Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta a Press Club hosted the U.S. Senate debates. Sunday October 26, 2014
OZY.com takes a look at the man behind the Libertarian Party of Georgia. We are proud to have Doug Craig as chairman of this movement.
Or rather, his warehouse. This sheet-metal manufacturing plant in Atlanta’s poor, urban Southside might seem like a strange place to find the architect of a third-party uprising, a spoiler of potentially national proportions. Yet here is Craig, wearing a black “Freedom” T-shirt hastily tucked into cargo shorts, warning me to avoid the close-by glass shards from a shattered television.
“I didn’t think of dressing up,” he says against the backdrop of whirrs and clangs and booms. “I’ve never been the type of politician to wear a suit and tie anyway.”
As the first-year chairman of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, Craig is understated: a portly man with an easy air and a large goatee. But he shouldn’t be underestimated. This year he’s anointed two candidates who stand a fair chance of spoiling two high-profile races and turning Georgia into a high-stakes battleground. Now, no one expects Andrew Hunt to become Georgia’s next governor, or Amanda Swafford to make it to the U.S. Senate. But should they live up to their poll numbers — between five and seven percent, regularly — they’ll likely force runoffs. (In Georgia, statewide races go into overtime if one candidate doesn’t capture 50 percent of the vote.)
From TIME.com: Libertarian Amanda Swafford considers forcing a Jan. 6 run-off in the Peach State’s Senate race a victory for third party candidates everywhere.
There is a nightmare scenario that keeps most politicos working on both sides of the aisle up at night: after the midterm elections, and even through the anticipated Dec. 6 run off in Louisiana, control of the Senate likely won’t be decided until Jan. 6, the date a run-off in Georgia will take place, if any one candidate fails to muster 50% of the vote. It is this scenario that Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford, who regularly pulls 5% in most polls, relishes. READ MORE >>>
PolitiFact Georgia says Libertarian candidate Jeff Amason’s budget increase claims are true.
Libertarian candidate for governor Andrew Hunt spoke Monday to the Politically Incorrect Club at the University of North Georgia, outlining his platform as a third-party candidate.
Hunt is running against Democrat Jason Carter and incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
Hunt gave students a lesson in the hurdles the Libertarian Party of Georgia faces each election cycle because it lacks full ballot access.
He said if the party can bring in 20 percent of the vote in the governor’s race, the party will get that access, which would help with fundraising and recruiting candidate.
Hunt described Libertarians as small-government advocates bent on expanding personal freedoms, a position that puts the party in line with Republicans on some issues and Democrats on others.