For those of you who align with the libertarian movement, I commend to you this very insightful piece written by Jaime Radtke. There are a handful of people in Virginia who have been instrumental in promoting that cause in Virginia, and Jaime is not only one of them, but perhaps the person who started that whole movement in Virginia long before anyone heard of an obscure congressman from Texas named Ron Paul. Her message is clear and undeniable: if you stand for liberty in Virginia, you need to stand with Ken Cuccinelli.
To my Liberty Friends: WHY VOTE CUCC VERSUS SARVIS?
I have always appreciated you, but not for the reasons you may think. Most politicians would be grateful for your vote and support, because that is all they want and need. However, I am (and have been) grateful to you for your willingness to engage me and push me on substantive public policy issues that have helped shape my opinions on a variety of public policy subjects over the years. I have the utmost respect for your grasp of dense public policy details, your activism, your accomplishments, and your commitment to principle. It is with this perspective in mind that I would like to push your thinking on the governor’s race.
I have personally known Ken and Tiero for 10 years and one thing I have always appreciated about Ken is that you may not always agree with him, but you will always know where he stands on issues. I modeled my campaign after this example. Although I agreed with the liberty/TP movement on 95% of the issues, I was always upfront and straightforward on where I stood on all issues and my libertarian friends respected me for that. I can promise you that I would not advocate you voting for a candidate that was milquetoast, simply because he was a Republican and we had to beat the Democrat. I’d rather slice out my tongue before doing such a thing! Anybody who really knows me knows that has never been the case with me. I have a history of opposing Republican candidates that stink! I have never had an issue over the last 15 years stating my opposition to Republican candidates or elected officials - including not voting for them - it is why I am so loved within the Republican Party. But I strongly believe that Ken is not only an acceptable candidate for liberty lovers, but he has been a model and leader for us.
We should not forget that Ken Cuccinelli has been with us for years when RARELY a politician would stand alongside us, except for Delegate Bob Marshall and a few others. Ken stood with us when it was not popular to do so. In fact, he stood alongside those of us who have been fighting this battle long before the tea party/liberty movement even awakened. You must remember that many of us have been fighting in the liberty/Constitutional movement for 15+ years. He blazed the trail on opposing spending that Republicans were pushing, pushing tax cuts, opposing unconstitutional legislation that Republicans favored, pushing parental choice in schooling, promoting the nonaggression theory on the unborn human life, focusing on reforming the criminal justice system, the FED, and many more issues that have been at the heart of the liberty movement. He was the one who pro-actively reached out and embraced the liberty/TP movement and worked with us to bring us into the Republican Party to have a dominating voice. As of last year, the liberty/TP movement is the key driver on the Republican Party of Virginia executive board because of our partnership with Ken Cuccinelli.
Ken stood with us on the Firearms Freedom Bill - which would have allowed no federal intervention/regulation over guns produced in VA. He is with us on the FED, Syria/Egypt type foreign policy issues, fiscal/monetary policy, property rights, civil liberties, Health Care Freedom Act, EPA, Farm Freedom Bill (aka Boneta Bill), federalism, and the Constitution. I was heavily involved in opposing the transportation tax disaster. I ran commercials nationally against those GOP turncoats like McDonnell, Howell, Norment. Ken opposed the transportation deal. He currently has a plan to cut taxes and cut spending, which is more than we can say about any other Republican as of late.
You are not being asked to vote for someone with a record like Romney or McCain. Ken has long been identified as a partner in the Liberty/Tea Party movement and has the LONG record to prove it, as I have already very briefly described. As you look back at the liberty movement to see who has championed our causes, it has consistently been Ken Cuccinelli.
I still remember when Ken got to meet Ron Paul for the first time in private at the VA Tea Party Convention – his enthusiasm was palpable. I still remember Ken bringing in his “End the Fed” book and asking Ron Paul if he would sign it and take a picture with him – just like any of us would do! I was so amused by that interaction, but I understood his admiration for Ron Paul. Indeed, Ron Paul had been an inspiration for Ken.
Now let’s talk about Sarvis.
Robert Sarvis is a man who claims to be a Ron Paul libertarian, and yet he didn’t reach out to any of the Ron Paul leadership like Christ Stearns, Donna Holt or other C4L county leaders? Nobody knew of him enough to even know if he had ever been involved (before or now) in the Ron Paul /Liberty movement until he popped up on the screen to run as a Libertarian - and straight out of the gate as a statewide candidate for governor?! Very strange. However, Sarvis ran as a Republican for state senate, so we do know he embraced the Republican Party platform only two years ago. Those of us in the Tea Party/Liberty Movement have been slaving away for 5 years in Virginia to advance liberty – protests, lobbying, campaigns, education, outreach – and yet none of us have met Sarvis or seen him contribute to the TP/Liberty efforts over the last five years. We are constantly trying to recruit more help - especially in NOVA. I personally know thousands of ‘conservatarian’ activists and yet none of us had any clue about Sarvis until he decided he would run for governor. He has no track record. There is a reason why VA Beach Libertarian Party chairman Robert Dean, Donna Holt, Chris Stearns, Rand Paul, myself and many other Liberty folks are supporting Ken over Sarvis.
I’ve known too many politicians that say what you want to hear to get attention. I am not going down that road anymore. I will go with what I know, trust and who has PROVEN RESULTS. Ken has the track record that compares to very few in Virginia. He has fought battles for us (and has the scars to show it) that very few have been willing to undertake - including “conservative” Republicans. He has done it at his own peril. (In fact, the very reason Ken’s fundraising has been low is because the Establishment and big corporations know that Ken is ONE OF US and won’t give!!!) Sarvis, on the other hand, has no record of putting any skin in the game for our cause.
Lastly, I would like to make one final point. This statewide ticket is perceived by media and voters alike as the “Liberty/Tea Party Dream Ticket.” They say this because it was the Liberty/Tea Party activists that took over the Republican Party and nominated Ken Cuccinelli because we knew that he had championed our cause over the last several years. The results of this election will be a reflection on our movement, whether we like it or not. The media, Dems and GOP Establishment are already trying to write the obituary.
Realistically, there is about 3-6 point spread between Cucc/Mcawful right now that can be easily closed over the next several weeks with your help. The Liberty/TP movement can bring victory home – it will be a well-earned victory for all the work we have done over the last 5 years.
We have an opportunity to make a strong statement to the Establishment, but this election isn’t just about making a statement. We can actually further the cause of liberty over the next four years with the election of Ken Cuccinelli. Ken has a proven record of getting RESULTS for the liberty movement. When I think about all that he has accomplished as AG, I can’t wait to see actual results for the advancement of liberty with Ken as governor over the next four years.
I apologize for the length of this post, but I know better than to post some quick sound bite to persuade my thoughtful liberty-minded friends. It is great to promote liberty, but it is time to promote liberty AND get legislative results. Your vote for Ken will accomplish both. Your vote (and effort to bring others who are like minded to the polls) will determine the outcome. I pray you will join me in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, Jamie
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