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Maryland Libertarian Senate Candidate Already Running for President

We wrote about Arvin Vorha, the Maryland Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate, back in February. That was when Vorha was telling anybody who would listen that he thinks that pedophilia is perfectly acceptable, that members of the military are basically soldiers of fortune, and that teachers are little more than propagandists for the state.

The general election for U.S. Senate is still four months away, but Reason reports that Vorha has already moved on to running for President:

Arvin Vohra, a 39-year-old educational entrepreneur notorious for questioning age-of-consent laws for 14-year-olds, for arguing that joining the military to pay for college is “morally unacceptable,” and for joking about shooting up school boards, announced at the tail end of the Libertarian Party’s biennial national convention that he is running for president. Vohra joins longtime libertarian activist and serial arrestee Adam Kokesh, a 36-year-old Iraq War veteran who is running on a platform to dissolve the federal government, as the two biggest L.P. presidential candidates to officially announce.

“On the first day of my presidency,” Vohra tweeted Thursday, “I will pardon those in prison who have neither harmed anyone nor stolen anything. I will start with @Snowden and @RossUlbricht.” Next comes “all nonviolent drug users, all nonviolent drug traffickers, all nonviolent drug kingpins…anyone that’s in jail for crypto-currency crime [and] gun possession where they didn’t actually hurt anybody.”

“My number one goal,” the candidate tells me, “is to end the welfare state and abolish the income tax. I’m going to be using my campaign to spread that message on the policy level, but also to help people realize there are so many ways to reduce government without changing policy, including opting out of government schools, including using cryptocurrency, including using the power of jury nullification.”

Vorha wasn’t content with the asinine things he already said apparently, so he decided to embrace the Chelsea Manning strategy and add pardons for traitors to the long list of things that he deeply believes in and supports.

Vorha’s candidacy for President, of course, completely puts the screws to the Maryland Libertarian Party. The Libertarians are now stuck with a candidate for U.S. Senate who is likely to do none of the legwork necessary to run a meaningful statewide candidacy in a year in which there appear to be three major candidates on the ballot (Senator Ben Cardin, Republican nominee Tony Campbell, and independent Neal Simon). And Libertarians have already struggled with getting decent percentages in statewide races as it is, with.

Vorha is only the fifth statewide candidate for the Libertarians in the last 15 years:

  • Susan Gaztanaga finished 3rd in the race for Governor in 2010 with 0.7%;
  • Dean Ahmad finished 4th in the U.S. Senate race in 2012 with 1.2%
  • Shawn Quinn finished 3rd for Governor in 2014 with 1.5%; and,
  • The Libertarian Party’s high-water mark in Maryland, Attorney General nominee Leo Dymowski finished with 3.4% of the vote.

Vorha had the opportunity to help the Libertarian Party grow, despite his bonkers political views, but instead followed the siren’s call of national publicity and attention to run for President. Which would be ostensibly fine had he not left his home party out to dry.

The Maryland Libertarian Party might very well we better off without Vorha in the long run. What chances the Libertarians have of making gains this year included having to do with a candidate’s who’s worldview is immature, immoral, and absolutely bonkers. If Maryland’s Libertarians wants to make inroads in the future, they would be better suited to nominate candidates who believe a logical, sane and moral version of libertarianism and not resort to drafting a freak show with disturbing, immoral, and vile views like Arvin Vorha.






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