SACRAMENTO – Many of my Republican friends chide me for being a “Losertarian,” a member of a party, the Libertarian Party, that is far better known for its sometimes-bizarre candidates, bitter internal disputes and unrealistic policy positions then it is for winning elections.
Never mind that the GOP has its share of strange candidates (including one who managed to win a presidential election), but the criticism always has had an uncomfortable ring of truth to it.
So it was with much enjoyment that I watched Libertarian candidate Jeff Hewitt certified as the winner of a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
In an election that saw Republican candidates obliterated for statewide and legislative seats, it was unusual seeing a Libertarian win a powerful office in one of the nation’s most-populous counties. These races are “nonpartisan,” but Calimesa Mayor Hewitt never hid his party affiliation. He beat a well-known Republican former assemblyman.
His victory offers some national political lessons, although Hewitt seems far more interested in rolling up his sleeves and addressing the county’s public-policy problems than he is in becoming the poster child for any party or movement...