This weekend, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis offered his thoughts and thanks to his staff, volunteers, and supporters. Although, as Sarvis pointed out in his letter, in the early stages some activists declared that the Sarvis vote total would amount to very little, he managed to make waves by capturing a much higher percentage than any previous statewide Libertarian candidate.
Also, I appreciated the fact that the Sarvis campaign was issue driven, remaining remarkably positive in one of the ugliest brawls between the Republican and Democratic candidates that I had ever witnessed. The efforts of the Libertarian stood in stark contrast, which likely improved his standing among disgusted and disillusioned voters.
Yes, it is tempting, especially for those limited government conservatives, to wish failure upon our new governor. After all, most of us did not vote for him. However, Sarvis gets it right when he declares, “as I said in my Election Night speech, we must do our duty to support him [McAuliffe] as our Governor to move public policy in the right direction. We should rally behind him when he is doing what we agree is right, and we must be constructive in our criticism when we believe his actions or decisions are ill-advised.” At the end of the day, we must remember that we are all Virginians, first and foremost.
Lastly, I must say that I appreciated being recognized by Mr. Sarvis alongside so many good liberty-minded folks across our great state. It was an interesting adventure and I look forward to hearing what the future has in store for Robert Sarvis.
If you didn’t click on the link above, you can find the full text of Robert Sarvis’ letter here.