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In a first for this particular newspaper, the Danville Register & Bee endorses Libertarian Robert Sarvis for Governor!

Here is the endorsement and here is Bearing Drift’s take on it.  (Thanks BD!)


Robert Sarvis offers a real alternative this year, a break from the two-party paradigm that has not served us well.

As a Libertarian, Sarvis favors restraints on the size and scope of government. We’re comfortable with that.

“I realized that the Republican Party, at least in Virginia, in the current era, is not a good vehicle for liberty candidates,” Sarvis told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in August. “Republicans are very strident on personal issues. When they talk about liberty, they don’t mean any personal issues, there is very little respect for personal autonomy.

“And on economic issues, it’s almost like they don’t believe in what they talk about. They talk about limited government, but they are just as bad as the other party at cronyism, raising taxes and growing government.”


But as a conservative, he would be a political kindred spirit with many of the Republicans in the General Assembly. We believe he could be more than just a novelty candidate in 2013, but the kind of governor who inspires confidence from Virginians and respect from other members of the General Assembly.

What we won’t get from Sarvis is a big-government agenda. In a year when so many other things have gone wrong, a young man with a new way of looking at our old problems is just what the Old Dominion needs. We’re not interested in what Robert Sarvis can do for the Libertarian Party; we’re interested in what this young, intelligent and highly-motivated family man can do to change the two-party trap we’ve gotten ourselves into.

So take it from the Register & Bee:  The vote for Sarvis is not a wasted vote.  While it is not likely Sarvis WILL win but he CAN win.

Also the Register & Bee refutes the smear that Sarvis is a false libertarian.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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