DeKruif said he has Libertarian leanings, but he takes issue with the party targeting Republicans that share their ideals and accusing them of not being committed enough in their votes. He said he also seriously worries that voting for a third party only helps the opposing party. He said he blames Tom Emmer’s gubernatorial loss in 2010 entirely on Independent candidate Tom Horner siphoning off votes.
Brinker said he understood DeKruif’s concerns but feels neither major party is actually making legitimate progress on important issues like the federal debt. He said voting out of this concern has not progressed the issues nor help to get the prefered candidates in office.
“Getting people not to vote with fear is our biggest challenge,” said Parson.
She said the party’s top goal for 2014 is to capture 5 percent of the votes in a statewide race, the threshold for "major party" status in Minnesota, which guarantees access to the Minnesota ballot. She said she expects the criticism in wake of the federal government shutdown to help grow their members.
The 1st District chapter plans to hold its next district meeting on Nov. 12 in Mankato. More information on the Minnesota chapter is available at www.lpmn.org.