Longtime Republican strategist Mary Matalin, a respected fixture in GOP politics for decades, shocked the political world earlier this month when she announced that she was leaving the Republican Party for the Libertarian Party.
Matalin revealed that she officially changed her affiliation to Libertarian because she’s a “Republican in the Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense.”
On Wednesday, Mary Matalin announced that she was proudly endorsing Libertarian Party presidential candidate Austin Petersen, the 35-year-old founder of The Libertarian Republic. who has attracted attention from conservatives because of his ability to articulate founding principles effectively and the fact that he is pro-life, a rarity among libertarians.
Matalin said in a statement that “both parties have decimated the first principles that made this country great” and that Austin Petersen “has had a distinguished and dedicated career in advocacy for the principles upon which this unique country was founded and under which it has thrived.”
“Our country’s remarkable founding was never about a Party or a Person, but the glorious ideal of freedom applied to unruly human nature,” Matalin declared.
“In these tumultuous times of domestic and global uncertainty, the country would be well served with Austin Petersen on the national ballot along with the two established party candidates. The times call for and Americans deserve a full-throated, clear, coherent call for the restoration of those principles our Founders divined and their progeny refined. Austin Petersen is a courageous adherent of and best represents Jefferson’s inviolate first principle: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
On Monday, #NeverTrump leader Erick Erickson, a leading conservative voice, told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric that, “If the Republican Party wants to go in his [Trump’s] direction, I guess I’m not a Republican anymore. I never signed a party oath.”
Petersen recently sat down for an in-depth interview with Glenn Beck. You can listen to the interview in its entirety HERE.
The Libertarian Party holds its convention in Florida this weekend and will choose their nominee between Petersen, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, and McAfee Virus software company founder John McAfee.