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#72. | Larry Sharpe, Part 2 | Healing Our Country Through Transparency & Simplicity | #VoteLibertarian

March 19, 2021

Welcome back for part 2 of our interview with Larry Sharpe, Managing Director of The Neo-Sage Group, Host of The Sharpe Way with Larry Sharp, and 2018 Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate for New York State.   

In this episode, Larry shared with us that it was in deciding to move out of New York, that he decided to run for Governor. He was upset that he had to leave his state, his friends and his business to find a better place to live, and out of that experience, he decided he wanted to fix it. 

Our country is in need of healing and it is only through a third party that we can actually start the healing process, and the Libertarian Party is in the best position to play that role. 



In This Episode:

  • Larry ran for Vice President of the United States in 2016 and lost the Libertarian Party nomination by 31 votes.
  • After the 2016 Presidential election, there was a hole in Libertarian leadership that Larry wanted to step in and fill.
  • New York has lost 1.5 million residents in last 10 years and will lose 2 congresspeople after this most recent census.
  • Rhetoric does not work for a third party; only in a 2 party system, running on a platform of "I'm not him" works.
  • As a third party candidate you have to be a full time candidate in order to have impact.
  • There was so much in fighting within the Libertarian Party during the 2020 primary, the party nominated their 2nd choice for President.
  • Running his Gubernatorial campaign was a lot like his first failed business, he learned lessons on how to run a a proper third party campaign by failing.
  • He brought a plan to the Libertarian Party for the 2020 Presidential campaign based on what he learned running for Governor, but did not get support from party leaders regarding that plan.
  • The top of the ticket should be working to gain popularity and then passing that onto candidates at the local level.
  • If you want fairer money in politics, there needs to be only one campaign finance regulation: total and absolute transparency.


Angie's Mystery Beer:

Georgetown Brewing - Seattle, WA

Meowsa, Double IPA, 8.1% abv

"If you force fed a watermelon a steady diet of mandarin oranges and pineapples and then dropped said watermelon into a wood chipper, this beer has the resulting aromas and flavors that came out of the business end of that wood chipper.” 


Episode Links:

The Neo-Sage Group

The Sharpe Way

Libertarian Party

Larry Sharpe Policies

Judge Jim Gray

Angela McArdle

Angela McArdle on The Sharpe Way

Justin Amash Drafts Tri Partisan Bill