Badnarik Wins Nomination

Nothing shocking here, but at least it’s now official. Michael Badnarik is the 2006 Libertarian nominee in Texas Congressional District 10…

Libertarians nominated six candidates on Saturday for state and federal offices, including former presidential candidate Michael Badnarik for the U.S. Rep. District 10 seat.

Badnarik, the Libertarians’ presidential nominee in 2000, has raised about $200,000 in campaign money so far, said Wes Benedict, executive director of the Travis County Libertarian Party. The District 10 seat is held by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican.

The candidates nominated Saturday are running for offices that encompass more than one county. Nominated were: James Arthur Strohm, U.S. Rep., District 21; Grant Rostig, U.S. Rep., District 25; Bill Oliver, state Board of Education, District 5; Martin Thomen; state Board of Education, District 10; James R. “Bob” Thompson, state Senate, District 25.

Libertarians have several rounds of conventions to nominate their candidates. The party will select its candidates for governor, U.S. senator and other statewide offices in June.

14 Responses to “Badnarik Wins Nomination”

  1. Kyle B Says:

    looks like the paper that had this story didn’t think it was that big of a deal since the news item covered in the same column was that of a kitten theft and the kitten theft was covered before the Libertarian story. If Badnarik wants to get some attention maybe he should come out strong against kitten theft :)

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Hey, it beat out other breaking news including the Ugliest Dog Contest and “Brush fire causes slight damage” :)

  3. Chris Moore Says:

    I think just the fact that Badnarik has out-raised the Democrat almost 20 to 1 will in the next week or so make for a quick, cute story. Then no one will pay attention to the race until September. And then, Badnarik will only be part of the story if his poll numbers are (1) higher than the Democrats, and (2) within 10-15 points of McCaul’s.

    But from a recent fundraising letter I received, we should expect to see lots of action in the coming weeks. So who knows. Maybe Badnarik can earn some more media.

  4. Kyle B Says:

    Just had a question someone here might be able to answer. what is the most money a Libertarian has spent on a congressional race and how did that candidate do?

  5. glenda Says:

    I’m curious and know nothing about the guy. What is the Libertarian platform?

  6. Chris Moore Says:

    Hi Glenda. The simplest explanation of what a Libertarian believes: in general we are conservative on fiscal issues and liberal on social issues. Libertarians believe government is best when it is small and closest to the people (such as state and local governments.)

    You can learn more about Mr. Badnarik specifically and Libertarianism in general here:

  7. George Phillies Says:

    Most Money. If you count Senate, that would be Carla Howell in iirc 2000.

  8. Kyle B Says:

    how much money did she spend, how she do, and what state. You mistyped that part in your first post

  9. Allen Hacker Says:

    Hi George,

    We might not want to count senate in a congressional race, due to context, although technically both the House of Reps and the Senate together are congress.

    Either way, it would be great if you can provide both numbers, and better yet if you can break them down by primary, general, toal, and results.

    Then we’ll all know every standard to pursue.



  10. George Whitfield Says:

    Congratulations to Michael Badnarik. I think this may be the first time a Libertarian Presidential candidate has run for a different elective office after their Presidential campaign since Ron Paul was elected to Congress.

  11. Darcy G Richardson Says:

    Allen, I know this question wasn’t directed at me, but maybe this will help. According to one of her own websites, Carla Howell, co-founder of the Center for Small Government, raised approximately $821,000 as the Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 2000. Howell ran against entrenched Democrat Ted Kennedy that year—- no easy task for a fiscal conservative in the Bay State. Impressively, Howell had 5,106 contributors and claimed more than 700 volunteers during that uphill campaign. Incredibly, she received an eye-opening 308,860 votes, or almost 12% of the vote, while nearly finishing ahead of Jack E. Robinson, her hapless Republican opponent, who received a dismal 13% of the vote. It was, I believe, the strongest third-party showing by a U.S. Senate candidate that year.

    According to her FEC reports, at this point in Howell’s Senate race, she had more than $51,000 in cash on hand and began a serious media blitz a few months later, spending several hundred thousand dollars on radio and television, including $68,977 in TV ads on WHDH-TV alone, one of Boston’s leading television stations. Her other major expenditures included $2,500 rent for her headquarters, consulting fees for a Las Vegas-based campaign fundraising firm headed by Mike Cloud, as well as $500 a week for a full-time staff member in Massachusetts. Carla really knew how to stretch a dollar—- and it nearly paid off!

    But you’re right, Allen. One shouldn’t compare a U.S. House race to a Senate race. It’s like comparing apples and oranges, especially since the Republican candidate in that race was so weak and raised less than $29,000 while spending less than $200,000 on his entire campaign.

  12. Allen Hacker Says:

    Thanks, Darcy,

    Yep, that helps as part of the picture. Now if anyone knows the top US Rep numbers….

    As for Carla Howell’s republican, his 13% is a testimonial to each party having its hardcore voters. You don’t have to reach out to them, and you probably can’t steal them. Might as well ignore them unless combining both sides of the megaparty they add up to more than 40% in the race. Then just run a paper candidate.


  13. undercover_ararchist Says:

    There was a Green congressional candidate in my state that raised a measley $10,000—but it was more than the Democrat and he was in the news all the time; both for statements he made, appearances, etc., plus the fact that he was raising money. Badnarik raised 20 times as much in 1/10 the time AND he is a former presidential candidate, but he can’t even come close to getting ANY attention. His campaign is a failure and a complete waste of all the hard-earned money people have donated to it (i.e. to Outback Steakhouse and Allen Hacker’s expense account). This effort is going to set back third party politics by 20 years. Good job, all involved!

  14. Chris Moore Says:

    UA, the election is in 8 months. Most people don’t care yet, so the media doesn’t care. McCaul and the democrats have received an equal share of no attention.

    Wait until November 8th or at least until the summer before spouting off about failure.

    And then run for congress yourself.

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