Lone Libertarian rejoins GOP
By Ruth Finch, Staff Writer
Chattanooga Times Free Press [GA] 07/20/2006
The state’s only Libertarian to be elected to a county leadership post is no
longer a Libertarian.
Dade County Commission Chairman/Executive Ben Brandon said he is switching
back to the Republican party, the Republican Liberty Caucus, to be exact.
“It’s essentially the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party,” Mr.
After unsuccessful bids as a Republican for county school board and county
commission as a Republican, Mr. Brandon switched parties in 2002. In 2004, he
was elected to the newly-created post of county executive/chairman as a
Libertarian. Once in office, he said, he found that his party label prevented him
from contributing to some policy discussions, especially on the state and
“This in no way indicates any ill will toward the Libertarian party,” he
said. “It’s just an admission that this is a two party system, and if you want
to be effective and contribute something you need to be one of those two