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Published On: Wed, Nov 20th, 2013

Republican leadership continues to lie to scare voters saying ‘Libertarians want Dems to win’

In a recent letter to the editor Bob Veit, Republican Party State Committeeman, wrote about a visit, Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, made to the St. Augustine Tea Party. In his opinion piece Mr. Veit explains perfectly why Adrian, myself and many other Libertarians do not belong to the Republican Party.  He and other leaders like him have been and still are willing to say anything to try to scare people into continuing to vote for the members of the Republican Party.

 In this opinion piece he wrote:

“They are at it again. The Libertarian Party, after successfully electing a Democrat governor in Virginia as opposed to a Republican supported by the tea party, is making a run here in Florida that will guarantee the same result. It’s public record that a major financial backer for the Virginia Libertarian Party candidate was also a Democrat fundraiser for Obama’s last campaign. Curious??”

This elected official in the Republican Party wrote something that is completely false.

Robert Sarvis photo LP.org

Robert Sarvis photo LP.org

Exit polling proved that Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate for governor in Virginia, was supported by more people that identified themselves as liberal on Election Day than those that considered themselves conservative. A simple google search looking for the exit polling would have cleared this up. (SOURCE)

He is also claiming that there had been a conspiracy perpetrated by the Democrat Party to have Sarvis in the race.

This again was absolutely false.

As written about in this NPR article:

“But a few things are off here. The $150,000 that they cite went to an existing Libertarian PAC, not the candidate. A co-founder of the PAC says less than $20,000 found its way to Virginia, for both Sarvis and legislative candidates. And the mystery donor is more generous to Libertarians than to Democrats.

The Center for Responsive Politics says that since 2009, Texas high-tech entrepreneur Joe Liemandt contributed $172,500 to Libertarian committees versus $132,996 to Democratic committees and federal candidates. (He did max out to President Obama in 2011: $5,000.) Add in money from his wife, Andra, and Democrats edge out Libertarians, $243,993 to $235,829. Andra, not Joe, is the Obama bundler, listed as raising between $200,000 and $500,000 for the 2012 campaign. Neither of the Liemandts gave directly to Sarvis.

Wes Benedict, who co-founded Libertarian Booster PAC, says he got a call from Joe Liemandt in 2008. Benedict told NPR, “He said, ‘What would the Libertarian Party do with a million dollars?’ ”

Benedict says the PAC started out in 2011, focusing first on Texas races, and Liemandt contributed — although less than $1 million. Benedict says, “Last time I communicated with him was months ago.”

There are only two reasons why this Republican State Committeemen could have made these false claims. It is either he did not know enough to do the research possible to find the correct answer (low information voter) or, and more likely, he did know this and willingly mislead people in order to support the Republican Party.

What Mr. Veit does not realize is that Libertarians are not interested in being led by fear tactics. No party owns their vote. They believe in principle. They believe in change and voting for the same people out of the same fear is not change. 

When you have a party with a State Committeemen, a leader in the party, willingly misleading voters when writing a letter to the editor, it shows there is no reforming the Republican Party.

He continues…..

“I introduced myself as an activist Republican and asked why, since he knew he could not win the seat next November, would he want to see a Democrat elected versus a Republican. He said it did not matter whether Scott or Crist was elected since they both were progressive liberals. I also asked why he did not enter the Republican primary race to unseat Scott instead of using a third party ticket. His answer was interesting in that he said the Florida Republican Party would ‘”corrupt” him. Curious?”

Charlie Crist was the Republican Governor before Rick Scott was elected. I am willing to bet that if Charlie was still a Republican Mr. Veit would have written the same letter telling people to stay Republican to vote for Crist.

The lack of principles and willingness to lie to advance an agenda within the leadership of the GOP is quite sad and not something any tea partier or Libertarian would want to be a part of. Mr. Veit knows this and is willing to say whatever it takes to keep people in the Republican Party. He does not care about restoring this country to its Constitutional roots. His loyalty oath to the party means more to him than any actual principles.

We see this Republican Committeemen for what he is.

“I encourage fellow tea party members to unite and oppose this sham Libertarian Party candidacy for what it is and please continue to work with the St. Johns County Republican Party to elect candidates who support and will fight for the preservation of our freedoms.”

Well Mr. Veit, Your fear tactics and misleading information maybe desperate but are they are also transparent and will not help you in 2014.

The people see through them and have had quite enough of the red team vs. blue team politics. Your party is fading fast and this country will be much better off because of it.

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Alex Snitker

As a United States Marine veteran, Alexander knows how to serve his country. That dedication to his country did not end when his service in the military ended, as he became the first Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate from the Great State of Florida. He learned many lessons in that time as a senate candidate and uses them daily to help other liberty candidates run for elected positions around the state.

Alex’s work in politics does not end with campaigns and he is a founding partner of the 1787 Network and co-host of the Liberty Underground radio show. He uses this platform to educate and empower individual to engage in the political process on the local level as well as bring his listeners the news and other important information that is missing in today’s media. He is deeply involved in the Libertarian Party of Florida and the Executive Director of the Save America Foundation.

Born in Iowa, Alex moved to Florida at a young age and grew up in New Port Richey. Today he still lives their with his wife Kelly and their son Michael. He is passionate about bringing liberty and constitutional principles back to the state that he has called home for so many years and where his family still remains. He is well known for his activism and lobbying efforts especially within the local area.

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  1. Tina Rodgers says:

    Alex, thank you for your research and keeping us informed of what the Republican Party is doing to destroy our choices in the election for the next Florida governor. After reading this, I’m staying away from the Republican Party and looking in-depth at the Libertarian candidate, Adrian Wyllie.

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