Surprise: Obama Bundler Bankrolling Libertarian In VA Governor’s Race – Townhall
It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book: backing a third candidate in order to beat the main competition. This time, this tactic is being used in the Virginia gubernatorial race by Democrats who are heavily backing “Libertarian” candidate Robert Sarvis in an effort to pull votes away from Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Meredith Jessup at The Blaze has all of the dirty details.
A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot – a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race.
Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.
Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama. This revelation comes as Virginia voters head to the polls Tuesday in an election where some observers say the third-party gubernatorial candidate could be a spoiler for Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
Naturally, Sarvis’ campaign won’t explain the backing and refused to discuss whether he was recruited by Democrats to upset the race in Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s favor.
Last week, NRO’s Charles C.W. Cooke destroyed Sarvis’ “Liberatarian” credentials, pointing out his big government positions on climate change, taxes and supporting GPS tracking devices in Virginia cars.
In a recent Reason interview, Sarvis explained that he was “not into the whole Austrian type, strongly libertarian economics,” preferring “more mainstream economics” instead. The candidate expanded on this during an oddly defensive interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, in which he seemed put off not so much by “strongly libertarian economics” as by libertarian economics per se. As governor, Sarvis told Todd, he would be hesitant to cut taxes, unsure as to how he might “reduce spending,” and open to indulging the largest piece of federal social policy since 1965 by expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program.
Worse yet was Sarvis’s rambling interview with the Virginia Prosperity Project, in which the candidate expressed his enthusiasm for increasing gas levies, and for establishing a “vehicle-miles-driven tax.” It strikes me that it is almost impossible to square such a measure with any remotely coherent “libertarian” position on that most sacred of rights: privacy. Virginia’s mooted VMT plan requires the installation of government GPS systems in private cars – an astonishingly invasive proposal.
So, is the split the vote tactic working? We’ll have to see what happens tonight as the polls close, but up to this point the answer is yes.
A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showed Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II trimming Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s lead in the Virginia governor’s race to 4 percentage points, suggesting the contest is much closer than some analysis has indicated.
The survey gave Mr. McAuliffe a lead of 45 percent to 41 percent, with 9 percent of likely voters opting for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis. That advantage is down from 46 percent to 39 percent for Mr. McAuliffe in a Quinnipiac poll last week, when Mr. Sarvis had 10 percent.
Former presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul, notorious for his Libertarian views and dedication to principle, campaigned for Cuccinelli in Virginia last night. When Ron Paul is campaigning for the Republican in the race, you know the Libertarian is fake.
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Ron Paul: ‘Insane’ To Vote For ‘Libertarian’ Robert Sarvis – Big Government
On Monday, former Congressman and staunch libertarian Ron Paul (R-TX) campaigned for Virginia Republican Governor candidate Ken Cuccinelli and said Virginias would be giving up on liberty if they voted for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s election and would be “insane” if they voted for so-called libertarian Robert Sarvis, the third-party candidate who may siphon enough votes from Cuccinelli to spoil the election.
Specifically referring to the mileage taxes that Sarvis indicated he may support and which may require GPS systems to be installed in everyone’s cars, Paul said “anybody who would conceivably vote for someone who would endorse a mileage tax” is “insane” because a mileage tax would be an “invasion of privacy” and would just give the government more money it could waste. In an interview on MSNBC, Sarvis indicated that he could support “vehicle-miles-driven taxes.”
Appearing with Cuccinelli, Paul also noted that Cuccinelli would cut taxes and would not support any new taxes. He said though Cuccinelli may not be in the Libertarian Party, he’s a “Constitutionalist, so he’s an ally.”
Paul also ripped Democrats for thinking that individuals are not smart to take care of themselves.
“Why should we grant this authority to a few thugs who want to take over the government to make all our decisions for us?” Paul said.
Paul said Cuccinelli is a “defender” of liberty and asked Virginians not to “give up on liberty.”
