Have we seen the last of Sean Haugh, the Libertarian who brought a sense of humor to his entry into the U.S. Senate race last year and in 2002?
Haugh, a pizza delivery guy from Durham, posted on Twitter and Tumblr a couple days ago that he was considering running for governor or maybe for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s seat.
“Been down this road before enough to know that despite my burnout at the end of the election it would only take a couple months before I’d want to do it again,” Haugh posted. “Not that I’ll be making a decision any time soon. There’s a lot of life to live before February 2016 and who knows where it will take me. But I am starting to think about the advantages of either governor or U.S. Senate.”
He has a long list of reasons that might prompt him to run. Here are a few reasons he lists to run for governor:
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• “I’d much rather be governor.”
• “Although I’m a touch rusty, I do have a solid understanding of how state govt works and a lot of ideas about how we could practically reform it. As far as the nitty gritty of governing is concerned, I am more interested in state level issues.”
• “NC ballot access law says our party gets to stay on the ballot four more years if we get at least 2 percent for governor or president. I know I can do that.”
• “I have a lot of ready made issues beyond the standard libertarian taxing and spending views about which I am passionate: fracking, end the death penalty, legalization of marijuana, Medicaid reform, local govt autonomy, corporate control of state govt, and a few others.”
• “The dynamic of three strong candidates straight out of the gate is exciting. Media loves its narrative and one trick I’ve learned as an outsider is how to become an essential character in the story, if not the main character in my own. McCrory vs. Cooper vs. me for almost 2 years is just the kind of thing media will love to cover.”
• “And I would just love to take a bite out of both of those corporatist tools. If me becoming governor keeps either of them from the position, that would suit me just fine.”
Haugh’s musings follows the recent announcement by Ken Fortenberry, a retired journalist, that he will be a Libertarian candidate for governor in 2016. Fortenberry ran in the 2012 Republican congressional primary against U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry.
Haugh received 3.74 percent of the vote in November. His best showing was in Graham County, where he pulled down 8.38 percent.