Broward County, Fla — Today, July 21, 2016, the Libertarian Party of Broward County (LPBroward) announced that it is endorsing Paul Stanton to be Florida’s next U.S. Senator. Stanton is running against Augustus Invictus in the Libertarian Party of Florida‘s first-ever U.S.Senate primary which will be held on August 30, 2016. LPBroward’s statement can be seen near the bottom of this article.
The winner of the Libertarian primary will face the Democratic and Republican primary winners in the general election on November 8, 2016. For the primary, the Republican choices include incumbent Marco Rubio, real estate developer Carlos Beruff, businessman Ernie Rivera, and sheriff deputy Dwight Young. Democrats will choose between businessman Rocky De La Fuente, Congressman Alan Grayson, Congressman Patrick Murphy, attorney Reginald Luster, and attorney Pam Keith.
The LPBroward feels that Stanton, instead of Invictus, is “the best candidate to oppose the main party candidates.” Stanton is the favorite with registered Libertarian voters in Florida based only on very little polling done in the Stanton-Invictus race. Republicans will likely vote in Rubio’s favor. And the Democrats are fighting mainly between Grayson and Murphy, with Murphy having a good lead. Although we were not able to find any three-way polling under a Libertarian-Republican-Democrat scenario, Rubio is the likely favorite from it all, come the November 8, 2016 general election. “Democrats made fun of Sen. Marco Rubio when he opted for a last-minute re-election bid in Florida, but he may be on the way to a last laugh, having quickly opened double-digit leads over both Democratic challengers,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac University Polling. But there is still plenty of time before the general election for any of the candidates to pull ahead of even Rubio; it is each candidate’s campaign to win it or lose it.
LPBroward issued this statement this morning:
After some consideration, the Libertarian Party of Broward County would like to endorse and pledge our full support to Paul Anthony Stanton in the upcoming August 30th primary to represent the Libertarian Party in November against the republican and democrat primary winner. We find Paul Stanton to be a breath of fresh air in what has been a very negative year for U.S. politics.
Stanton is an information technology specialist currently residing in Deland. He served 6 years of service and a tour of duty in Iraq, Stanton received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. As Senator, he promises to advance a principle of non-aggression, seeking to end the United States involvements in the Middle East and mitigating the harm we have already caused. Additionally, he advocates for an end to the “War on Drugs” and incarceration of users, and instead advocates for allowing easier access to treatment and education for those who are addicted. Stanton also has a strong stance against crony capitalism and strong ideas to help empower the poor.
Even before running for U.S. Senate Paul Stanton’s background of activism was very strong. He sued the Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana for the right to protest overly-invasive body scanners previously used in airports. He was also, the founding member of the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Students Against War organization.
It’s important during any election to have the right candidate deliver a message that will resonate with all voters. And without question, we find Paul Stanton’s message of peace, fiscal responsibility, and civil liberties to be not just what Broward County needs, but the state of Florida as well. It seems very clear now who the other nominees will be and the LPBroward feels Paul Stanton to be the best candidate to oppose the main party candidates.
ADDITION: After this article was published, we received word that the Northwest Florida Libertarian Party voted at their meeting last night to unanimously endorse Paul Stanton for U.S. Senate.