“If you elect the other guy, you are [giving up on liberty],” Paul said of McAuliffe.
Paul also said Cuccinelli has already proven that he is able to take on the federal government and called Obamacare a “monster” that Cuccinelli has fought from the beginning.
Earlier, Cuccinelli mentioned how much of an infringement Obamacare was on the liberty of Virginians and detailed his strong defense of property rights. Cuccinelli said that McAuliffe sleeps in Virginia but is of Washington and asked Virginians to say “‘No’ to Obamacare and ‘Yes’ to Liberty” by voting for Cuccinelli.
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Democrats’ Stunning Election-Eve Dirty Tricks – WorldNetDaily
It would be like accusing Obama of opposing Obamacare.
Democrats are apparently telling voters in Virgina that gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli supports Obamacare, even though the Republican was the first attorney general in the country to file a lawsuit against the health-care law.
Why would Democrats make such an accusation?
To keep conservative voters from going to the polls Tuesday, according to state Republicans.
Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is already mired in scandals and his once double-digit lead in the Virginia gubernatorial race is virtually gone, down to just two points in a poll released over the weekend.
So now, he is resorting to dirty tricks, according to a Virginia lawmaker.
Scott Lingamfelter, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, said he received a robo-call on Sunday claiming that Cuccinelli supports Obamacare.
He also said the call claimed vehemently pro-life Cuccinelli supported taxpayer financing for abortions.
“They are shameless in their lies,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“I guess they are trying to suppress GOP voters,” Lingamfelter concluded.
Lingamfelter said the recording announced it was paid for by the Democratic Party of Virginia.
He pleaded with Virginians to “understand that the party that wants Terry McAuliffe to be your governor will flat lie about anything!”
Lifenews reports, “[T]he calls may have been going on for a while, as Virginia resident Shirley Widlacki wrote on Twitter in early October that she received a similar robo-call with false claims about Cuccinelli.’
WND called the Democratic Party of Virginia for comment. Press Secretary Ashley Bauman said she’d been “on the road” for a while. She directed the inquiry to another staff member and gave WND an email address. WND has not received a response.
When WND contacted the Cuccinelli campaign for reaction, a representative provided a press release from the Republican Party of Virginia, which read, “It’s a despicable attempt at voter suppression. It’s shameless, it’s dishonest, and it’s utterly unsurprising.”
Referendum on Obamacare
Obamacare has become the top issue for Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race as it heads for a neck-and-neck finish.
In an op-ed column published in Politico on Monday, Cuccinelli portrayed the election as a referendum on Obamacare.
“Virginia can send Washington a message that we oppose Obamacare with our votes on Tuesday.
“Virginians who oppose Obamacare can vote for me, and Virginians who want to see Obamacare grow further can vote for McAuliffe,” he wrote.
“This is the first chance for people to speak clearly at the ballot box about the impact this law is having on their lives and on our economy,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Monday while campaigning for Cuccinelli.
“That health care law will only get worse,” he added. “The website is just the tip of the iceberg.”
President Obama seems to be running away from his own health-care law, not even mentioning Obamacare once during his entire 21-minute speech while campaigning for McAuliffe on Sunday.
Democrats seem to be hoping Republicans will get more blame for the government shutdown than Democrats will get for the Obamcare disaster.
Referring to the shutdown, McAuliffe said, “He (Cuccinelli) stood with the tea party and not with Virginia families.”
“Can you even imagine if Ted Cruz, Ken Cuccinelli and the tea party ran the Virginia government?” he wondered.
The president literally tried to scare up votes for his candidate, telling supporters, “Nothing makes me more nervous than when my supporters start feeling too confident, so I want to put the fear of God in all of you,” Obama said.
And campaigning for McAuliffe Monday, Vice President Joe Biden tried to paint Cuccinelli’s traditional values as old fashioned, warning that tea-party views are “out of the ’30s and ’40s and ’50s.”
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