The Libertarian Party’s Harris County Chair for Meetup.com, Guy McLendon might feel a little lonely at the group’s Election Day Party later today. As of 4:45 p.m. today, the group’s meet-up site had only 18 people confirmed to attend the shindig, with another 7 folks saying “maybe.” That’s even though there are close to thirty candidates on the ballot locally.
Hair Balls has no experience consulting with political parties, but we suggest that maybe an open bar would help fill out the crowd tonight. (Just a thought.)
Not that McLendon will be completely alone. “Some of the candidates will be there. John Wieder will certainly be there. He’s running for Congressional District 22,” he tells Hair Balls.
And even though he knows his party can’t win any of the major races, McLendon is optimistic the Libertarians will have something to celebrate. “We’re hoping that Bob Barr does well. In 1980 Ed Clark got 929,000 votes and we’re hoping that Bob Barr will exceed that total.” (For those of you who aren’t keeping up with the Libertarian Party roster of candidates Bob Barr is the Libertarian party’s presidential candidate. His running mate is Wayne A. Root.)
Despite its under-attended Election Night Party, McLendon is proud he’s of the Libertarian persuasion. “Of the three major parties that you can straight ticket vote, we were the only one whose candidates were opposed to the $700 billion bail-out bill. In the debates, Yvonne Adams Schick [candidate for U. S. Senator] was the only one that was against the bail-out bill. That’s typical for all our candidates.”
Well, blocking the $700 billion bail-out bill, that’s certainly a start - but back to that open bar thing ….
— Olivia Flores Alvarez