Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 11:58am.

Mike Gravel is one guttsy guy!  I'm glad he stayed in the race!  It's a damn shame the way our corrupt election process works, all of the good guys finish last... by design. ~ SadInAmerica

I just got off the phone with Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory and he confirms the following information: Former US Senator and Alaska House Speaker Mike Gravel has joined the Libertarian Party. Cory says he'll provide more in a media release to be expected over the next few hours.

Gravel is currently one of the Democratic contenders for president. Wikipedia provides a bit of Gravel's colorful background:

As Senator, Gravel became nationally known for his forceful but unsuccessful attempts to end the draft during the Vietnam War and for having put the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971 despite risk to himself. He conducted an unusual campaign for the Democratic nomination for Vice President of the United States in 1972, and then played a crucial role in getting Congressional approval for the Trans-Alaska pipeline in 1973. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1974, but gradually alienated most of his Alaskan constituencies and his bid for a third term was defeated in a Democratic primary election in 1980.

Third Party Watch covered Gravel's endorsement of Green Party candidate Jesse Johnson here and Gravel's libertarian streak here.

This should provide some refreshing news to those insisting that the right-left balance in the Libertarian Party is slightly out of whack. Gravel joins former Republican Rep. Bob Barr as a recent congressional addition to the Libertarian Party fold. Both Barr and current Rep. Ron Paul are "Life Members" of the LP.



Statement on Mike Gravel Joining Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party has issued a statement on the news broken at Third Party Watch that former Senator Mike Gravel has joined the LP.

"I'm joining the Libertarian Party because it is a party that combines a commitment to freedom and peace that can't be found in the two major parties that control the government and politics of America," said Gravel. "My libertarian views, as well as my strong stance against war, the military industrial complex and American imperialism, seem not to be tolerated by Democratic Party elites who are out of touch with the average American; elites that reject the empowerment of American citizens I offered to the Democratic Party at the beginning of this presidential campaign with the National Initiative for Democracy."

Libertarian National Committee member and former Congressman Bob Barr remarked about the situation.

"It is a distinct honor to have another former member of Congress within the Libertarian Party," said Barr. "Just as Senator Gravel believes Democrats have lost touch with the American public, I too concluded Republicans had lost their core principles, and could no longer associate myself with the GOP. While coming from opposite sides of the aisle, Senator Gravel and I definitely agree on the fundamental need for systemic change in our political system, and that the only way we have of effecting that change is by supporting and working in the Libertarian Party, which is the only political party in America that consistently works in word and deed to maximize individual liberty and minimize government power."

I'm not exactly sure of all of the rules of Third Party Poker. Does Senator of Democrats beat a pair of Republican Representatives?

"We're honored to have a former member of the United States Senate join our ranks," said Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory. "Senator Gravel has a sincere dedication to empowering the American people and eliminating the corrupting influence of the two major parties. His switch from the Democratic Party, as well as former Congressman Barr's abandonment of the GOP, shows that the Libertarian Party is truly a big tent organization moving firmly in the direction of Liberty."

Let me be the first to suggest that Senator Gravel would be a welcome addition on the Libertarian National Committee. Because of his experiences, he could become a valuable asset to the board. For what it's worth, I'm sure I'll get as much guff over this statement as I did when I was involved with getting Bob Barr to serve on the same board.


According to a comment left at the earlier Gravel/Libertarian Party article, Gravel may be considering some sort of a fusion-style Libertarian Party/Green Party presidential run.


The Senator will be investigating the opportunity to campaign to become the Libertarian candidate for President, however, this does not preclude his current Democratic campaign, nor does it make a run for the Green party impossible.

The Senator would like to become the "˜fusion' candidate in this election.

—J. Skyler McKinley
National Multimedia Coordinator
Mike Gravel for President 2008


posted from Stephen Gordon - March 25, 2008 - posted at http://thirdpartywatch.com

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 11:58am.