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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 06:29 AM
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Libertarians see shot at DeLay seat
ans see shot at DeLay seat ...

Libertarian Party officials say the problems facing Republicans in former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's Texas district have created "the perfect storm" that could give their party its first victory in a congressional race.
Libertarian candidate Bob Smither got a boost yesterday when he was endorsed by former Rep. Bob Barr, a conservative Georgia Republican.
"In light of the less-than-conservative agenda that the Republicans in Congress have pursued, I'm delighted to support a Libertarian candidate, Bob Smither, who I think will most definitely stick to his small-government philosophy," Mr. Barr said yesterday in a telephone interview from his Atlanta law office. "I don't see him going to Washington and voting for bigger government the way so many Republicans have done."
A former federal prosecutor who gained national prominence in 1998 as one of the House Republicans chosen to present the impeachment case against President Clinton, Mr. Barr said the "unique situation" in the race caused him to back the Libertarian candidate.
Though Texas' 22nd District is strongly conservative -- Mr. DeLay got 55 percent of the vote in 2004 and 63 percent in 2002 -- the Republican Party removed its line from the ballot after courts ruled that it could not substitute another candidate for Mr. DeLay, who resigned from Congress under a cloud of scandal in June.
That leaves Mr. Smither, the Libertarian, as the only name on the ballot against the Democratic candidate, former Rep. Nick Lampson. Republicans say they will unite to support a write-in candidate. But Mr. Barr said that because "it's very unlikely that a write-in candidate can win," backing Mr. Smither is the best hope of ensuring that the district "continues to be represented by a conservative."

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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 08:23 AM
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1. Perfect storm?
Edited on Thu Aug-17-06 08:23 AM by NoPasaran
Sounds more like "perfect delusion" to me.
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