Mormon fundamentalist, reality star, and polygamist Kody Brown is best known for his appearances on TLC’s Sister Wives.Since 2010, Kody and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown, have expressed their desire to be out and proud polygamists.
It looks like Kody Brown might also want to get into politics, at least on a local level. Last season, he opened up about his desire to run for office in Arizona on a libertarian platform after the Las Vegas family moved to Flagstaff. Based on a recent exchange with a U.S. presidential candidate for 2020 on Twitter, Sister Wives’ star could fulfil that promise soon.
‘Sister Wives’: The 2020 Libertarian U.S. presidential candidate reached out to Kody Brown on Twitter
In mid-January 2020, Kody responded to a surprise tweet from Adam Charles Kokesh, a 2020 presidential candidate working with the American Libertarian Party. “Yo! I just heard you moved to my neighborhood of Northern AZ. Please follow me so I can DM you!” Kokesh wrote to Kody.
The Sister Wives star seemed eager to meet up with Kokesh, writing back: “Hi Adam, I have been following you for a few months (I think?). Let’s have lunch!”
Hi Adam,— Kody Brown (@realkodybrown) January 6, 2020
I have been following you for a few months(I think?). Let's have lunch! https://t.co/IL6Nu3z6k6
Kokesh is a former Marine and Republican who now works as a podcast host, independent journalist and libertarian politician. The presidential candidate, who lives in Ash Fork, Arizona, is known for his niche political views, including his electoral platform of “complete dissolution of the federal government”.
Kody Brown has spoken out in the past about his political views
It’s no surprise that Kody Brown is hoping to meet with a libertarian presidential candidate one-on-one. The star of Sister Wives has often called himself ‘liberty-minded’ and neither conservative nor liberal. He has also somewhat clashed with his adult daughter, Mariah Brown, who is a self-proclaimed democrat.
Kody Brown has been outspoken many times about his political views. He has even said in the past that he hopes to run for political office in order to champion the right to practice polygamy legally. In 2017, Kody supported the politician Rand Paul, who is often loved by libertarian voters, who wrote on Twitter: “Can we get our freedom back, please?!
In another tweet, the Sister Wives star wrote, “Collectivism is not freedom. Thus, our God/natural rights belong to everyone, to every individual. Social ties to protect INDIVIDUAL rights.”
Kody Brown and his wives have also repeatedly protested with other polygamous families against anti-bigamy laws in Utah and elsewhere, citing their belief in “personal freedom” and individual rights as their main motivation.
A libertarian think tank supported the Brown family in their Supreme Court case
This isn’t the first time Kody Brown has expressed interest in getting involved in politics, both locally and nationally. The case of the Supreme Court of the Browns, Brown v. Buhman, was finally dismissed in 2016 after a first victory in 2013. In the case, which was first filed in 2011, the Browns argued that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to criminalize polygamy, citing the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage as a precedent.
True to Kody’s beliefs, the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, even submitted documents to argue that the Sister Wives cast was in the right. While the court first agreed that the Browns had the right to practice polygamy, they eventually dismissed the case because the state of Utah (where the case was filed) hardly ever actually prosecutes polygamy cases.
Since the case was dismissed, it seems Kody Brown is hoping to take matters into his own hands.