Having been invited on Facebook by Steve Wesolick to attend the Republican Ambassadors luncheon at the Holiday Inn today, I attended.
Rich Sattgast, Jason Gant, Dusty Johnson and Jarrod Johnson, statewide candidates for Treasurer, Sec. of State, PUC, and School and Public Lands, respectively, used most of their 5 minutes to emphasize how important it is to get out the vote for Kristi.
This suggests a couple of things to me. First, each of these candidates probably feels comfortable in his race, and I agree with that assessment. Any increase in voter turnout for Kristi will also be an increase in voter turnout for any of these candidates. Second, I sensed a bit of worry that Kristi might be losing.
Jason Gant was the only candidate who proposed a specific policy plank. He thinks a photo ID is a necessary part of a voter's gear at the polls. He said, "We want to avoid being an Ohio or Florida in a future election." The suggestion was that Democrats attempted to cheat the nation of President Bush in Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000. My suspicions lie in a different direction in those two elections.
I wore a sport coat full of YES on 13 buttons. It was a little like I had leprosy. No one was mean, but no one really wanted me hangin' near 'em, either. In the old days, I used to regularly experience offers to have the shit beat out of me. We Libertarians are changing the face of the Republican Party. Kinder. Gentler.