Bill Weld Hosts GOP Fundraiser

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Former Libertarian Party Vice-President Candidate Bill Weld assisted in a fundraiser supporting Republican Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Some Libertarians felt that this was a betrayal from Weld who is a lifetime member of the party, while others don’t see an issue with it.

In defense of Weld, the Jack News stated “Governor Weld’s friendship and support for Baker has never been a secret. After all, Baker served in two different cabinet positions during Weld’s own governorship.”

It was also expressed by the former governor at the 2016 Libertarian convention that he would “continue to support […] other candidates as he saw fit regardless of party affiliation […].”

This support also has been demonstrated recently with Weld donating $1000 to 2018 Democratic House of Representatives candidate, Dan Koh.

Weld already has a rocky relationship with the Libertarian party after praising Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race and overall being accused of not being libertarian enough. The Liberty Conservative recently went so far to say “The plague known as Bill Weld is not leaving the libertarian movement, as Koch-funded organizations will never stop pushing this milquetoast centrist despite Weld having no national appeal and not being well-received outside of backroom meetings with big money donors.”

Truthfully, it’s up to each libertarian to decide whether it is important if Bill Weld’s supporting of candidates who are not members of the Libertarian Party is a betrayal or a demonstration of placing principles over party. Weld’s name has been thrown around for a 2020 presidential candidate and his recent actions will surely be a topic of debate should he run

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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