Skip to comments.The spoiler who could deliver NC Senate seat to Kay Hagan
Posted on 07/07/2014 6:20:37 AM PDT by cotton1706
By all rights, the GOP should easily pick up the North Carolina Senate seat currently held by Kay Hagan. Except:
Most evenings, Sean Haugh is a pizza deliveryman.
But every other week or so, the Libertarian Partys Senate nominee in North Carolina opens a few craft beers on the counter of the bar in his campaign managers basement. He takes deep gulps from a pint glass bearing an image of Austrian-school economist Murray Rothbard and expresses his Everyman frustrations with the current political system into a video camera.
So far, Haughs campaign barely exists anywhere but on YouTube. But it is doing surprisingly well in a high-stakes Senate contest in which candidates and outside groups have already spent more than $15 million.
Four polls lately put his support somewhere between 8 and 11 percent not enough to suggest a realistic possibility of winning, but conceivably enough to affect the outcome of the race. The same surveys show the margin between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her GOP challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, at six points or less.
When I see a candidate who claims to be for small government but whose candidacy will hand a Senate seat to someone who will vote for Harry Reid as Majority Leader, I see red. Its time for people to denounce Haugh as the spoiler and egotist he is.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
I’d like to see the money trail between this hack and Hagan’s campaign.
Cut that by 3 - most cases people say will vote for 3rd party candidates
When time comes either fail to vote or vote for one of the major party
Lucky if gets more that 3 per assuming doesnt self destreuct as prone to do ........
If the money trail for this guy is anything like the Libertarian Candidate that gave the Virginia Governors race to the Democrat loook for a Soros Connected rich donor from Texas.
Didn’t this guy get the memo that only members of the Washington Uniparty are allowed in the race? How dare this peon run in the race! If he does, it won’t be the GOP stooge’s fault when he loses, it’ll be this guy who just doesn’t know his place. Sheesh! The nerve of some people!
Expect to see Dem money flowing to this guy. When will we learn that the GOP needs to fund Progressive Kooks to run in our elections to split the Dem vote. Fire with Fire. Ya Think?
Libtardians and Demonrats play for the same team, always have and always will.
Their only difference on issues was legalized pot. Which only confirms my suspicion that Losertarians smoke way too much.
No doubt he’s probably being funded by Soros.
This just doesn’t pass the ‘smell’ test. This can’t be for real can it? A pizza delivery guy?!
This is bad, but in South Carolina is having a new Independent who is tea party going after Linda Graham so that might allow us to finally get rid of that jerk. Sometimes Independent candidates do help. I continue to thank Nader daily for his contribution to our electing George W. Bush.
Now the republicans openly attack conservatives. If smaller, less intrusive government is the goal, we need people running on small government.
Calling potential allies Libtardians is a great way to make friends and influence people.
This just doesnt pass the smell test. This cant be for real can it? A pizza delivery guy?!
Well in all fairness, we did have our plumber.
Doesn't sound like there is one. If his campaign consists of You Tube videos then that's about as bare-bones as you can be.
But in a tight race 3 or 4 percent can be the deciding factor. Look at Florida in the 2000 presidential election. Nader took 1.6% of the vote and handed the state, and the presidency, to Bush.
“Calling potential allies Libtardians is a great way to make friends and influence people.”
They are allies of the Demonrats and no one else.
How many Libtardians are there elected to congress, house and senate? Zero?
If they never get elected to anything, what is their purpose?
What would your advice be: Hagan, Tillis, or Haugh? What should conservatives do in cases like this and how does it fit into a strategy for conservatives to gain power in both the Republican Party (or whatever conservative party replaces it) and the national government?
You beat me to it...”doing surprisingly well” is media-speak for having just enough money to do events and limited advertising to keep a candidate’s name in front of the voters, and siphon off GOP votes.
Incidentally, that “libertarian” in Virginia is at it again; Robert Sarvis has collected enough signatures to get his name on the Senate ballot in November, along with incumbent ‘rat Mark Warner and GOP challenger Ed Gillespie. Sarvis is listed as an “attorney, businessman and software developer,” but I have yet to see any evidence as to how he supports himself—other than the Soros money machine.
