Barr campaign in Texas: no double standard for Democrats, Republicans

Shane Cory, Bob Barr’s Deputy Campaign Manager, says the Barr campaign is definitely going to “make a stand in Texas.” He’s referring to the situation where both major parties failed to register for the presidential campaign before the Texas deadline, leaving Bob Barr as the only presidential candidate on the Texas ballot.

Says Cory:

This situation in Texas is a perfect opportunity to highlight the double standard that exists in our nation.

Over the past several decades, Libertarians have spent millions of dollars, filed countless numbers of lawsuits while being sued countless numbers of times over their right to be on the ballot. Thousands of people have put in their time, energy, earnings and passion in an effort that, in the end, simply allows a voter to see a candidate’s name printed on the ballot.

Throughout every battle that we engage in each election season, we must dot every “I” and cross every “T” or face the consequences of failure for our ballot drives.

Even when we follow the letter of the law, as we did in Pennsylvania, we still face challenges that drain our financial resources and strain our staff.

Should we give Barack Obama and John McCain a pass in Texas and look the other way? Would they do that for us?

. . . I don’t think so.

If John McCain and Barack Obama want to bend the rules to get on the ballot in Texas, they’re going to do it with the Barr Campaign and tens of thousands supporters looking on and scrutinizing their every move.

33 Responses to “Barr campaign in Texas: no double standard for Democrats, Republicans”

  1. Freelancer Says:

    Go get em Bob. They can’t get away in with this doublestandard.

  2. Peter M. Says:

    More than just the Barr campaign and its supporters, I should say. Barr definitely has an edge here by actually being on the ballot, but all supporters of third parties should be watching this carefully.

    Has the write-in application deadline passed yet in Texas?

  3. Larry West Says:

    In Texas, one must file a notarized declaration with 34 electors between July 27 and 5pm Aug. 26.
    So it is too late for Obama and McCain to be write-in candidates, either.

  4. Nicole Williams Says:

    But it’s the Republican and Democratic party who we know are wholly integrated with government on the Federal and State level! It will be fun to see the parsing of words and bent logic when they let McCain and Obama on the ballot in Texas. But fun in a sick way – like peeking at something lurid.

  5. Larry West Says:

    The above info is at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/runpres07.shtml
    See the bottom of the page.

  6. Free Al. Says:

    We should certainly take a stand against this. Even if we win, McCain and Obama will only be missing from one ballot. The LP is set to miss out on twice that many, and the other parties will be missing from even more. Maybe this experience will teach them a lesson. This is undoubtably Karma at work, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.

  7. Ayn R. Key Says:

    So Bar is going to file that lawsuit?

  8. Stewart Flood Says:

    Texas has 34 votes in the Electoral College. This would kill McCain’s chances of winning without it going to the House of Representatives.

    Who has more friends in the House? Obama, McCain, or Bob Barr? Hmmmmmmmmmm….............

  9. Bill Wood Says:

    I would think it would be the Rs and Ds who would have to file a law suit to appear on the ballot .

  10. RockHoward Says:

    Hey Stewie…

    Before you simply hand the election to the House in your scenario, consider that the 34 LP electors will have a say prior to that happening. As you certainly know if you have studied your LP history, presidential electors can vote how they wish. As one of the 34 electors I can say that it will take a lot to sway me to vote for one of the establishment party candidates, but it might happen. (When I say a lot, I am not talking about anything for me personally, but rather true political compromises. Of course trusting either of the parties to deliver on said promises would re

  11. RockHoward Says:

    Hey Stewie…

    Before you simply hand the election to the House in your scenario, consider that the 34 LP electors will have a say prior to that happening. As you certainly know if you have studied your LP history, presidential electors can vote how they wish. As one of the 34 electors I can say that it will take a lot to sway me to vote for one of the establishment party candidates, but it might happen. (When I say a lot, I am not talking about anything for me personally, but rather true political compromises. Of course trusting either of the parties to deliver on said promises would re

  12. RockHoward Says:

    ... require a leap of faith on my part that I am unlikely to make. Still it would be interesting to be in that situation.

  13. Andy Craig Says:

    The most solid thing McCain or Obama could offer in such a scenario would be appointing Libertarians to key positions rather than totally unenforceable policy promises. Attorney General would be at the top of the list.

  14. Anthony D Says:

    in my opinion, the best thing that could come out of this would be pre-suit “settlement.”

    I.E.-the LP wont fight in texas if they get ballot access in Maine, Okla, and WestVa.

  15. timothy west Says:

    wow, i got a relative named larry!

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  17. Richard Says:

    This is all very interesting. I am a Barr supporter and it is sick to know how few people have heard of him. Sad that so many let the media feed them everything and never search for knowledge on their own. I hope this gives the LP a chance to get in the spot light and become better known. One last thing, people need to stop the comment “I like him but it would be a wasted vote”. Voting for what you think is right for this country is never a wasted vote.

