Libertarian to file in Senate race

Harrodsburg police officer David Patterson expected to have 5,700 verified signatures

By Kevin Wheatley, Published:

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky will put its candidate on the U.S. Senate ballot today after verifying some 5,500 petition signatures last week, party Chairman Ken Moellman says.

Moellman expects candidate David Patterson, a Harrodsburg police officer, will have nearly 5,700 verified signatures once he files the petition 2 p.m. today with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who coincidentally is one of his opponents this fall.

Third-party candidates must solicit 5,000 signatures in Kentucky to get on the ballot, and Moellman says Patterson’s campaign has collected about 9,000 raw signatures, costing the party more than $17,000.

While third-party contenders have fared poorly in statewide election, Moellman says he hopes Patterson’s candidacy will shift focus toward substantive issues rather than attacks between U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Grimes, a Democrat.

“I think that both campaigns at this point are basically running against each other. In other words, they’re not running for the office, they’re running against the other person,” Moellman said in a phone interview Friday.

“Nobody’s really talking about tough issues. They’ve touched on the coal stuff, which is important. Make no mistake, eastern Kentucky coal is very important, but that touches only one piece of the state.

“I’m from northern Kentucky, right, so we’ve got a bridge that needs to be replaced. I have to ask the question, where did all that fuel tax money go? I mean, they talk about the number of cars across that bridge every day. Well, that’s a lot of gas. Where’d the fuel tax go?”

Moellman concedes mounting a campaign against two major-party candidates and outside interest groups that will dump millions into the race as Election Day nears. Still, he believes Patterson will appeal to disaffected voters who support neither McConnell nor Grimes.

He cites an April poll of 1,000 likely voters by Rasmussen Reports showing 53 percent believe neither major party represents the American public. What’s more, a Bluegrass Poll commissioned by four Kentucky news outlets shows Patterson gaining 7 percent support among 604 likely voters, cutting into the percentages of both McConnell and Grimes in a head-to-head contest.

“From a numbers perspective anything is possible,” Moellman said. “Obviously polling at 7 percent right now, that’s not too bad considering his name recognition is relatively low.”

“I think that there’s a lot of anger and disgust with both of the old parties out there in general, and I don’t know. Anything can happen. When you’re eight years into a recession, anything can happen.”

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  • I think that I will send Mr. Patterson some money...in fact, EVERYONE who wants to ditch Mitch should send Patterson a political donation.

  • “I think that there’s a lot of anger and disgust with both of the old parties out there in general, and I don’t know. Anything can happen. When you’re eight years into a recession, anything can happen.”

    Mr. Moellman doesn't know what he is talking about...which is typical Republican mispeak.  The facts indicate that our economy is consistently growing, even though the income disparity isn't sending much of those record profits to the middle class...but that ain't the Democrat's fault, it is the Do-Nothing Congress led by the Tea Party Branch of the Republican Party and 30 year Senator Mitch McConnell. The stock market is at record highs after being at record lows during the Bush Administration...which according to history is always the case under Republican administrations.

    According the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (the official arbiter of U.S. recessions) the Great Recession began in December 2007and ended in June 2009, and thus spanned over 18 months. 

    We hear a lot about this fictional liberal land under President Obama, where job creation was killed by Obamacare and liberal ideas have destroyed the country. Reality, of course, is quite different. In fact, reality is almost the exact opposite. For Bush’s entire 8 years, job growth was just 1.1 million. Yet under Obama, the private sector has had 54 straight months of private sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs.The effects of this Bush era economic downturn are having a continued influence into 2014, plus the Do_Nothing Congress isn't doing anything to help, but it isn't near a recession.  

    This matters because we hear a lot from Republicans about how Obama is killing jobs. However, Rick Newman pointed out in January of 2013 for US News that in Bush’s first term, he created zero job growth, even before the Bush recession. “When Bush began his first term in January 2001, total nonfarm employment was 132.47 million. When his second term began four years later, it was 132.45 million, or effectively zero job growth.”

     

  • Glad to see Mr. Patterson in there to represent the Libertarian branch of the Republican Party.  This is going to be a very close election and those 9,000 folks who signed the petition will obviously not be voting for Mitch McConnell, which is a good thing...and 7% could easily swing it.