Guest post from Joe Enroughty who has his own Internet radio show (The Old Dominion Libertarian Radio Network – last week Joe had Judge Gray – the 2012 LP VP candidate!) and knows lots of Libertarian candidates and leaders. He has a breaking story about someone I know and admire:
Robert Shannon, founder and past chairman of both the Mechanicsville and King William TEA Party groups in Virginia, has officially endorsed Robert Sarvis (L) over Mark Warner (D) and Ed Gillespie (R) in the U.S. Senate Race in Virginia. Shannon also endorsed Sarvis when he ran for Governor in 2013 against Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R).
A large 4″ x 8″ Sarvis For Senate sign sits on Shannon’s King William property facing Route 360. Nearly 10,000 motorists pass and see that sign on a daily basis.
Below is Bob Shannon’s official endorsement of Robert Sarvis:
Over the last 5 years it has become clear that continuing to support insiders such as Ed Gillespie will only assist in the fiscal and economic decline of our Nation and lend nothing towards dismantling the “donor class” that Dr. Laura Ingraham referenced when she visited Glen Allen, Va. during the 7th District Primary Race a few months ago.
The notion that Ed Gillespie can raise a lot of money should set off alarm bells rather than be seen as some sort of benefit, since it only solidifies evidence of his insider status. Besides, we saw first hand in Virginia’s 7th District with Eric Cantor, the proof that money alone isn’t any panacea or guarantee of victory. Warner or Gillespie – it doesn’t matter. They are two beltway insiders who have gone on record as big government types. Both of these men have run the gamut of insider status, from building their personal wealth through government contracts and employment in the lobbying circus in between their stints as beltway boys. Only the most blinded partisan ideologues would close their eyes to these facts. I am not in that group. Warner and Gillespie are both part and parcel of the same problem, not a remedy.
Robert Sarvis is a genuine human being running for public office for the right reasons. He has the 3 I’s: Integrity, Intellect, and Independence . He has the personal fortitude and character to honestly tell you where he stands on an issue. I don’t agree with Rob on several issues, but it doesn’t diminish one iota the primary reason I have come to admire him and continue to support his efforts. His calm, reasoned, and principled approach to the problems this Nation faces – from fiscal and economic to cultural and personal liberty – is much more closely aligned with my own than the representatives of the oligarchs that control both major parties leadership.
If we as a Nation have any hope of arresting this decline then we must recognize the necessity to look at our problems through the eyes of someone who isn’t “owned” by these oligarchs . No one has their hooks in Robert Sarvis. He will represent us. That matters much more to me than the differences I have with him on a few issues. Integrity matters, and should matter before anything else. Absent weighing the value of that quality, you end up with more of the same.
Bob Shannon may be reached for comment by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CORRECTION: I got two stories mixed when I wrote this headline! Shannon has not joined the Sarvis Campaign and I regret the error!