Snitker makes ballot in Florida

At a press conference this morning, Libertarian Party candidate Alexander Snitker, 34, an office supplies salesman, announced he has met the ballot requirements to run for the U.S. Senate — the first Libertarian candidate in Florida’s history to do so.

Snitker says his goal is to raise $2 million for the race, or about 10 percent of the other major candidates, Gov. Charlie Crist, former House Speaker Marco Rubio and Congressman Kendrick Meek.

The echo-chamber Republicans at AoSHQ are whining away, because they’re afraid of Rubio losing votes. You’d think they’d be happy, considering what an accomplishment this is:

Florida: The ballot access laws for third parties and independent candidates have been very severe ever since 1931. Since 1931, there have been only two third party candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives on the ballot and only one third party candidate for the U.S. Senate. There has not been a third party or independent candidate on the ballot for Governor of Florida since 1920. Currently, a filing fee of 7% of the annual salary of the office is also required unless the candidate is a pauper, while a third party or independent candidate for any statewide office (other than president) needs 196,255 valid signatures — no independent candidate in any state in the U.S. has ever successfully complied with a signature requirement greater than 134,781 signatures.

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One Response to Snitker makes ballot in Florida

  1. kishnevi says:

    Well, that makes my day. There’s actually someone I can vote for in this race.

    BTW, the post at Ace of Spades is vastly misleading about Meek’s, Crist’s, and Rubio’s chances. Rubio is hampered by a mini-scandal involving him and some other GOP politicos use of Party credit cards for personal expenses and the fact that he was speaker of the state House of Reps–the legislature having almost as much credibility here as the US Congress. Also, in a state that is always close to fifty percent Democratic in feeling if not in official registration, being a fairly party line GOP conservative is a serious obstacle. Martinez, the outgoing GOP senator, could be called a GOP “moderate”, and Crist even more of one–that’s why he was initially popular as governor, and kowtowed to Obama’s stimulus so heavily. Other than Jeb Bush, I don’t think this state has ever elected an actual conservative to statewide office, unless you count the Democrats who ran things here in the fifties and early sixties as conservatives.

    Meek would actually be the favorite running against Rubio if Crist is out of the picture; his poll numbers are low simply because he’s not well known outside of South Florida. His mother was a well known black local politician; when she retired from the US House of Reps, he took over her seat, and while he maintains the standard profile of a black politician, he doesn’t indulge in the flaming idiocies such as is found in the Reverend Al or Reverend Jesse crowd.

    If Crist does run as an independent, then it’s a free for all, with Crist still the frontrunner, because he’s the logical option for all those people who are keen on neither Rubio nor Meek. Also, by vetoing the education bill last week, he not only gave a big FU to the state GOP but won back some credibility with most of the people who aren’t enamored of the GOP and the legislature, and most important, can now expect the teachers unions to do whatever he needs them to do for him in this election.

    I assume the details of the education bill haven’t made it your way. The GOP should be proud of itself–having written a bill which ignored all previous input from anyone outside the legislature, and passed it with all the legistlative openness of Congress with Obamacare (passed by the state Senate, then passed by the state House after the House leadership refused to allow any amendments because they didn’t want it to go back to the Senate for a second vote), they managed to let the teachers unite with the local school boards and parents group in opposing it as a vast complicated overreach (it might not have been an overreach, but it was pretty complicated and open to lots of finagling by regulation and local administrative input afterwards if it had actually become law). By the time Crist vetoed it, the only people publicly supporting it seem to have been GOP members of the legislature, who are now reduced to saying they’ll simply do it again in the future with a governor who’s more of a real Republican.

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