Banks to run as an independent

A while back I posted about Jon Banks, who at the time was a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for US Senate.

Banks is now running as an independent. However, due to Georgia’s draconian ballot access laws, Banks must get 50,000 valid signatures to appear on the ballot next November.

This leaves Allen Buckley as the sole Libertarian candidate for US Senate.

4 comments

  1. StevePerkins says:

    That’s interesting (I guess). I never got what his “hook” was… his reason for challenging Buckley for the LP nod. His website suggests ties to the moderate Libertarian Reform Caucus… but the Georgia LP tends to nominate relatively reasonable candidates already, and Buckley himself is probably the most moderate figure on the state LP’s roster. The decision to go with an entirely independent run mid-stream is even more puzzling. It will be virtually impossible for him to get on the ballot under Georgia access laws.

  2. Doug Deal says:

    Steve,

    When I was attending Gwinnett LP meetings some years back, Buckley came to speak, and I must say he was one of the worst LP candidates that I have ever seen.

    Not because he is an extremist, but because he doesn’t seem to even have any libertarian beliefs at all.

    After his speech, several of us were laughing at his proposed solutions, which all seemed to be more government involvement. During the presentation he vowed to maintain the status quo on Federal taxes, and even stated that he didn’t really know much about the Libertarian party.

    He is a nice guy, but if the LP wants to grow the party, it would help to have people run with a little more charisma, who can articulate fundamental ideas that many people support. At least in that way, when the inevitable defeat comes, you might have had at least some effect on the public view of the role of government.

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