  18. Scott from Michigan Says:

    If Obama was smart, he would fight the Republicans on this and cost McCain Texas…

  19. Ayn R. Key Says:

    Scott, the problem with that scenerio is it gives the libertarians a big boost. While it would help Democrats in the short run, it would hurt them in the long run … and they know that. They haven’t kept the duopoly by ignoring the long run.

  20. Steve Says:

    Not only can they get away with it, they will get away with it, because the two major parties make the rules. Sue as Barr might, I can almost certainly inform you that Obama and McCain’s names are already on that ballot in Texas, regardless of whether they’ve filed any paperwork at all. Even if they never did, the person making the ballot is probably one of them and they’d be on it anyway. Then of course, if there is a lawsuit to block it, the Democrat or Republican that will preside over the case will ensure that the Texas citizens’ right to see the TWO candidates on the ballot is upheld.

  21. Clark Says:

    ...in another year, i’d say ‘go for the fucking throat’..no compromise..use any resources you have to thoroughly expose this apparent (coming) fraud…while making some of the great points even barr and/or his cheerleaders made here..

    ...but it sickens me to think this would/will give more exposure to the whipped cream titular head of the LP…the republicreature, barf, and his apparently stooooooopid cheerleaders, surrogates, etc….

    ...maybe it’s better not to draw attention to these barfers and their fucking mutant republican ‘understandings’ of libertarianism..

    ...but have a good day!..

  22. Thomas Jeffeson Says:

    A lawsuit might illustrate the double standard involved with ballot access law. It also might bring some more visiblity to the Libertairan Party, although it might be a bit better if some of the other third party candidates were involved.

    If Nader, Bar, Green, LP and Constitution got together on this issue they could probably help push for ballot access laws reform—perhaps get something passed for all federal offices.

  23. Jonathan Says:

    Fish don’t fry in the kitchen,
    Beans don’t burn on the grill.
    Took a whole lotta tryin’
    Just to get up that hill.
    Now we’re up in the big leagues,
    Gettin’ our turn at bat!
    As long as we live,
    It’s you and me, baby!
    There ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!
    Hooray, We’re Movin’ on Up!

    RAISE THE BARR !
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  24. Tannim Says:

    The “Jeffersons” theme? Now that’s pathetic!

    Bob Barr is no George Jefferson, and I won’t touch who’d be Louise.

  25. Albert A. Says:

    For those who may not have kept abreast of this issue in Texas Ballot Access, I will provide you a brief update.

    Even before the official announcement was made for McCain’s VP., both major party’s (somehow) got added to the b Texas ballot.

    The major question now is: Will the Barr Camp go all out, on a lawsuit to have them removed, as McCain is trying to remove Barr in Pennsylvania?

    Currently no official comment has been forthcoming about how the D’s & R’s were added to the Ballot ‘after the closing deadline’ in Texas, that I have been made aware of.

    A very recent email, sent to me yesterday, from the Libertarian Party is asking for donations for their legal fund to fight the Rebublicans on all the ballot assess suits now pending, and to come in the future.

    I intend to support them as much as I can, as any Third Party (minor party) Member or candidate should—to equalize the playing feild—and make the Big Boys play by the rules they wrote.

  26. Free Al. Says:

    Albert, the campaighn has verified that Obama and McCain are now illeagally on the ballot in Texas. They plan to reveal their course of action on tues, after the Labour day holiday. Why we are giving them the added time to doctor the records and falsify a paper trail is beyond me, and I can assure you they are doing that this very minute. I’m hoping they are moving forward already, and just plan to unveil it on Tues. Check out Barrs website, under the Lone Star Canidate thread, for more info on this.

  27. DIAMOND DAVE Says:

    Guys, a new zogby poll just released shows Barr at 5% which is great news. Despite all the news media showing Obamamania and now McCain’s pick of VP , The Libertarian Party stands a chance to make history and actually qualify for automatic ballot access in MANY states in 2012. This would save the next candidate HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars and TIME and LAWSUITS spent on just getting on ballots. This would leave those resources free to actually campaign and get spread the message of Liberty and less government.

    The time is now to UNITE and stand behind the Libertarian candidate BOB BARR to make the strongest showing possible this November.
    But we cannot do it without your support .

    I urge everyone to donate something today SUNDAY to the campaign and help keep these polls steady. Even if you havenot decided to vote for Barr yet, I urge you to donate $25 now as we only have 65 days to election day. The campaign needs money now as we enter the crucial part of the campaign.

    Let Freedom Grow

  28. Tannim Says:

    They’re waiting until Tuesday because nobody gives a damn over the holiday weekend. Simple.

  29. Jonathan Says:

    only 64 days left . we need money people. Come on now
    www.bobbarr2008.com

  30. Sean Scallon Says:

    Let sue the bastards! Does anyone think the LP would be allowed an “amended filing” if they were late with their ballot petitions? I think not. Here’s a ghreat chance for some publciity and to expose the sheer hypocriscy of ballot access rules.

  31. Brandon Magoon Says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that the real reason Barr apperence on F

  32. Brandon Magoon Says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that the real reason Barr’s appearance on Fox and CNN were cancelled is because they were afraid he might mention the ballot situation live on the air. The hurricane excuse doesn’t make sense.

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