I went to the final “debate” between the gubernatorial candidates and this time Libertarian Robert Sarvis was invited. It’s amazing how the presence of Sarvis made the other two behave themselves. But Sarvis also presented ideas and said potentially unpopular things. If it were a prize fight, it’d have to have been called early due to mercy for his opponents.
Sarvis actually said it: Education is costly not because of the students or the teachers but rather too many high paid administrators. How is it when we have such a high per pupil spending rate when the teachers are not paid well (McAuliffe said we were 50th in teacher pay – not sure I agree with that and I have not verified it) I wonder if the administrators get all the money? He also said he had a educational plan.
The Libertarian also said he’d abolish racial set-asides in state procurement but wants to have anonymous bidding system to ensure the same people don’t get the same contracts all the time.
The Republican hopeful, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli actually agreed with Robert about the so-called “gun show” loophole. (Sarvis also said that another cause of gun violence is the drug war and followed up with that with a eloquent plea for decriminalization to produce fewer felons.)
Sarvis also suggested he’d be an independent voice in state government – taking all the good ideas from the leaders in both parties. He urged Virginians to cast a vote you will be proud: A vote for the Libertarian. His delivery was much better than the last time I saw him at the Crusade for Voters.
After the debate he was greeted by many admirers at the front. I am glad that listeners on four radio stations in the Commonwealth and a live stream from channel 8 was visible. The LIbertarian can win and his election will open up the politics of the Commonwealth. Remember the 44 House districts with no opponent when you vote and vote Sarvis November 5.
UPDATE: HERE it is!