on the low end even though it got more attention there because it was local.

    The counties where I did best? Where I spent money on radio and TV advertising. And these counties were not places where the media gave me favorable debate coverage either.

    Whining about debates takes us away from getting our message to voters. It distracts us from our message.

    Undecided voters don’t care whether we’re included in debates.

  15. Andy

    “How do I know? Because my vote total varied by county. The county where the debate was held was on the low end even though it got more attention there because it was local.”

    This does not necessarily mean that being in the debates did not bring in more votes, and also raise at least some interest in the Libertarian Party.

    I just looked up the vote total statistics for the 2010 New York Governor’s race, and I’m surprised at how low voter turn out was. The population of New York is around 18 million and something. I don’t know how many of them are registered voters, but only around 4.7 million and something people voted in the gubernatorial race. That’s only around 26% of the population. The winning candidate, Democratic Party nominee Andrew Cuomo, received around 2.9 million votes, which comes out to about 16% of the population.

    Judging from the statistics, it appears to me that a lot of New Yorkers were dissatisfied and/or disinterested in that election and therefore did not bother voting. I’d wager that among those non-voters, that a lot of them would have voted Libertarian if they knew about it and if they thought that it would make a difference. The problem is how to reach out to those people and get them “off of the couch,” and the only answers to this are that it is something that it going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of money to accomplish.

  16. Jed Ziggler (@JedZiggler)

    I agree that TV & radio ads are the best way to gain notoriety for our candidates, but being included in the debates is also a plus. All exposure is good exposure.

    Also, I’ll point out that Jesse Ventura was below Sarvis’ numbers around this time in 1998. He was invited into the debate. He won. A more recognizable name, but still.

  17. Rick Adams

    LOL, the Moonie Times keeps trying to paint Ken Cuccinelli as some sort of libertarian hero…

    “Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II on Thursday staked out strong libertarian positions on police surveillance and embraced populist ideas to streamline major parts of state government as he tries to rally Republicans and close a gap in the polls heading into the final weeks of Virginia’s gubernatorial campaign.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/17/cuccinelli-certain-he-can-prevail-after-a-virginia/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

  18. Rick Adams

    Wow, I didn’t realize that both of my previous two comments started with LOL… must be having a laugh attack!

  19. paulie

    A large chunk of debate watchers have already made up their minds. They are fans of a particular party or candidate, and they watch to cheer for their side. The undecided voters don’t watch debates much.

    Some do. And getting your base more excited has some value as well, as George Whitfield illustrates:

    . Your own debate appearance inspired me to donate to your campaign which enabled you to buy more advertising.

    Additionally, there are many voters who don’t know who our candidates are or what they stand for, so for them debates are advertising – they learn about the fact that we exist because of debates, some portion of them like what we have to say, some portion of those get involved, etc.

    I’ve heard many LP members and activists tell me they discovered the LP due to seeing LP candidates in debates.

  20. paulie

    Stop wasting your time whining about debates. They don’t matter. Sarvis should keep doing what he has been doing to get his name out to voters and persuade them to pull his lever.

    That is exactly what he is doing. Debate exclusions have also spurred some supporters to donate more, because it outrages them, and there have been stories about it in the news, which helps with name recognition. So, in a way, the “whining” pays off.

    Also, debates can lead to a breakthrough – they certainly did for Ventura, for example.

  21. paulie

    The county where the debate was held was on the low end even though it got more attention there because it was local.

    Might there have been other factors in that?

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