For Immediate Release
Libertarian Booster PAC vows revenge against Texas Republicans
AUSTIN - November 18, 2019 - The Libertarian Booster PAC is recruiting Libertarian candidates to run against the ten weakest Republicans in the Texas House. The PAC is offering to help pay their filing fees.
PAC president Wes Benedict commented, "This is revenge for House Bill 2504, which Republicans passed this year. It imposed massive filing fees in order to push out Libertarian candidates.
"The Republicans want us off the ballot. Well, we want them out of the Texas House. We don't have the funds to run lots of Texas House candidates, so we're specifically targeting districts with vulnerable Republican incumbents.
"I'm fine with Democrats taking over the Texas House, because divided government is usually less harmful than one-party rule.
"The Republicans are running scared. They're using every trick in the book to protect their seats. House Bill 2504 was crafted to do two things: kick most Libertarians out of the 2020 election, and also bring a few Green Party candidates back in. The way Republicans see it, both of those changes will help them."
These are the ten Republican Texas House districts being targeted by the Libertarian Booster PAC:
Benedict added, "In 2019, Texas Republicans grew state spending and blocked marijuana legalization. Instead of using the examples of Venezuela and Hong Kong to educate the public on the importance of the Second Amendment, they've gotten squishy by supporting red flag laws. Instead of espousing the benefits of free markets and free trade, they've used their bully pulpit to focus on anti-immigrant rhetoric. Most recent immigrants are hardworking people who came here to escape the bad government policies of their home countries.
"Libertarians historically have received high vote percentages in Latino strongholds like San Antionio and El Paso, perhaps from Latinos who see the Republican brand as toxic and racist. In recent general elections, Libertarians have run around 100 candidates for offices all across Texas. The new filing fees have forced us to focus."
Wes Benedict, Libertarian Booster PAC president