Earlier this week, construction estimator Brian Ellison of Michigan dropped out of the race for the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. He endorsed performance artist Vermin Supreme. Ellison, who is best known for his pledge to provide homeless people with firearms during a 2018 bid for US Senate, is currently seeking the office of Secretary of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC).
“After careful consideration and much deliberation,” writes Ellison in a Facebook post, “I’ve decided that the existing political landscape does not present a viable path for a successful candidacy for myself, so I have decided I will no longer be a candidate for the presidency.”
Ellison plans to focus entirely on his run for LNC Secretary and other contests. In his campaign for Secretary, he is attempting to unseat current Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos, who has come under fire for insisting on an in-person National Convention despite the coronavirus pandemic. Other candidates for the seat include former executive director of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee Evan McMahon.
In explaining his endorsement of Supreme for president, Ellison, who often uses the slogan “it’s OK to punch Nazis,” argues the current “election cycle will offer a vast swath of disaffected voters from the lower left quadrant [of the Nolan Chart]. It’s important that our candidate resonate well with this demographic.” He feels Supreme resonates with these voters.
Furthermore, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the campaign “will be conducted almost entirely online,” Ellison explains. “It’s important that our candidate have a large internet presence.”