Matt Welch at Reason.com has reported today that two members of the Montana House of Representatives, Daniel Zolnikov and Nicholas Schwaderer, both Millenials and Republicans, have endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president. The two state representatives issued a joint statement, published on Schwaderer’s Facebook page:
Representatives Daniel Zolnikov (R-MT) and Nick Schwaderer (RMT) announce their support for the Libertarian Party nominees for President and Vice President
Full statement from Reps. Zolnikov and Schwaderer:
As state representatives, we have solemnly sworn to protect and uphold our State and National Constitutions. These documents do not have expiration dates and we must uphold them for the rest of our lives; we take them seriously.
As local elected officials, we have seen first hand the consequences of government overreach: lost jobs, abuses of civil liberties and the taking of freedoms. Our constituents call us when something is going wrong in our communities.
The policies, regulations, and agencies that harm good, honest Americans most often originate in Washington, D.C. This goes to show that a higher standard must be applied to those who are
chosen to serve as federal officials, and the highest standards must be expected of our presidential nominees.
After careful review of the presumptive three candidates who will be on the ballot in all 50 states this November, we have decided to throw our support behind Gary Johnson, former governor of
New Mexico, for President of the United States.
Having served on the House Taxation committee for the past two legislatures, we know that one of the most important issues facing any government is a balanced budget. We are both in our 20’s, and we know that our generation will bear the heaviest brunt of a spending-crazed federal government. Johnson has the best credentials to fight for fiscal responsibility, based on his record of standing strong against out of control spending while Governor of New Mexico.
Johnson is also not alone in offering executive experience. He chose another former successful governor, Bill Weld of Massachusetts, to be his running mate for Vice President. In an
unprecedented set of circumstances, these two are truly running as a “team” and will rely heavily on each other’s expertise and knowledge to run our country in an efficient and effective
manner. One example of this is Weld’s experience as a federal prosecutor, which gives him unique insight into how we can combat the scourge of ISIS, without sacrificing the constitutional
rights of American citizens.
With the still unknown consequences of Brexit, one of the top American priorities needs to be establishing a Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom, which now has the sovereign
ability to negotiate for itself. This opportunity is most likely only possible with a Johnson presidency, as the other candidates have tied themselves strongly to anti free-trade positions.
Montana, a state of great natural resources, benefits immensely from having markets opened up for future exportation.
The Snowden revelations of 2013 revealed yet again that we have federal agencies going far beyond their constitutional authority to surveil the private affairs of millions of Americans. This surveillance is purposely done in secret without adequate oversight by elected representation. If serious action is not taken by the next administration to curb the surveillance state, an Orwellian future awaits America. Johnson is the only candidate who has vowed to uphold our 4th Amendment rights and he is our best chance to preserve privacy in communications.
The leader of our country needs to be a fierce negotiator and must defend the entire Bill of Rights. When political debates are reduced to name calling and despicable rhetoric, We the People lose. Gary Johnson and Bill Weld have made a positive case for themselves based on policy and issues, and that’s the way our campaigns should be. While we do not agree with every single policy stance expressed by Johnson, we recognize that he has by far the best record of any candidate and has the best vision for the future of our nation.
Our generation will be most affected by the outcome of this unprecedented presidential election. Gary Johnson is the only serious presidential nominee who stands for policies that will lead to growth and opportunity for young Americans.
We do not want another war. We do not want more deficit spending and debt. We do not want increased surveillance and violations of Americans’ rights. We want a sane, intelligent government that lives within its means and governs according to the Constitution. Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are clearly the best choice to lead our nation toward prosperity and freedom, and we are proud to support them for President and Vice President of the United States.
Representative Nick Schwaderer, 27, is a two term member of the Montana House of Representatives. He is most noted for writing and passing HB 330, which is the strongest anti police-militarization legislation in the Country.
Representative Daniel Zolnikov, 29, is a two term member of the House of Representatives most noted for carrying and passing the first state law in U.S. history requiring a warrant before cell phones could be surveilled by law enforcement. In the most recent session, he carried and passed the strongest press protection bill in the country.
Forbes ranked Zolnikov as one of the top “30 Under 30” policymakers in the nation, and Red Alert Politics recognized him as one of the “Top 30 Conservatives” under 30 in the country. He represents a district in Billings, the largest city in Montana.
From Zolnikov’s Facebook page: