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D’Annunzio: I Would Not Be Spoiler in Senate Race

Libertarian Party Senate hopefuls debate roles of third parties and government

Apr. 8th, 2014


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DURHAM – Tim D’Annunzio made a shocking admission during a Saturday candidate forum (video here): If he defeated Sean Haugh and won the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. Senate, and Gregg Brannon got the Republican nod, he would not want to split the vote in the general election and allow Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan to retain the seat.

No policy difference generated as much audience buzz at the April 5 forum at the Hilton Garden Inn in Research Triangle Park as the Libertarian Party candidates’ views on the argument that a vote for a third party candidate is wasted, and too often plays a spoiler role in depriving a major party candidate of an electoral win.

“I’m going to be perfectly honest with you,” D’Annunzio said. “The last thing that I want to be responsible for if I receive the nomination is to allow Kay Hagan to defeat someone who is a libertarian because I split the libertarian vote in the name of the Libertarian Party.”

He said Brannon, a Cary OB/GYN who’s seeking the GOP Senate bid, is “just like I was when I was part of the Republican Party. [Brannon is] actually a libertarian [philosophically] who thinks the Republican Party is the way to get elected.” Running as a Republican, D’Annunzio lost a primary runoff for the 8th Congressional District in 2010, and the general election for the 4th Congressional District in 2012.

Brannon “believes in the Constitution. He believes in the founding principles,” D’Annunzio said.

“I am sorry to say that my allegiance is not to the Libertarian Party. My allegiance is to the Constitution of the United States,” and having a senator who believes likewise, D’Annunzio said.

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  1. ATBAFT ATBAFT April 8, 2014

    I’d be much more inclined to support a Libertarian candidate who came right out and
    said “Damn right, I want to spoil it for the candidates of the parties who don’t give a darn about civil liberties and economic freedom. It is high time for voters to spoil the
    ‘lesser of two evil’ nonsense and start demanding who won’t sell our freedoms down the

  2. Dave Terry Dave Terry April 8, 2014

    IF, D’Annunzio had any integrity, he would not be running for the LP nomination in the first place

    The very fact that he IS running as a Libertarian proves that he IS a “spoiler”, i.e. he is hoping to split the libertarian vote in order to elect a Republican to office.

    IF he seriously believes that Brannon is the best candidate, he should (if possible) work to have the LPNC “endorse Brannon and not nominate a candidate for that office, OR he should
    leave the LPNC and work for Brannon openly and honestly!

  3. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler April 8, 2014

    Then Tim D’Annunzio shouldn’t be the LP nominee.

  4. paulie paulie April 9, 2014

    Give NOTA a chance.

  5. Dave Terry Dave Terry April 9, 2014

    Give NOTA a chance.

    Spoken like a true nihilist!

  6. paulie paulie April 9, 2014

    All we are saying is… give NOTA a chance! (cue John Lennon song).

  7. Andy Andy April 9, 2014

    “Dave Terry April 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    IF, D’Annunzio had any integrity, he would not be running for the LP nomination in the first place”

    The same goes for Sean Haugh.

  8. paulie paulie April 9, 2014

    Hence NOTA.

  9. Nick Nick April 12, 2014

    As a North Carolinian, I find Tim D’Annunzio to be a poor candidate. He runs every election, never gets elected and switches party to get further in the race. People forget that this guy made, I want to two or three runs for federal office as a Republican.

  10. paulie paulie April 12, 2014

    They are both bad for different reasons.

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