I feel that I must say this. Right now. Remember, if I blog, I blog for God. I have to have integrity. So here’s my statement about this campaign:
When I started to write about Libertarian candidates, I was sincerely impressed at the effort put forth – now there are six House candidates and of course Robert Sarvis for Governor.
But the more I learned about Sarvis, I realized he is truly an awesome candidate. Articulate. Some natural charisma. Smart as a whip! Most do not know that Sarvis co-founded a law journal at New York University Law School dedicated to liberty and free markets! Now I have written several law journal articles but I have never dreamed when I went to law school I’d even think to start a liberty law journal. (I was an underachiever until I went to work for the Framme Law Firm and I decided I’d try for a full-time academic job. I did not get it but I did get nine law journal articles published!) I also see that Sarvis is a fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He also clerked for a federal appellate judge. (It takes top grades and good writing/research skills to land a job like that.) Sarvis has a law journal article of his own to his credit.
I met Sarvis and immediately liked him. He could and should be a major party candidate (I mean that as a compliment!) but I am glad to see him running for Governor.
So, what’s the matter with Ken Cuccinelli? I should support him enthusiastically: He stood up to the Obama administration on Obamacare and would have won if the Chief Justice hadn’t decided the mandatory individual mandate was a tax. The Court actually agreed that the commerce did not reach the individual mandate. Cuccinelli also insisted that scholars who use public funds account for those funds and believe the law ought to be changed to allow future AG’s to take those cases. He’s a social conservative. He’s way better than his opponent.
But Cuccinelli just is not inspiring me this year with a negative campaign against his opponent, seeming to distance himself from his lieutenant governor candidate and just taking his base for granted. He also was deep into the Star Scientific scandal and negatively benefits from the mess surrounding the governor. Yes Cuccinelli did some things that he should have done and has called for tougher ethics laws. For McAuliffe to criticize Cuccinelli’s ethics is like a very dark pot calling the kettle black! But without a better plan, he’ll lose the election.
No I do not want McAuliffe to win. But I am truly undecided on who to vote for this election. I have given some behind the scenes help to the Sarvis campaign. I think my readers ought to know. I am close to formally helping out; I probably would vote for Sarvis if the election were today. No I am neither a member of the LP or the local GOP committee. I’ll vote as the Lord instructs me. I do disagree about Sarvis on several issues such as abortion and “gay marriage” (although my position is a hybrid of both liberal and conservative positions.) but he is what he is and I can admire that. I believe Sarvis can win if he had the resources to run an ad campaign on radio and some on TV.
As for Christopher Sullivan, I think he’s admirable and a strong candidate for the Libertarian Party. But I am still firmly for Buddy Fowler. I will send in news from Sullivan and I have given him an idea or two and some encouragement this election.
So, I’ll continue to cover the election but now I have integrity again. This is my disclosure. I will say it again: This has potential to be a historic election if Sarvis can get the funds to be competitive. A million dollars or so ought to do it. Unless Tom White asks me not to cover the Libertarians or Sarvis anymore, I’ll continue to do so. But now you know where I stand on this.