Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Losing a friend: Mike Fellows

Mike Fellows, Chairman of the Montana Libertarian Party and candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, died in a car accident last night.  He was returning from a campaign appearance in Seeley Lake MT when he lost control of his vehicle, striking another.  He apparently was killed instantly.

I knew Mike from his first days as an LP activist.  This was in 1980, when Ed Clark was running for president on the LP ticket.  Mike and his brothers (and me and mine) worked to help get ballot status for the party, something it has been able to retain ever since...often because Mike was a perennial statewide candidate and received sufficient votes to keep the LP on the ballot.  (Take a look at this accounting of his unflagging efforts from The Missoulian.  He was tireless.) Mike was a real libertarian, not a phony.  I don't think he was the most eloquent spokesman, but he understood the principles very well and he never compromised.  He was also friendly, very relaxed, and soft spoken.  He was a good spokesman for liberty.

He died in the cause of liberty.  Thank you, Mike.

Reason has a good piece lamenting his loss.

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