I am a longstanding, well known progressive. Richard Winger is a longstanding, reknown libertarian. Over the years he has published Ballot Access News and has become universally known as a ballot access expert and a legend in the libertarian community. I have seen him called Sir Richard, even Saint Richard! I share this respect for him.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Winger and I have had a longstanding email conversation. Last year we discussed the governors races in NJ and VA. He explained the ballot access situation to me e.g. there was no Green candidate in VA. I wrote back with a detailed PLAS campaign for all candidates for 2013. I asked for his endorsement of PLAS and to try to get the candidates to try it. He hesitated but ultimately declined.
He mentioned more than once his reputation. Evidently for him to be so closely associated with PLAS-and me, would be risky for him. Besides he was preoccupied with the new menace-Top Two. I suggested PLAS as a solution to Top Two. No, there were other ideas for combatting Top Two. And that ended that conversation.
So now I propose that it might not be necessary for Winger to endorse PLAS. Just support the notion that it deserves a fair try. That try could be the 2014 elections. I propose that Winger and I colaborate on all ballots in 2014. Then ask the candidates to follow our recommendations. We would also ask the 2 parties to follow our recommendations. I know Winger is often frustrated by the parties not listening to him. I am hopeful but skeptical that the 2 parties will liosten to us. But it is worth a fair try.
A number of victories in 2014 would set the stage for a near complete sweep out of all the democrats and republicans in 2016. Generally, replace the democrat with a Green, replace the republican with Libertarian. Many but not all ballots will be contested in 2014.
I call on everyone to urge Richard Winger to join me in such a colaborative effort.