Name calling is the tactic of a progressive.
Do the initials...’kiss my a$$’ mean anything to you?
He didn’t get elected as a Libtardian, and that wasn’t House or Senate.
You are batting zero, even your straw men are striking out.
What is their purpose?
Well, I disagree 100% with “Easily” but it is a pickup opportunity. But some number pretty close to 45-49% want Hagen. Add to that that the GOPe is blowing it here and, well . . . this is a 50/50 pickup like the Senate.
Isn’t the real story in this race how bad the GOP-E candidate is doing against Hagen, who I thought was toast.
Got that right, Scott...
I think we’ve seen this movie before....
So basically if the GOPers had given up on prohibition 2.0 they would have won the election? They must really love the nanny state and jack boots if they are willing to lose elections over them.
Wow. Nice civil chat. Not.
Reason 843 why Republicans can suck my big ten inch.
(c'mon beagle, get your lips right up against it)
Same as my advice always is.
And if no-one matches that, leave that line blank.
I’m not aware that Mrs. Love advocated any jack-booted enforcement of marijuana laws. She was just unwilling to sign on to a petition which would allow potheads to, among other things, cruise the highways and byways stoned as if it were some kind of inalienable right like the 2nd amendment.
Calling libertarians allies is a bigger mistake.
Libertarians are RUINING this country along with the Democrats!!!! Are the Democrats PAYING this creep to run?? PROBABLY!
Reason 844 why Conservatives reject Libertarians, they are crude and rude.
Washington State issued their first pot store license today, go there for a friendly chat.
Just like McAwful.
War on Women
Fund a libertarian to bleed R votes
Win with a Clintonian plurality.
Maybe the Koch Bros need to be sending laundered bucks to all the left wing whacko candidates in close races.
NC has a 40%+1 rule, which means Kay Hagan can win by splitting the nonliberal vote. She couldn't in a 50%+1 rule.
In the Indiana senate race in 2012 the libertarian got 5.7%.
“Obama Joe” Donnelly won with the fabled “Clintonian plurality”
I doubt that a petition was the only factor causing her to lose support of libertarians but rather her (percieved or real) support of the status quo. There is a pot addled basement dweller constituency for Libertarian candidates who care about such petitions but they are votes taken from the Dem candidate. Republicans are losing principled small government libertarians sick of nanny staters on the right as well as the left.
May I suggest swat-teaming a baby, or shooting someone's dog in the meantime.
Remember; nice people swallow.
I see that as a way of expressing your sentiments, but not as a way of gaining and exercising political power. If Hagan wins, we lose as she will vote for Reid as leader of the Democrats and may well be the seat that decides the control of the Senate. A vote for Haugh is the same as a blank ballot, neither candidate can win. A vote for Tillis could go either way. He could be a Hagan in trousers with an “R” by his or he could be like many politicians and ride along with the conservative wave.
Conservatives brought this dilemma upon themselves by letting whoever wanted to run go up against Tillis, giving him an unearned run. We have to learn how to cull the herd early so we don’t end up diluting our vote. We also need to learn how to win elections. I don’t see much evidence of that happening.
This isn't going to be turned around in one election.
I'm in NC, and I pay attention to politics.
I've never heard of this guy. This article smells trollish. Maybe not the person who posted it....but certainly the author.
I disagree. Libertarians are not republicans. Republicans aren't even conservatives anymore, so many social conservatives stay away from Republicans. (That will happen in Mississippi.)
Let each man vote the way he sees it. His vote is his vote.
Being really honest: no one knows what the hell the republican party stands for anymore. They do everything from claim conservatives are racist to clamoring for a border fence. When out of power, they talk...and talk...and talk... When in power, they spend...and spend...and spend...
With conservatives deciding to sit on the sidelines, it will be many, many elections before things turn around.
Liberal republicans must be destroyed at the primary or in the general election.
No. It's more fun to attack libertarians than take a look at why your candidate isn't providing people a reason to vote for him.
It wasn’t the Libertarian that was the problem, it was the disgruntled Lugarite RINOs who voted for Donnelly.
True to an extent, and Murdoch sh!t in his messkit in the debate.
Bottom line, another lost Senate seat for 6 long years.
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