Libertarian Party Politics

Joe Exotic Running for LP Oklahoma Gubernatorial Nomination

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Joe Exotic, who is most famous for his 2016 presidential campaign video and was featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s segment on third parties in the 2016 election, is among three candidates running for the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma’s nomination for Governor.

John Oliver described the candidate, whose real name is Joseph Moldonado, as “truly, the type of candidate you’d want to sit down and have a beer with, then another beer, then several more beers until you’re drunk enough to try meth.”

The former presidential candidate is the owner of the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Foundation in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. The foundation is home to one of the largest private zoos for tigers in the world, housing 220 big cats.

Moldonado’s platform includes offering tax incentives to doctor’s who take patients free of charge, deregulating the health industry, decriminalize marijuana, and simplifying the tax code to make it 8% for all individuals.

The candidate was recently in a car crash, breaking his shoulder blade, neck and right femur.


Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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