Mike Gravel may have some competition! The presidential candidate, who yesterday ditched the Democrats for the Libertarian party, will now have to face off against former Congressman Bob Barr.
Georgian-based Barr told voters that he’s “very seriously considering” throwing his name into the ring:
There’s been a tremendous expressed to me both directly and indirectly on the Internet. I take that support very seriously, and I think it also reflects a great deal of dissatisfaction with the current candidates and the current two-party system. So it is something, to be honest with you, that I’m looking very seriously at.
The move’s a bit of a queer decision for former Republican Barr…
The Libertarian party’s relatively gay friendly, preferring to leave people’s private lives private, something that’s never been Barr’s strong suit: he sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act. That law, of course, prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.
Perhaps Barr’s simply not well versed on the Libertarian principles: “As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty…We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world.”
Barr’s potential candidacy may seem insignificant, but the kids at Gay News Watch make a valid point: he may siphon some conservatives away from John McCain. While that may be the case, it seems to us that the Libertarians are more inclined to vote for someone like Gravel, who’s never made a secret of his gay-friendly ways.