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"You wanna talk about the Tea Party Candidate? It ain't Marco Rubio. It's Alexander Snitker." 6/17/10 (above) video quote of Mr. Snitker at Florida Society of News Editors Forum
When it comes to political campaigns, I'm a great believer in truth in advertising.
On paper, Alex Snitker began his 2010 US Senate Campaign in 2009 as "No Party Affiliation".
At the last minute he switched his party registration to "Libertarian". He has only been a Libertarian on paper for just a few months. It's been clear he is inexperienced as a Libertarian.
This may explain why he's confusing many longtime Florida Libertarian voters and being politically misleading by calling himself "The Tea Party Candidate" when he is not a legitimate listed "Tea Party Candidate" at the official Florida Tea Party website www.FloridaTeaParty.US/Candidates.php .
First, Alex Snitker is advertising he's "Florida's Liberty Candidate" instead of saying he's the Libertarian Party Of Florida candidate on his website. Why? If he's a Libertarian Party candidate why not just say it on his website.
But just to be clear... the "Liberty Candidate" name does not automatically mean a "Libertarian Party" candidate. The term "Liberty Candidate" evolved from Republican Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty and the conservative Republican Liberty Caucus.
Second, Alex Snitker is "advertising" that he is "Florida's First Libertarian Senatorial Candidate" on his website. Ahh...that's not exactly quite true.
Charles Manhart was actually Florida's FIRST Libertarian Senatorial Candidate who ran six years earlier in 2004. But Mr. Snitker has only been calling himself a "Libertarian" for a few months and must not have done his homework. If he were a longtime experienced Florida Libertarian he might know that the Libertarian Party of Florida has run many more successful candidates and campaigns prior to him.
But when he gets filmed in a high profile video he does not say he's the "Libertarian Party" candidate Mr. Snitker instead chooses to say:
"You wanna talk about the Tea Party Candidate? It ain't Marco Rubio.
It's Alexander Snitker." 6/17/10 video quote of Mr. Snitker at Florida Society of News Editors Forum
He does not mention he is a "Libertarian Candidate" or the "Libertarian Party of Florida" candidate prior to his Tea Party Candidate comment. He even boasts the video on his official Campaign website.
Many genuine Florida Libertarians are upset with him for being politically misleading.
But most true Florida Libertarians don't really see Snitker as a real Libertarian anyway, the tip off is when he oddly promotes the non-Libertarian "Fair Tax" which goes against the official Libertarian Party Platform favors no income tax and generally less taxes.
On other issues such as abortion and immigration Snitker sounds closer to the Republican Party Platform than the Libertarian Party Platform.
But when it comes to if Alex Snitker is an actual Libertarian Party candidate, Mr. Snitker seems questionable on that issue.
According the Federal Election Commission website, Mr. Snitker is actually listed as "NPA" for "No Party Affiliation" instead of "LIB" for Libertarian Party.
But before any of his supporters can complain... oh the Federal Election Commission must have made a mistake... that is not the case, the FEC made no clerical mistake.
Alex Snitker's original hand-written form (see below) clearly identifies himself again as "NPA" which means "No Party Affiliation" not "LIB" for Libertarian Party.
But understand "NPA" or "No Party Affiliation" do not actually imply being Libertarian either. As a candidate it is black and white. You either run under a Party affiliation such as DEM, REP, LIB, TEA or you run as "No Party Affiliation" there is no such thing as a multi party candidate.
But Snitker seems to being trying to do that too. Adding to the confusion, as I mentioned before, he has also called himself "The Tea Party" candidate -- google "Tea party candidate Alex Snitker" and you will find videos of him saying he's a Tea Party candidate.
There is a current registered Tea Party in Florida.
Also, don't think that Alex Snitker has no option to list himself as a U.S. Libertarian candidate.
That is not true.
Past Libertarian candidates did list themselves correctly as "LIB" for Libertarian Party, not "NPA".
Unfortunately in politics there are extremists who wish to deny the facts even when they are right in from of them.