The Libertarian Threat

It’s no wonder Bill Weld’s attempt to assure himself a spot on the ballot by seeking out of the the Libertarian line infuriated so many conservative Republicans. The Libertarians gave Weld their endorsement, but in a measure of just how meaningless that really is, they also selected their preferred candidate to take on Hillary Clinton. His name is Jeff Russell, a retiree who spends a lot of time with his dog, Shadow. (Then again, it’s not like the Republican Senate hopefuls seem to have much hope either.) The full report comes from the Saratogian, via Just Hillary

— Jason Horowitz

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