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Bob Barr: An Enemy of Libertarians

In Libertarian, Libertarian Convention, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Libertarian Politics 2008, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Republican on May 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Though he now claims to be a Libertarian, sits on the LNC and wants to be our Presidential nominee, Bob Barr continues to support Republican candidates through his Republican PAC, called “The Bob Barr Leadership Fund”.

He doesn’t just support Republican candidates; he supports Republican candidates even when there is a Libertarian candidate for that same office. Worse, this has happened too many times for it to be simply explained away.

Q: Why should Libertarians support Barr for President, when Barr doesn’t support Libertarian candidates?

A: We should not. Libertarians should never support a presidential candidate who regularly stabs Libertarian candidates in the back by supporting their opponents.

Here are some of the races in which Barr, since he joined the LP, has supported a Republican candidate to the detriment of a Libertarian candidate for the same office.

Update: I have added the exact dates the contributions were made. All of the below contributions were made during the 2007-2008 election cycle, according to FEC records.

Georgia Senate race

Libertarian candidate: Allen Buckley

Bob Barr supported
05/08/07 Saxby Chambliss for Senate $ 500
06/22/07 Saxby Chambliss for Senate $1000
09/28/07 Saxby Chambliss for Senate $1000
01/07/08 Saxby Chambliss for Senate $1000

Total to Republican candidate in George Senate race: $3,500

Total to Libertarian candidate in George Senate race: $ 0

New Hampshire Senate race

Libertarian candidate: Ken Blevens

Bob Barr supported
03/12/07 Team Sununu $1000
06/22/07 Team Sununu $2000

Total to Republican candidate in NH Senate race: $3,000

Total to Libertarian candidate in NH Senate race: $ 0

Virginia Senate race

Libertarian candidate: William Redpath

Bob Barr supported
12/04/07 Gilmore for Senate $1000.00

Total to Republican candidate in Virginia Senate race: $1,000

Total to Libertarian candidate in Virginia Senate race: $ 0

Idaho Senate race

Libertarian candidate: Kent Marmon

Bob Barr supported
05/08/07 Larry Craig for Senate $1000

Total to Republican candidate in Idaho Senate race: $1,000

Total to Libertarian candidate in Idaho Senate race: $ 0

North Carolina Congressional race

Libertarian candidate: Thomas Hill

Bob Barr supported
05/08/07 Robin Hayes $1000

Total to Republican candidate in N C Congressional race: $1,000

Total to Libertarian candidate in N C Congressional race: $ 0

Texas Congressional race

Libertarian candidate: Ken Ashby

Bob Barr supported
05/08/07 Friends of Jeb Hensarling: $1000.00

Total to Republican candidate in Texas Congressional race: $1,000

Total to Libertarian candidate in Texas Congressional race: $ 0

Barr still “exploring”, with convention just 18 days away. Why?

In Congress, Libertarian Convention, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Libertarian Politics 2008, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Republican on May 5, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Bob BarrThe LP Convention is in 18 days.  Will Bob Barr announce that he is running for President, and if so, when does he plan to do that?

I’m beginning to believe that his real intention is to wait until the last possible minute to announce – possibly even at the convention itself – so libertarians don’t have time to subject him to the same level of scrutiny which the other LP presidential candidates have endured.  After all, Barr does have a long history of doing things which are very, very unlibertarian.

Recently – while sitting on the LNC – he sent out a letter asking people to help him defeat Hillary Clinton by buying his “Barr Report” for $50, and nowhere in that letter did he even once use the word “libertarian” when describing himself (though he did call himself “conservative”, and the envelope called him “Republican”).  He has continued to use his Republican PAC, and he has continued to support Republican candidates even when there is a Libertarian opponent.

Clearly, he would face a lot of very serious questions about his activities while sitting on the LNC – not to mention all the questions about his actions while a Republican in Congress, from wasting $80 million on the failed Clinton impeachment, to his authorship of the Defense of Marriage Act, to his support of the Patriot Act, among other things – were he to announce anytime before the last possible minute.

Personally, I suspect that fear of scrutiny is why he is still hiding behind his “exploratory committee”, and for that reason I have completely discounted him as a serious LP presidential candidate.  Any candidate who has not announced their candidacy at this point, with the convention only a little over two weeks away, is not worthy of the level of trust one must put into a Presidential nominee.

Will Barr Announce At The Heartland Conference?

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Media, People in the news, Politics on April 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Bob BarrFrom Fox News:

Barr told FOX News on Tuesday that he should know in the next few days whether he is going to go for it.

If he does decide to make an announcement in the next few days, Barr said it “would not be in either Washington or Atlanta.

Another source told FOX News that the announcement should happen this weekend, probably on April 5. That is the day Barr is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Heartland Libertarian Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

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I wonder if Mr. Barr will end his Republican PAC and call for the repeal of DOMA if he is the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nominee. Of course, when he announces (if he announces) these questions will almost certainly be asked by his 14+ Libertarian opponents.