Should Austin Petersen run as a Federalist?

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 – – 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.

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?

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  • Jose Leyva 09 / 01 / 2017

    Hi JD,

    Peterson seems to be a potential Federalist. But I think we must vet all potential Federalist. I am from NC and I think we have a rock solid Federalist in our state his name is Greg Brannon. He knows the Constitution inside and out. He has run on several Republican tickets already but has not gained any Traction because his votes have been split amongst so called conservatives. I think we should also look into Greg Brannon. Here is his facebook page.

  • Phil p 10 / 01 / 2017

    Heard Peterson on several radio interviews. Had he gotten the nomination, he would have had my vote.
    PS-social issues are election losers. Focus on that instead of adherence to Constitution and we can fight for 4th with the Greens every election.

  • Ben G. 10 / 01 / 2017

    I was shocked when Johnson got the nomination over him. It was the Libertarian Party’s first real chance at legitimacy and they blew it. Petersen would be a great candidate. Keep Ben Shapiro in mind for the future as well……

  • Jim H. 13 / 01 / 2017

    Austin Petersen said during the 2016 campaign that those who oppose gay marriage “have hate in their hearts.” Also, he said that pro-lifers want to put “tracking bracelets” on pregnant women. He openly admits that although he is fiscally conservative, he is socially liberal.

    Frankly, I do not know how he could honestly be a part of the Federalist Party or that we would want him. Here are the references for Petersen’s statements:

    His Facebook post on or around May 12, 2016:
    Austin Petersen took to his own Facebook page to write:
    Many conservatives are upset that I will not create an authoritarian government to stop abortions, and that I do not agree with their position on gay marriage. That’s disappointing, but to be expected as I am not conservative in any way other than fiscally. We’ll build a coalition of people who want adherence to free markets, limited government, and the constitution. However, I will not preach a message of hate, exclusion, or discrimination. I won’t use the government to stop you from doing so. I may disagree with what you have to say, but I defend to the death your right to say it. I’m pro-life, pro-guns, pro-drug legalization, pro-gay marriage, and pro freedom. Libertarian. Not conservative.

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