They've got a strange crop of candidates running as representatives of the Libertarian Party in Texas this year. With prospects of 2-3% of the vote it's debatable that they're serious candidates, and based on their issue positions and public statements it's surprisingly difficult to determine if they are even libertarians. There are Republicans running in the state whose positions are closer to those of traditional libertarians than are those of many of the candidates who bear the official Libertarian Party brand.
Just look at a few of their top contenders. Kathie Glass is running for governor on a hardcore nativist platform, including proposing deploying the state guard to the border — the LP used to support open borders. Steve Susman is running for Congress and promises to subsidize green energy with taxpayer dollars, opposes privatizing social security, wants to expand farm subsidies, supports limits on political free speech, wants to make unions illegal and is strongly opposed to gay rights. Jim Stutsman is running for Congress and wants to expand the military, increase the level of tax on personal income and also opposes gay rights.
These are not typical libertarian positions. Many of them are even directly contrary to the national and state Libertarian Party platforms. While many other LP candidates like John J. Myers and Robert Nowotny are very much traditional libertarians, the number of candidates representing the party who have bizarre views on major issues has grown substantially. This is reflected by changes in the party platform which include the removal of the pro-immigration plank and an increased emphasis on states rights and isolationism.
The Libertarian Party and especially many of their candidates, seem to have come under the influence of the far-right Paleocons. They have become immigration nativists, far more socially conservative, begun advocating for states rights over the Constitution, and have entirely lost interest in a true libertarian foreign policy. Some don't even seem particlarly fiscally conservative.
Coming at a time when the Republican party is moving in a much more libertarian direction in Texas and nationwide this creates a strange conflict for some of their more principled candidates. In Texas two Libertarian candidates have recently dropped their campaigns upon realizing that the Libertarian Party had set them up to run against Republicans who were as libertarian as they were. In one case this was because the Republican in the race was a true libertarian. In the other it was because the Libertarian Party candidate was on the same page as his Republican opponent as a social conservative.