Hornberger for President… Again?

Jacob “Bumper” Hornberger is a controversial figure and an on-again, off-again 2000 Presidential candidate.

He is also the founder and President of the Future of Freedom Foundation. The FFF seeks to advance libertarian ideas “by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.”

In 2002, Hornberger was one of two independent candidates that appeared on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Virginia. No Democratic candidate qualified for the race, creating a 3-way contest between Senator John Warner, Lyndon Larouche-followerNancy Spannaus, and Hornberger. Finishing second, Spannaus polled 145,000 votes (10%) while Hornberger pulled in 106,000 votes (7%) for third.

Some folks now appear to be launching an effort to “draft” Mr. Hornberger back into electoral politics as a candidate for the LP’s Presidential nomination in 2008. The official press release follows:

Libertarian activists Mike Renzulli and Debbie Clark have started a campaign to draft Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob “Bumper” Hornberger to run for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination in 2008.

“Jacob’s name speaks for itself in and outside the libertarian movement,” campaign director Mike Renzulli said. “With the increasing alarm by the American population over the loss of civil liberties, along with the continuation of what has come to be widely regarded as an unlawful war and occupation in Iraq, the Libertarian Party needs a strong, principled candidate to offer to American voters. Jacob “Bumper” Hornberger has a consistent track record of contending for sound US foreign and domestic policy, for the rule of law, and for the principles of freedom that made this nation great. We believe that he is the person who can best fill that role.”

Prior to starting the “Draft Bumper” campaign, Renzulli had been in contact with Hornberger about the possibility of him running, but he has not returned phone calls or e-mails to him.

The campaign has launched a new website and Yahoo! group to build a groundswell of people who support drafting Bumper for president in 2008.

Hornberger made a last minute run for President in 2000, which may have hurt his reputation among some party activists.

He also backed the Arizona LP participating in the Presidential Preference Primary, even though the state party leadership declined to do so. Renzulli explained, “Despite what some people consider to be these flaws in judgment, we believe that Bumper should be given the benefit of the doubt.”

Renzulli went on to say, “I have met and talked with him on numerous occasions. Jacob is a fine gentleman and a scholar. I believe he would be the best choice for both the Libertarian Party and for America in 2008.”

People interested in learning more about Hornberger’s views, or assisting with the campaign to draft him as the LP candidate for president, can visit the “Draft Bumper for President in 2008 website at:

Contact Campaign Director Mike Renzulli at: [email protected] or his cell: 602-405-6668.

3 Responses to “Hornberger for President… Again?”

  1. Gene Berkman Says:

    Running candidates for President is a dead-end for Libertarians. We cannot compete with the resources of the pro-government parties, and the sound-bites from our candidates make us look kooky.

    At a local level, a Libertarian can take a principled stand, and people will listen to someone in their community. A Libertarian running for President can say something mainstream, and it will be taken out of context.

    Jacob Hornberger does a good job with the Future of Freedom Foundation and should stick with it.

  2. George Phillies Says:

    Every major election, every libertarian needs to have at least one way to Vote Libertarian. Absent that opportunity, party support will wither. On-ballot Federal and statewide campaigns, except in the most difficult circumstances, or circumstances in which they will negatively impact other ballot access as seen in Massachusetts, are an important positive part of party development.

  3. reader Says:

    As of July 24, the Draft Bumper campaign is suspended at the request of Bumper.

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