From today’s Austin American Statesman:
Former GOP state representative asks Libertarians to drop out of races
“Head of Libertarian Party asking candidates to ‘stand firm’ after they were urged not to take votes from Republicans in close contests.”
That’s the headline article in today’s Metro & State section. I also just taped an interview with KLBJ News Radio 590 AM about this. Suzanna Hupp was probably the most libertarian-leaning Republican when she served in the Texas House. She recently lobbied to reduce victim-less crimes along with a Libertarian Party member. She’s famous as an advocate for gun rights and as a survivor of the Luby’s massacre.
Weaker Libertarians might have gone easy on her. We spanked her hard with this press release Friday evening which alerted the media:
“When Republicans call and ask Libertarians to drop out, they almost always say, ‘But this guy is a good Republican.’ I guess they mean ‘a fiscal conservative, unlike all the other Republicans.’ The Republican Party has complete control of Texas government, but it keeps sticking Texans with ever higher taxes and spending, and more regulation of our personal lives. Republicans gave us the $3 billion cancer research debt. Republicans proposed a statewide smoking ban last session. Republicans created the horrible new business margins tax. I love Suzanna to death, but it’s too late in 2008 to repent the sins of 2007.
I wasn’t going to let her get away with trying to sweet-talk our candidates into quitting. “Stand firm,” but don’t blow your wad, at least not after just one phone call!