Sunday, March 30, 2008

Former LP candidate, Robert McDonald, leads rEVOLution to victory in my Texas district

I am so proud of Robert McDonald and all of the libertarian Ron Paul Republicans in my state senatorial district. Last night's Austin American Statesman reports:

Paul supporters win one, lose one in Travis County

In the SD 25 meeting, the temporary chair who had hoped to be elected the permanent chair of the confab was defeated by a challenger backing U.S. Rep. Paul, R-Lake Jackson, for president. In turn, delegates elected Paul-majority committees to guide them through sorting resolutions and selecting delegates to the state convention in June.

Robert McDonald, an Austin CPA elected the permanent chair of the county’s GOP SD 25 convention, said he won the post by about 17 votes—after which some of what he called the old guard walked out, including the temporary chairman, Brian Padden.

Robert McDonald was the Travis County Libertarian Party candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, in 2006.

Since I am the Libertarian Party candidate for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 3 (see wesbenedict.com), I obviously was not a delegate to this district 25 Republican convention. Ironically, however, I did attend the district 14 Republican convention as a vendor representing Stop Domain Subsidies.

I have to admit, it was a bit awkward at times, because our vendor table was right next to the COST table. COST is a group working to prevent transportation boondoggles in Austin like light rail. And while I'm against light rail myself, the Executive Committee of Cost includes my Republican opponent, Gerald Daugherty, plus Jim Skaggs, who recently sent me an email saying he used to like the Libertarian Party, but now hates them all because of me. Oh well.

Gerald Daugherty is known as a "toller" in Travis County for supporting putting toll booths all over Central Texas highways. With so many Ron Paul supporters in our precinct (many of whom have helped my campaigns for Austin City Council in the past), and with Ron Paul supporters being suspicious of the taxing and tracking aspects of these toll booths, Gerald Daugherty is likely to get kicked out of office by a strong Democratic challenger in November, and that's partly because I'll be drawing away a lot of Daugherty's former supporters.

In any case, back to the Republican conventions. I found the write-ups below highly entertaining, informative and inspiring.
  1. Blogcritics: Liveblogging a GOP District Convention, by Dave Nalle, the 2002 Libertarian Party candidate for State Representative, District 46.
  2. Daily Paul: Texas Conventions: Update HERE. Definitely read the posted comments.
Some Libertarian Party members have been justifiably concerned about the future of our party with so many current and former Libertarian Party members now working inside the Republican Party. I'm personally more committed to libertarian principles than to the Libertarian Party. Nevertheless, my experience in Texas has been that the Libertarian Party and libertarian principles are both benefiting from the Ron Paul Revolution even though many are working part-time or even full-time inside the Republican Party. The efforts are synergistic, as happens sometimes with organizations like the ACLU on privacy rights, and Democrats when some of them are genuinely supporting freedom issues.

Keep up the great work everyone!

--Wes Benedict