If you've read my blog regularly, you've seen reprints of Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) columns. He's a devoted follower of conservative/libertarian ideals when it comes to the role of the federal government. In looking at his record, you will find that his votes reflect his philosophy, especially when it comes to him billing himself as the "taxpayer's best friend."
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Rep. Paul has filed papers to form an exploratory committee for President and is expected to make a formal announcement in the next couple of weeks.
Obviously, I'm a big fan of Rep. Paul. I was honored to have some time with him for a discussion about the competing interests of rejecting pork spending versus advocating for your district for federal funds. His perspective was solid, based upon his limited government, low taxation principles and his advice to me on the issues I faced as county commissioner was invaluable.
Rep. Paul was the Libertarian Party's candidate for President in 1988, but he's been elected to congress 9 times as Republican. Because of his Libertarian past, he's not enjoyed much financial support from the GOP's traditional donors. This may actually help him with some of the grass-roots Republicans who've become disenchanted with some of the GOP leaders.
Recently, Ken Blackwell had a column in Reason Magazine (see full column here) where he stated that: "Conservatism in America is in need of leaders who demonstrate fidelity to principle." Such fidelity is present in Ron Paul.
I've not been excited about any of the names that have been bandied about for the GOP candidate for President, ... until now. I'll be watching closely to see his platform, and if it is consistent with his votes/positions to date (which I do not doubt), I'll look forward to helping elect him President.
For more information on Rep. Paul, go here .