Upon Further Review…

Those of you familiar with the title phrase, will note that I am referencing the words used by football referees when the are about to either overturn or confirm a ruling on the field of play.

Well, my friends, that is exactly what is happening here.

I have reviewed the possibilities and have decided that I am withdrawing my name for consideration by the Libertarian Party of Texas for nomination as its candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Instead, I am casting a new line. I intend to seek the support of the majority of the delegates at the 2014 state convention for the position of State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas.

I do this for many reasons, but those that are worth mentioning include:

  1. The current Chair, Patrick Dixon, who will have served for a decade, has decided to not seek the position again. I salute him for his activism and sharing of his time and talent with us for these past ten years. I can only hope to be a successor that is half as capable.
  2. Tom Glass, the current vice chair, has decided to seek the party’s nomination for attorney general, a position for which I find him to be particularly well suited, and because of this he will not be seeking the chairmanship.
  3. Brandon de Hoyos, who for this brief period has been my “opponent” for the nomination will be a worthy and able candidate. I have spoken with him a few times and he has gained my utmost respect and admiration in a very brief period of time.
  4. My wife, Christine Kless, has been my advisor and confidant in this decision and she continues to give me her unconditional commitment.

My thanks to all of you who have supported me. I hope you will continue to do so. As a candidate for party chair, I can and will continue to accept political donations. In a way, they are even more important now. If you are willing and able, please go to my donation page and contribute an amount you feel proper, even $5 helps.

Yours in Liberty,

Ed Kless

Libertarian Leadership Conference – Austin October 19

1380545_150x100[1]I had a great day at the Libertarian Leadership Conference yesterday.

My goal was to learn more about the campaign process and put those ideas to work for Ed’s run for Texas Lt. Governor.  I accomplished my goal and re-affirmed my alignment with Libertarian ideals.  There is an elegant simplicity to Libertarian thought.  I am attracted to the objective of furthering an idea rather than politics of personal destruction.  Name-calling, demonizing opponents, does nothing to strengthen the wealth, freedom and opportunity of the individual.

Liberty is an inspiring concept – full of promise and possibility.  Libertarians want to put freedom and responsibility back in your hands.

Welcome Dawn Westerberg

dawnwesterbergI am thrilled to announce the addition of Dawn Westerberg to my campaign. Dawn has agreed to serve as my campaign manager for this election.

Dawn is a marketing consultant extraordinaire. I have had the privilege of working with her at Sage for several years in various capacities.

Not only is she a fine consultant, but she is a fabulous person of the highest integrity. I am honored to have her on the team.

Announcing My Run for Lieutenant Governor

Today, I am proud to announce the I will seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party of Texas for Lieutenant Governor.

My formal speech will take place concurrently with several other Libertarian Party announcements on Come and Take It Day here in Texas.

Here is a copy of my Application for Nomination which has been notarized and submitted to Libertarian Party of Texas Chair Patrick Dixon.

Application for nomination

Voting for Me

One of the most interesting, if not surreal aspects of running a campaign is voting for oneself in the election.

However before I voted for me, I was honored to vote for the Libertarian slate of candidates before me on the ballot. These of course included my friend, John Jay Myers and Gary Johnson, for whom I am proud to have been selected as an Elector.

Yes, that is right, should the Governor win Texas, I will have the honor of going to Washington DC to cast my vote for Mr. Johnson in the Electoral College.

PS – I find it odd, and in fact wrong, that the ballot in Texas does not say “Electors for” on the Presidential slot. I distinctly remember this when I voted in New York.


Explaining Government to First Graders

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to the First Grade Class at Marion Elementary about the purpose of government, what a candidate does and the upcoming election.

To open I think I developed a pretty good way of explaining our republican system.

I told them they would have three choices of ice cream: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I then asked how many chose each flavor. The clear winner was chocolate, followed by vanilla and then strawberry.

I then explained that while chocolate was clearly the most popular, the purpose of government was to protect the choices of all especially those who liked strawberry.

I asked, “Would you be happy if the only choice was chocolate?”

“Noooooo!” They replied.

To coin a phrase, “Mission accomplished.”


Texas Senate District 8 Debate

Last night, I participated in a debate sponsored by the Allen Area Patriots. The Patriots are truly non-partisan and are to be lauded for their commitment to having all candidates and nominees at their events.

I believe the debate went quite well. It is my belief that whomever is elected, SD8 will be the most Libertarian seat in the Texas Senate. I was honored by many in the room who said that they were voting or had voted for me.

Here are three brief clips from the debate. My thanks to my wife for taking these.

Opening Statement

On the “Two” Party System

On the Purpose of Government

Name That Debater

OK, political gurus, policy wonks, and heck normal people as well, it is time for that fun game show:




The show where we post quotes from the so-called “debates” and ask you to identify the speaker.

Presidential Debate One

“Middle-income families are being crushed. And so the question is how to get them going again, and I’ve described it. It’s energy and trade, the right kind of training programs, balancing our budget and helping small business. Those are the — the cornerstones of my plan.”

“I think we’ve got to invest in education and training. I think it’s important for us to develop new sources of energy here in America, that we change our tax code to make sure that we’re helping small businesses and companies that are investing here in the United States.”

Presidential Debate Two

“I know what it takes to make sure that you have the kind of opportunity you deserve.”

“I want to build manufacturing jobs in this country again.”

Presidential Debate Three

“One, more economic development. We should key our foreign aid, our direct foreign investment and that of our friends — we should coordinate it to make sure that we — we push back and give them more economic development. Number two, better education. Number three, gender equality.”

“Number one, make sure that these countries are supporting our counterterrorism efforts; number two, make sure that they are standing by our interests in Israel’s security, because it is a true friend and our greatest ally in the region. Number three, we do have to make sure that we’re protecting religious minorities and women because these countries can’t develop unless all the population — not just half of it — is developing.”

Vice Presidential Debate

“We want everybody to succeed. We want to get people out of poverty, in the middle class, on to lives of self-sufficiency. We believe in opportunity and upward mobility.”

“Stop talking about how you care about people. Show me something. Show me a policy. Show me a policy where you take responsibility.”

And now the answers, in each case, the Republican (Romney/Ryan) was the first quote, while the second was from the Democrat (Obama/Biden). How did you do?

Ben Franklin Bonus Round: Word Count of Freedom vs Security

“He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”

  P1 VP P2 P3 Total
Freedom 3 4 0 0 7
Security 12 35 13 18 78


PS – The word “Constitution” was only mentioned once in the four debates. Shame on ALL of them!