Libertarian renegade is on Tuesday's ballot:

Candidate who has party's backing is spreading the word

By Jo Mannies
Post-Dispatch Political Correspondent

With only two Libertarian contests on Tuesday's ballot, Tamara Millay of Normandy is hoping that enough party regulars turn out to block the party's most infamous renegade.

Millay, chairman of the St. Louis County Libertarian Party, is the party's endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate. Her opponent for the Libertarian nomination is Martin Lindstedt of Springfield, Mo., who was kicked out of the party last year after a fracas with party leaders.

Lindstedt, 40, is a self-employed writer. He is known for his Web sites which use obscene language to blast Libertarian leaders and all government authorities, from police up to the president. He advocates the violent overthrow of government and a separate country for black Muslims.

'My opponent is total medicrity', Lindstedt said, referring to Millay.

Millay, 31, is a recruiting administrator for a local consulting firm.

She has sent fliers to about 4,000 potential Libertarian voters and enlisted the help of party leaders. 'We've done what we could to get the word out to people who might not know who Martin Lindstedt is', she said. "He does not reflect Libertarian beliefs."

Millay espouses the key Libertarian principles of less taxes and less government. Libertarians want to eliminate and privatize most government functions, from Social Security to education. They also want to do away with most laws governing private behavior deemed 'victimless'. That includes the use of illegal drugs.

'The drug war appears to be a war against people rather than a war on drugs', Millay said. 'It's failed, just as Prohibition did'.

Millay, who does not use drugs, says drugs should be under the same restrictions as alcohol -- meaning a minimum age for use, and restrictions on the use of the product while operating vehicles.

The Libertarian Party, which has the most third-party candidates on Missouri's ballots, advocates peaceful change of government policies by winning at the ballot box, Millay said.

Assuming she wins Tuesday, Millay says she realizes she's a long shot to win in November. But if she succeeds in getting the Libertarian philosophy before the voters, Millay said she has 'a real shot to make a difference'."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thu. July 30, 1998 p. B3 (Metro section)