Libertarians withdraw from statewide races: "All three Libertarian Party nominees for statewide office in Pennsylvania abandoned their bids for the fall ballot today, leaving no third-party opposition to the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.We have Jim Roddey, and others just like him in the ranks of the GOP to thank for this. They think they know best. They think they can lawyer up to no end and then put the burden of their bill onto the citizen candidates. Jim Roddey thinks that in 10 to 20 years, his words, third parties are going to be big. Say what?
Filing papers to withdraw were York lawyer Marakay Rogers, a perennial candidate who was running for governor; political newcomer Douglas Jamison, an engineer running for Senate; and Kat Valleley, a Bucks County homemaker seeking to become lieutenant governor. The action followed nearly two days of intensive scrutiny of their petition signatures.
The action isn't after intensive scrutiny as much as it is about a calculated risk to pay more than $90,000 for the pleasure of NOT running for public office.