Libertarian won’t quit governor race PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 21 March 2014 09:58
Charlie Earl discussing his removal from the ballot for the Ohio governor's race via a secretary of state ruling. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A day after a federal judge upheld a ruling removing him from the ballot, Bowling Green's gubernatorial candidate met with a core of hometown supporters.
Speaking to a small group at Stimmel's Market on Thursday, Charlie Earl of rural BG explained the circumstances behind the decision, which first came from an elections official and was subsequently upheld by the secretary of state and a judge in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Earl, a Libertarian who is a former Republican state representative, immediately appealed the most recent ruling, which is based on several signature-gatherers who did not properly disclose their employers.
Surrounding Earl's ballot status is conflict between the two dominant political parties. Republicans have accused Democrats of supporting Earl because of his potential to draw votes from incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich, and Democrats have claimed Republicans are behind challenges to Earl's petitions because they fear the same effect.
Earl said he's not dismayed about the rulings thus far, and he agrees that not listing employers was incorrect by the letter of the law, even if they're independent contractors. But he said the law should be uniformly enforced.
He disagreed with the claim that he, as a Libertarian candidate, would draw heavily from Kasich's support, instead suggesting that the influence on the two major parties can shift both Democrats and Republicans, depending on which is more prevalent in a particular state.
Earl stopped short of saying he's optimistic of the appeal's chances, but he suggested a Supreme Court intervention would be a possibility if it's unsuccessful.
"I'm really clueless about how this is going to turn out. I'll leave that up to the legal beagles and I'll just keep on keepin' on until they tell me to stop," Earl said.
"I've read more law in the last two months than I ever want to read in the rest of my life."
Whether or not he appears on the ballot in Ohio, Earl put bluntly his prediction for November's election.
"Do I expect to win? No," he said.
Rather, it's about using the platform to talk about a smaller, constitutional government.
"I'm challenging the system - that sounds so 60s ... but that's the best vehicle we have for getting the message out."
Earl's talk to supporters, in addition to explaining the latest circumstances surrounding his campaign, centered around issues of too much government, the inefficacy of career politicians, and lack of independence of states from the federal government. As an example, he mentioned highway budgets which are supported by federal funding that comes with stipulation on regulations like speed limits and the blood-alcohol content threshold for drunk-driving offenses.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 11:07

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