Members of the tea party and the 9/12 Patriots have begun a campaign to pressure Libertarian Alex Snitker to drop out of the U.S. Senate race, fearing he will strip votes from Republican Marco Rubio.
"They're saying, 'A vote for Snitker is a vote for Crist,' '' Snitker said. In recent days, he's gotten numerous e-mails and Facebook messages to get out of the race. He's not.
"It's flattery," Snitker said. "They're scared I am a true constitutional conservative, a.k.a. a libertarian, and Rubio's not."
One e-mail from a woman named Peg read: "We can't afford to take a chance on you and how will you feel if you are the reason we cannot succeed in getting the majority we so desperately need? It would change the course of history in this country and you would be the one we all blame."
Snitker said he has been shut out of a South Pinellas 9/12 event Sunday at Ferg's in St. Petersburg that is supposed to feature Rubio.
"They know that some of those people will no longer be going for Rubio, they'll be going for me. They are looking for a regular guy, not a career politician."