Daily Archives: Sept. 7, 2010

Wink may get nod from Libertarians



Could former GOP congressional hopeful Wink Harman be making a second run at a seat in Washington D.C., only this time as a Libertarian?

It could happen.

The Wichita oil, restaurant and sports entrepreneur came in third in the Republican primary last month capturing 23 percent of the vote compared to winner Mike Pompeo’s 38 percent and runner-up state Sen. Jean Schodorf’s 24 percent.

Tonight, Hartman is going to be discussing a possible ticket change in a phone meeting with members of the Kansas Libertarian Party, said chairman and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gray.

“We are going to go ahead and meet this evening and see if we will be a good fit by him,” Gray said.

Discussions about the change started last Wednesday, he said.

Hartman already embraces most of the social and fiscal tenets of the Libertarian Party. which pushes for limited government involvement in peoples’ lives and businesses, Gray said.

Hartman had not yet returned phone calls asking for comment.

The last Libertarian to run for the 4th District congressional seat was Steve Rosile of Wichita, who got 1.9 percent of the vote in the 2008 election. No Kansas Libertarian congressional candidate got more than 2.8 percent of the vote that year.

The party did not have a candidate on the ballot for the 4th District seat in 2006.