Monday, August 09, 2010

Third-party candidates may be key in Pa. governor's race

This is NOT a news article, it is an editorial.
Third-party candidates may be key in Pa. governor's race: "In addition to his Democratic opponent, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the ballot will include Marakay Rogers, the Libertarian Party candidate, and John Krupa, running under the banner of the tea party.
Libertarians tend to diverge from the current Republican Party on social issues. Tea Party supporters criticize both major parties. Still, it's at least broadly accurate to say that both of those constituencies, with their common opposition toward bigger government, are more likely to overlap with Republicans than Democrats."
What is the news?

The Libertarians are unlike the Rs in many ways beyond social issues. How about the war? How about privacy? How about corporate welfare? How about stimulus funding? How about size of government?

Look at the lead of this article too. In recent decades, no independent candidate has mounted a credible challenge for a statewide office in Pennsylvania. THAT is what James O wants to say first! He'll give a history lesson and think it is newsworth.

Complete crap from the P-G, as usual. There is no credible journalism.

Mr. Krupa could not be reached for comment. But some tea party activists are wary of his candidacy. Pick up the phone P-G reporter. He could not be reached yet this article is about his running. Give us a break.

Ms. Rogers, the Libertarian contender, said there are plenty of reasons for independents to run that have nothing to do with political mischief.

"The mere fact that you might not win or probably won't win is not an excuse for not running," said the York County lawyer. "The fewer candidates that run, the fewer ideas that will be discussed -- the vote for women, Social Security -- and those were originally third-party ideas. If third parties didn't raise the issue first, the other parties would never adopt them."

Ms. Rogers is a veteran tilter at the major party windmills. She ran for governor as a Green Party candidate in 2006. After migrating to the Libertarians, she ran for attorney general in 2008 and for Superior Court in 2009.

A tilter at windmills.