Jerome Tuccille, the Libertarian Party’s second gubernatorial candidate, passes away at 79

Jerome Tuccille (center)

From the New York Times on February 24:

“Jerome Tuccille, who wrote one of the first manifestoes of the American libertarian movement and the first biography of Donald J. Trump, died on Feb. 16 at his home in Severna Park, Md. He was 79.”

“In 1974, two years after the founding of the Free Libertarian Party, Mr. Tuccille ran for governor of New York. He hoped to win the 50,000 votes that would give the party a permanent place on the ballot, a first step toward becoming the third major political party in the United States.

“He fell short…but not for lack of trying.”

According to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, Mr. Tuccille “was tied for being the second Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate on the ballot in any state. The party had no gubernatorial candidates in any state until 1973, when John Goodson was on in New Jersey. Tuccille got on the ballot in New York in 1974 and polled 10,503 votes. The party only had one other gubernatorial candidate in 1974 on the ballot in any state, in Minnesota.”

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