In 2009, from out of nowhere, Alex leaped upon the Florida political stage and became the first Libertarian candidate for US Senate in this State’s history. This feisty former Marine showed a quick, aggressive style that earned him support and respect, and, moreover, inspired hope that a Libertarian Party could arise from the morass of self doubt, inaction, and poor leadership that had plagued the party. Every battle with the media or the major party candidates became our battle too. In short, he was a man we could rally around. I liked him from the moment I met him.
After the campaign was over he became a powerful voice in the Libertarian Party. He was a central character in the 2010 convention, an ardent advocate of better party planning and administration,and co-hosts the breakthrough “Liberty Underground” show for about a year now. He is, arguably, the best known Libertarian in the State of Florida.
But for weeks now I have been trying to come to grips with Alex’s switching parties to the Republicans so he can support his favorite Presidential candidate in the primaries. He says he will switch back as soon as he is finished voting , something he calls “voting for the man and not the party.” Alex says this is a no harm, no foul, kind of decision. Afterwards, we will all just get on with the business of getting Libertarians elected to office.
I don’t see it that way. Alex has caused us harm.