Not going to necessarily say I told you so. However, Austin Petersen is now learning the hard end of the GOP establishment and the will to shut out Liberty minded voices in their party.
From the Kansas City Star:
The Missouri Republican Party’s executive committee voted 12-1 to allow the Republican National Committee to spend money on Attorney General Josh Hawley’s behalf ahead of the state’s contested primary.
The lone dissenting vote was Jackson County Republican chair Mark Anthony Jones, who accused his fellow state party leaders of treating Hawley like the de facto nominee in the U.S. Senate race before he’s won the primary.
An RNC rule prevents the national committee from spending money on behalf of candidates in states with contested primaries without authorization from the state party.
Chris Nuelle, the Missouri Republican Party’s spokesman, said in a statement that the party had previously voted to authorize the RNC to spend on behalf of candidates in contested primaries in the past, including Sen. Roy Blunt and former Sen. Jim Talent.
This is the very reason we highly encouraged Austin Petersen to run for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian in Missouri. The two major parties can never be trusted and I know that best.
I am not speaking out of turn when I talk about this subject. I was once that dedicated, yard sign pounding, Republican golden boy. But then one day I started to think for myself and discovered a great Liberty minded Republican by the name of Ron Paul. For 8 years I saw how the GOP establishment shunned the likes of me and my other Liberty minded friends. I made the conscience decision to leave that party and join the one that I fit in wit the most.
Back when Petersen decided to run for Senate we wrote a piece encouraging him to run as a Libertarian. The GOP had their mind made up a long time ago on who they wanted to take on Claire McKaskill and Petersen was not that choice.
While we are still rooting for him at the Vindicator we know the inevitable will happen. The Establishment will get their way and then again another Liberty minded politician will get shafted by one of the two major parties.