Reason.com: Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates React to Rep. Justin Amash Entering the Race
Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash
Some welcome, one wonders what took him so long, and one thinks the Libertarians should "stop nominating [former Republican] pricks!" by Brian Doherty, Reason.com
Independent (formerly Republican) Rep. Justin Amash tonight announced a last-minute entry into the race for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination. That it took him so long rubs fellow candidate, and the L.P.'s 1996 vice presidential nominee, Jo Jorgensen the wrong way. "I think it's unfortunate he didn't join the L.P. the day he renounced his Republican Party membership," she says in a phone interview tonight, "because we could have had a Libertarian in Congress, the first one ever, presenting the Libertarian message."
That he did not pledge fealty to the Libertarians publicly earlier, Jorgensen thinks, shows a politician perhaps more interested in gaining from the Libertarian's ballot access capacity and less about helping the Party grow—someone more into the Party for what's in it for him and not the cause per se.
Jorgensen notes she's been an L.P. stalwart since 1979 and has done some of the hard petitioning it takes to get the ballot access Amash wants to glom on to. Her years of work trying to sell the Liberarian message to a wide variety of audiences, she thinks, guarantees a candidate more able to communicate all the reasons to support a Libertarian than a newcomer to the Party such as Amash will manage...