Let’s be honest. When most people think of Libertarian candidates, they picture nutjobs. Your local conspiracy theorist ranting against various American institutions doesn’t often rally voters, which is why there are so few elected Libertarians across the country, despite the party’s 45-year lifespan.
2016 might finally change all that. Libertarians are going from metaphorical lone gunmen to experienced leaders in very short order thanks to the likely presidential and vice presidential nominees.
Gary Johnson, the party’s frontronner and previous nominee, has announced his preference for his running mate, Bill Weld. Like Johnson himself, Weld is a former Republican governor of a deep blue state, Massachusetts. The two also share a proven fiscal conservative record despite governing in such hostile territory.
If Johnson and Weld do win their respective nominations at the Libertarian National Convention in just over a week, the party will be able to claim the most experienced ticket of any party in decades.
Weld’s resume is impressive enough on its own:
- House Judiciary Committee counsel during Watergate
- US Attorney, appointed by Reagan
- led Criminal Division of Justice Dept, promoted by Reagan
- two-term Governor of Massachusetts
- nominated for Ambassador to Mexico by Clinton, but withdrew over political opposition
- Libertarian nominee for Governor of New York