Drew Cline: A Libertarian plays devil's advocate in U.S. Senate race
A few years ago, Goldsmith, who had a reputation among his friends for coming up with great Halloween costumes, was invited to a Halloween party in Pinardville. He did not have time to do an elaborate costume, so he threw one together: red makeup, a cape, pretty easy. He went as Satan. Then he and a friend wound up at the wrong party.
A friend took a photo of him in that costume, and he has used it as his Facebook profile pic and Twitter avatar for a long time. Last week Goldsmith, not in costume, crashed another party. He filed to run for U.S. Senate as the Libertarian candidate.
“My goal is to spread the word. It’s to educate people about long-lost principles that are not being espoused in the Democratic and Republican Party establishments.”
“They hate the Libertarians because they fear we’ll take their votes,” he said.
That leaves independents, Libertarians and Democrats. If Democrats wanted to throw a monkey wrench into the election, they could easily organize enough signatures to get Goldsmith on the ballot, which could help Jeanne Shaheen in what is expected to be a Republican year. And that would be a great New Hampshire political irony. Goldsmith cut his teeth in New Hampshire politics by antagonizing Shaheen.
If Goldsmith did get on the ballot, he might get into the candidate debates.
“The Democrats would be wise to get me on the ballot, but ironically, if I get into one of those debates I’m going to tear Jeanne Shaheen to shreds, metaphorically,” he said.
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