“Politics makes for strange bedfellows.” In what could be one of the more interesting headlines you will come across this election cycle, it seems like the Georgia Libertarian Party is trying hard to woo the Tea Party its way this November. Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hunt and Senatorial candidate Amanda Swafford have been making the rounds, visiting Tea Party groups around Georgia.
Just to quickly recap from earlier this summer, Tea Party groups in Georgia suffered a resounding setback when almost all of its primary candidates ended up losing. Both David Perdue and Governor Nathan Deal had Tea Party backed primary opponents that they eventually ended up defeating.
The Libertarian Party (which I am told does not necessarily represent all libertarians) appears to be taking advantage of this Tea Party setback, and is even trying to capitalize (no pun intended) on it. It remains to be seen how successful it will be in this endeavor. From the original article that appeared in the AJC over this past weekend:
There was no guarantee that Georgia gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hunt was going to get an opportunity to speak, but he went ahead and made the 1 1/2-hour drive up I-75 from Atlanta to be at this tea party meeting on a Tuesday night. Once he did arrive, the Libertarian and nanotechnology innovator was given five minutes — more than enough time to get across the spirit of his pitch of more jobs, less government.
The night before, Hunt was more than 330 miles away, giving his stump speech to a crowded room of tea party empathizers in Savannah. There was a purpose behind his far-flung travel plans: finding common ground with these conservative activists is crucial for the underdog’s hope to compete with incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter.
The article goes on to point out that:
Hunt isn’t the only Georgia Libertarian to seek tea party support. U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Swafford played cornhole with constituents before speaking at a Gwinnett County Tea Party meeting on Aug. 26. Ted Metz, a contender for insurance commissioner, has joined Hunt on his grass-roots tour, while state House District 21 write-in candidate Jeff Amason has attended tea party events in Cherokee County in the past.
While the Tea Party and the Libertarian Party do see eye-to-eye on fiscal issues, it remains to be seen how the Georgia Libertarian Party
ignores addresses the existing differences between its socially liberal platforms and the Tea Party’s socially conservative ones. What do you think about this interesting scenario? Could such an alliance ultimately be successful? Discuss.