Libertarian Monds hopes for surprise
By: Andy Johns
Though Republicans and Democrats catch almost all of the headlines, John Monds, the libertarian candidate in the Georgia governor, sees factors lining up so his party can make a historic run this fall.
The tea party movement’s small government ideas are lining up with libertarians’ philosophies at the same time political experts are observing an anti-incumbent sentiment spreading around the nation, Monds said.
Both could be good news for Monds, who in a 2008 bid for Georgia public service commissioner, became the state’s first libertarian candidate to net 1 million votes.
“I think we’re really going to surprise a lot of people with how well we do in this election,” said Monds, a 45-year-old stay-at-home dad from Cairo, Ga.
His “highest expectation” is to win the election, but if that doesn’t happen, Monds said he hopes for 34 percent so he can get in a runoff. At the very least, he hopes for 20 percent of the votes, which would give the libertarians official party status in the Georgia.
The 20 percent threshold is “a doable number,” Monds said.
Ken Ellinger, a professor of political science at Dalton State College, said the tea party and anti-incumbent feelings may help, but he expects Monds to fall well short of his goals.
“All of those (percentages) are pipe dreams that bear no semblance to reality — it’s not going to happen,” Ellinger said. “Instead of their historical 1 or 2 or 3 percent maybe they get four or five.”…
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