“UPPING THE STAKES”
by Jerry Kane, blogging at The Millstone Diaries, ©2019
The final vote count in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race Tuesday had Republican Matt Bevin losing the election to Democrat Andy Beshear by 4,658 votes, or 0.3 percent. Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate John Hicks received 28,427 votes or 2 percent of the votes cast in the election.
“Because of the LPK’s spoiler efforts, the state of Kentucky – barring a possible recount or discovery of voter fraud – will no longer have a governor who vetoes tax hikes, cuts red tape for job creators, and promotes free market economics.” Shane Trejo, Big League Politics
Kentucky’s Libertarian Party is proud that their candidate played spoiler and helped a progressive Democrat win the governorship over a constitutional conservative in a red state.
“In an ideal world, we elect Libertarian candidates and advance liberty. Failing that, we push mainstream candidates towards liberty to advance the cause. But if we can’t do those things, we are always happy to split the vote in a way that causes delicious tears,” the Libertarian Party of Kentucky posted on Facebook Tuesday night.
It was bad enough that the Libertarian candidate helped the Democrat Party’s candidate defeat the Republican, but what’s worse is the Kentucky Libertarian Party and their candidate relished doing it. The Libertarians rubbed it in the faces of the voters who supported the conservative tea party candidate who reduced taxes and cut regulations in the state.
“Tonight there are plenty of delicious tears from Bevin supporters,” wrote the Libertarian Party of Kentucky in its Facebook post.
In 2013, a major Democrat Party campaign donor and top bundler for President Barack Obama’s campaign paid professional petition circulators to collect signatures to put the name of Virginia’s Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis on the state’s ballot.
Sarvis, whose Libertarian credentials were suspect at best, entered the race to draw away voters from Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to ensure Democrat Terry McAuliffe a victory in a tight race.
Wes Benedict, co-founder and president of The Libertarian Booster PAC, didn’t seem to mind that Sarvis may have been co-opted by Obama operatives to help McAuliffe defeat Cuccinelli. Benedict said “he had ‘no problem’ if the perception turns out to be that Sarvis helped cause a Cuccinelli loss.”
The GOP didn’t run bad or unpopular candidates in Kentucky or Virginia. What happened is that the Democrat Party has upped the stakes to include stealth tactics involving the use of Libertarian Party candidates to win elections.
“Modern society is hypnotized by socialism. It is prevented by socialism from seeing the mortal danger it is in. And one of the greatest dangers of all is that you have lost all sense of danger, you cannot even see where it’s coming from as it moves swiftly towards you.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
For more on the story, see Libertarians Brag About Throwing Kentucky Governor Election to Democrat: “Your Tears are Delicious” and Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis was co-opted by Obama operatives to ensure Terry McAuliffe victory