While a lawyer for the state warns that if Jim Bennett is allowed on the ballot, it will lead others to form parties in order to get on the special election ballot to succeed 3rd District congressman Jason Chaffetz, I have to wonder.
Forming a third party gets you on the ballot, but running on a third party is hardly a way to win an election. Plus, should you ever want to go back to your old party -- as a candidate -- it isn't likely to welcome you back. There might come a day when that changes, but it won't be this year. Anyone bolting the Republicans in 2017 does so with the realization they are giving up the party that gives them the best odds of ever being elected to public office.