Friday, January 15, 2010

Libertarians applaud Joe Kennedy for standing firm

The Libertarian Party (LP) today expressed its support for independent Libertarian Joe Kennedy's determination not to drop out of the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senator.

The New York Times recently published an article that considered Kennedy's effect on the January 19 election. While some claim that Kennedy will steal votes from Republican Scott Brown, others think his strong support for civil liberties and his anti-war position will cause him to steal votes from Democrat Martha Coakley.

Wes Benedict, Executive Director of the LP, commented, "In fact, no one is 'stealing' anything. The votes belong to the voters, not the candidates. If voters choose Kennedy over Brown, it's probably because they understand that Brown is a typical big-government Republican. If voters choose Kennedy over Coakley, it's probably because they understand that Coakley is a typical big-government Democrat."

Benedict added, "If the next Massachusetts senator gets elected with less than 50 percent of the vote, blame the foolish plurality election system implemented by Republicans and Democrats -- not Joe Kennedy."

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