Anti-War Libertarian Activist Running for Congress
Adam Kokesh, a libertarian Marine Corps veteran who became a fairly prominent anti-Iraq War activist, is running for Congress as an independent in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.
After leaving the Marine Corps, I joined the monumental fight to end the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, bring our troops home to defend America, and restore a Constitutional foreign policy. Having won the public to our side, it is time we take the fight to the capitol, to the real enemies of the Constitution. Posturing against war while voting to fund it is unacceptable! Tragically, we still have a government that behaves like it owns us, rather than serves us… We need rallying points to keep our movement invigorated and growing, and if a run for Congress from my home town of Santa Fe can serve as one, I will gladly step up.
The 3rd district is safe Democratic turf — President Obama carried it by 23 points over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) while new Rep. Ben Lujan (D) carried the open seat by 27 points. But it has a history of big third party votes, and an anti-war independent candidate won 13 percent of the vote in 2008. Kokesh has enough of a national following (he has spoken at many Ron Paul events) to attract some attention, but unless he raises a lot of money, this might be the latest example of the Democratic base moving on from Iraq War politics and supporting a Democrat despite the slow progress in ending the war.