Sarvis Says He Wasn’t ‘Obama Puppet’ Bowling for Cuccinelli
Virginia Libertarian reflects on race for governor, frustrations and lessons learned
By STEVEN NELSON
November 7, 2013
Robert Sarvis speaks at Glen Maury Park on Sept. 2, 2013, in Buena Vista, Va.
Robert Sarvis captured 6.5 percent of the vote in Virginia’s gubernatorial election Tuesday. The Libertarian’s campaign was derided by some opponents as a dirty trick that doomed Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
Sarvis says that’s not true.
“Am I an Obama puppet or am I a GOP puppet? I tend to think neither,” he told U.S. News on Wednesday. “The GOP had a concerted effort to misrepresent my policy positions [and] this was one last-ditch effort to do so.”
Cuccinelli received 45.3 percent of the vote, losing to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who received 47.7 percent.
Among the negative press Sarvis received was an Election Day article in The Blaze that reported the Libertarian Booster PAC – which gave in-kind donations totalling $11,454 to Sarvis, mostly for ballot petitioning – received $150,000 in January from Joe Liemandt, a wealthy Democratic donor who also gives to Libertarians.
“The donor in question didn’t donate to my campaign,” Sarvis counters. “He donated to a Libertarian PAC well before I got into the race.” Many direct campaign donors , he said, gave to Republicans in the past.
Other frustrations for the candidate included libertarian idol and former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, saying at a Monday pre-election rally for Cuccinelli that voting for Sarvis would be “insane.”
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