The Libertarian candidate for Attorney General, Steve Linnabary, has now endorsed the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, David Pepper, after the Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, kicked him off the ballot earlier this year.
Husted also kicked Libertarian candidate for governor Charlie Earl off the ballot, because Fk democracy, apparently.
“Libertarians in Ohio have been targeted repeatedly by the powerful GOP machine. We’ve learned that they can’t be trusted to fairly and evenhandedly administer the law,” Linnabary said. “I believe David Pepper is a man of integrity and common sense. His term in the Attorney General’s office will give all Ohio Libertarians hope that he will put rampant partisanship behind us and serve the interests of all Ohioans.”
Some background, via the Pepper camp: “In 2013, the GOP-controlled General Assembly changed signature requirements for Libertarians, an unconstitutional law that was later overturned by federal courts. In 2014, Secretary Husted targeted Libertarian candidates for removal from the ballot. Brad Smith, the hearing officer assigned to the case by Husted, was simultaneously serving as an attorney for Mike DeWine, a fact he failed to disclose.”
The Libertarian Party has challenged Husted’s actions in federal court. And no doubt, Nov. 4, Libertarians will be happy to pay it back to Husted by voting for Libertarian Kevin Knedler for Ohio Secretary of State. That, of course, should help Democrat Nina Turner.
So while Husted couldn’t protect his own flank, he was all too pleased to use the levers of state power to politically subsidize the structural advantages of Gov. John Kasich and AG Mike DeWine while denying open, democratic choice to the people of Ohio.
Way to go, Boss Husted, the obvious rigging of political power structures across our country and the systematic dismantling of true democracy in our Republic hasn’t quite made Americans hopeless and frustrated enough. You’re a doll.
David DeWitt is a journalist and universal minister based out of Athens, Ohio. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He can be found on Twitter @TheRevDeWitt.
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