There is a lot of crossover between the Federalist Party and the Libertarian Party. They have the advantage of age and size. We have the advantage of velocity and a cohesive strategy to win elections. It’s natural to consider Libertarians as potential members… and candidates.
Over the last few days, I’ve had a flurry of requests asking me to reach out to Austin Petersen, a former Libertarian Presidential candidate who lost to Gary Johnson at the convention. Petersen is young and talented and seems to share many of the small-government principles that drive Federalists. Should we “pitch” him on the idea of leaving the Libertarian Party to run for Senate in 2018 as a Federalist?
Feel free to leave comments below, email me directly – firstname.lastname@example.org – or answer our Twitter poll. This is obviously NOT a scientific exploration. I just want to see if it’s time to open up dialogue.
— Federalist Party (@Federalists_USA) January 9, 2017
Our goal is to present the most principled, disciplined, and patriotic candidates on the ballot. To beat the two-party system, we’ll need to win elections at every level. Having some early wins next year in the Senate and House would position us nicely for even bigger victories in 2020. Is Petersen someone we need to recruit?