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05-21-2016, 02:50 PM
Libertarian-Leaning Congressman Has Advice for Disappointed Voters in ‘Liberty Movement’: ‘Don’t Check Out of the Republican Party’

Kaitlyn Schallhorn
May. 16, 2016 3:23pm

Voters in the so-called “liberty movement” needn’t abandon the Republican Party just yet, a popular libertarian-leaning congressman has advised.

Self-proclaimed constitutional conservative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) spent some time this blustery winter in Iowa as he stumped for fellow Kentuckian Sen. Rand Paul during Paul’s quest to secure the Republican presidential nomination. Much to the disappointment of his ardent libertarian and conservative following, the senator suspended his campaign in February, and Manhattan businessman Donald Trump has become the party’s presumptive nominee.

But according to Massie, now is not the time for his fellow small-government advocates in the GOP to jump ship.

“The advice I give people is: don’t check out of the Republican Party,” Massie said in an interview with TheBlaze. “For the most part, the members of the liberty movement who decided to apply themselves in political office or through political activism have done it through the Republican Party.”

“So I say, ‘OK our guy did not win the presidential nomination, but there are a lot of congressional seats and a lot of Senate seats that you can get involved in,’” Massie continued.

And Massie’s advice isn’t empty: He recounted his time working on conservative Indiana state Sen. Jim Banks’ May congressional primary — a primary that Banks won by only 2.8 percentage points.


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