Austin political activist Wes Benedict will take over as the executive director for the National Libertarian Party today.
Benedict previously served as the director for the Libertarian Party of Texas from 2004 to 2008 and has run for Austin City Council three times.
He makes the move to Washington following Libertarian Bob Barr’s presidential campaign in which Barr garnered 523,686 votes, according to the Federal Election Commission. The result was the second-most by a third-party candidate in the 2008 election as well as a Libertarian Party record.
Although this accounted for only 0.4 percent of the vote, it was seen as a success by third-party voters who hope that taking votes from the two major parties will force people to consider their issues, said Rock Howard, the Travis County Libertarian Party chair.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wes Benedict new executive director of National Libertarian Party
I thought this would make more news than it did, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised, from the Daily Texan: