Archive | May, 2016

Delegates on the Libertarian convention

31 May
Steve Mace

James Weeks has done EVERYTHING he can to undermine his County Party, and the State Party. IE. He has actively shown up at polling places where there are other Libertarians running telling voters not to vote. He preaches the foundation of feudalism, and is all around a parasite. An attention seeking parasite who has used the LPM for his own agenda. He has utilized loopholes to avoid censure and outright dismissal from the party. I hope his maxim opus at the convention was enough to satiate him; and he finally moves on… to another party… or him and his little band of miscreants form their own. Again, it has been long known that his ideology (by those familiar with something he’s not, books) is not libertarian in the least. And his antics, too much.


Dave Nalle
Former national chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus 

Think about this. If Gary Johnson does not win the presidency but sets the LP up to become a real party by getting into the debates and getting more than 20% in the general election, there is a very good chance that the first elected president on the LP ticket will be Rand Paul.

Bruce Powell Majors
District of Columbia delegate

I favor stocks, paddles, and branding irons for anyone who attends an LP convention and disrobes in public. I think agreeing to that should be a contractual feature of ticket purchase


Dave Nalle
Former national chair, Republican Liberty Caucus · 

Let me clarify something about my trip to the LP convention. I was primarily there as an observer and for outreach. I was not there as a delegate and although I was seated briefly with the Wyoming delegation, I did not vote as a delegate. I have been criticized for attending and most of that criticism is actually directed at Bill Weld, who I sat with for a while. Weld is a past RLC endorsee. Gary Johnson is a past RLC endorsee. Weld is Johnson’s VP choice. Former RLC chair Ron Paul also appeared at the convention by video. There were numerous other RLC members there including another current national board member. This is the era of the Trump GOP. Party lines are being blurred. We have to adapt to that reality.

Andy Craig

Wisconsin Delegate 

True story: three different TSA agents all said they were voting for Gary Johnson when they saw Brian and I wearing our t-shirts. Plus another half-dozen passengers who stopped us in the terminal to say the same thing. One woman came up enthusiastically to tell us she’d been watching the convention unfold, had lived in NM when Johnson was Governor, and that she was thrilled to get to vote for him again. 


Will Coley

Candidate for Veep nomination

Ok I was going to wait until i finally got back home to address this, but it seems it must be done now, rather than later. 
No I can not support Johnson/Weld in any way, no I can not and will not stop slamming them at every opportunity. I have spent years of my life trying to bring Muslims into the fold of the liberty community, and this ticket sets those efforts back an immeasurable amount.
There is no way on earth i could maintain credibility within the Muslim community while supporting an anti muslim, pro war, fear mongering candidate like Johnson. The major national groups like CAIR or ISNA would crucify me, i would be cast as the new Zuhdi Jasser, and our work would be dead in the water. 
A candidate who cites Frank Gaffney in debates, apologizes for suggesting a ban or “the burka” by saying muslims lie and beat their wives, lies about who funds terrorism, uses shariah scaremongering, lies and encourages conflict with Iran, seriously, the delegates may as well have nominated Ted Cruz in track shoes. 
For those of you who can’t stomach me putting my personal career ahead of your new messiah, you’ll have to get over it, or take the door on the left, be sure to shut it on your way out. 
I’m trying to bring a PRINCIPLED message of liberty to 1.7 billion people across the globe, the facty a Johnson /Weld ticket was possible has already done an untold amount of damage to what i am trying to do, and i will be damned if i will burn the whole thing to the ground to support two republican inflitrators that sound more like Bush/Cheney than Hospers/Nathan


Steve Scheetz
Pennsylvania delegate

To those NOT happy with the Libertarian Party nomination of President and Vice President, and were not here.
I felt the pulse of the delegates during the presidential debates, and what I saw told me that Gary Johnson would win during the second round…. (I continued to work for Darryl W. Perry, of course, but Johnson’s support in that room was really strong)
Here, on the convention floor in Orlando, we had over 1000 delegates seated. There were a few, but not many empty seats due to some states requirements for qualifying to be delegate. In the PA delegation, we had 42 slots, and 42 were filled with several alternates sitting here with us INCLUDING D Frank Robinson, (and I am proud to have been able to offer one of the founders of the Libertarian Party a credentialed delegate seat in our delegation)
I lobbied other delegations on the floor for Will Coley and Larry Sharpe, because Will and Larry were the two Libertarians in the race. We worked this long and hard, but the Johnson Weld support did not waver enough. HOWEVER there were those who left the floor when their presidential candidate did not win leaving empty delegate slots. Slots which were not able to be filled. YES, we had the largest attendance in the HISTORY of LP conventions, Weld won with 50.5% of the vote, but we had empty delegate seats, and many of the people who left were NOT Weld supporters.
If only a few more of you could have been there to help shape the decision of the convention body….
On a side note, Will Coley, who I was PROUD to nominate for Vice President, was a class act when he asked me to help him leave the race before round 2 voting so he could throw his supporters to Sharpe.
Finally, I would like to say that we STILL have an opportunity to push the Libertarian Message. Even if you do not like what you see at the top of the ticket, there are local candidates, many of whom share your philosophy, many of whom will work to share what being Libertarian actually means! Help us, even if you do not wish to help them! Now is the time to come together as Libertarians and work to continue that which we all know is an ultra marathon project, and that is telling people that they do not need government to tell them how to live their lives or spend their money. 
I long for the day when Government becomes obsolete, but that day is not tomorrow. Johnson / Weld is NOT a perfect ticket, in fact, it is not really a good ticket, but it is the ticket that was decided. There is more than enough blame to go around, and NO, I will not go there. but I will say that we have a lot of work to do, not much time to do it. We need to come together as Libertarians and finish what we started! My name is Steve Scheetz and I am running for LNC At Large!

Governor William Weld wins Vice President on Libertarian’s second ballot

31 May
Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld was narrowly nominated with 51% of the vote on a very close second ballot to be the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate.  He beat a relatively unknown, but well spoken and photogenic African American libertarian from New York, Larry Sharpe, who got 46% of the vote on the second ballot.

While Libertarian delegates to their nominating convention in Orlando were listening to endorsements of their vice presidential contenders, Donald Trump weighed in, charging that Governor William Weld, was too fond of happy hour.
Trump was probably not trying to hurt – or help – Weld’s chances with the Libertarian delegates – and with American voters who are fond of cocktails – but instead trying to pay Weld back for comments comparing Trump’s immigration policies to Kristallnacht.
Weld failed at 4:30 pm to win the LP nomination on the first ballot, as Gary Johnson had failed to win on the first ballot earlier, also receiving only 49% of the vote.  Larry Sharpe, the only African American running for either the presidential or vice presidential nods, was second with 30%.
Running against Weld were several candidates:  Alicia Dearn, a West Coast ballot attorney who had worked on Johnson’s 2012 campaign; Larry Sharpe, a motivational speaker from New York;  William Coley, a Muslim convert  from Tennessee who founded Muslims for Liberty and hosts an Internet radio show, “Call to Freedom;” and Derrick Grayson, a minister.
Judd Weiss, a Los Angeles commercial realtor had dropped out before the voting because his preferred presidential candidate, McAfee anti-virus creator John McAfee, was not nominated.  After the first ballot, Coley announced he would drop out to throw his support to Sharpe before a second ballot.
Between the first and second ballot a somewhat befuddled national committee member, Jim Lark, a mathematics professor from Virginia, attempted to manage the convention to provide a break to national chair Nicholas Sarwark, a Colorado attorney.  During this time a heavy set male, who appeared to be an amateur, somehow gained access to the main stage and seemed to be about to rap, or perhaps lead delegates in calisthenics.  He then began stripping, all of which was available to C Span, which broadcast the convention.  Convention delegates then discussed suspending or revoking the LP memberships of the stripper and anyone involved.

Libertarian convention rumors

30 May
The Libertarian Party convention, concluding today after nominating Gary Johnson and William Weld, had a number of rumors and minor fiascos.

Here are some of the rumors:

1) Gary Johnson delegates had exclusive access to a block of rooms at the convention hotel, the Rosen Centre.

In reality anyone going to the convention website, a nation builder website, could click through to a hotel reservation website where a block of below market priced rooms were available.  By Wednesday before the convention most area hotels were sold out though.

2) Gary Johnson delegates were paid to be delegates.

Maybe about two of them, who were paid to run his media or Our America Initiative, who were also delegates.

3) Muslims for Liberty founder and vice presidential hopeful William Coley instigated a drunken protest against Gary Johnson by another delegate who was escorted out by police.

Coley denies responsibility.

Gary Johnson nominated Libertarian candidate on second ballot

29 May
Posted on Breitbart this morning.

Nine hundred and eleven delegates at the Libertarian nominating convention in Orlando did not choose two term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson to be their presidential nominee on the first ballot Sunday at 11:55 am, as he received only 49% of the vote.  Party rules require 51% of the vote, or 456 delegates.
On a second ballot complete at 12:58 pm Johnson was elected with 55% of the vote.
A separate vote will be taken later today for the vice presidential nominee, where Johnson is hoping delegates will choose former two term Massahcusetts Governor William Weld as his running mate.  In his acceptance speech Johnson appealed to delegates to accept his choice of William Weld to increase the Libertarian Party’s chances of being included in the Presidential Debates with Democrats and Republicans.
One of Johnson’s opponents, Cleveland Clinic anesthesiologist Marc Allan Feldman, had actually provided emergency medical care, along with Canada Libertarian Party leader Tim Moen, a firefighter and EMT,  to someone not at the convention who was struck by a car on International Drive outside the Rosen Centre, where the nominating convention is being held all weekend.  Feldman’s possibly life saving work, and his rather good stand up comedy at a final debate Saturday night, did not push him over the top.  Feldman received only 7% of the vote.
Johnson’s two top competitors, former FOX News producer Austin Petersen and McAfee anti-virus creator John McAfee, received 21% and 14% of the vote, respectively, on the first ballot.
The Saturday night final debate was rather interesting visually, with five candidates on the stage.  From left to right: Dr. Feldman, short, funny, and Jewish, really is a gifted comic; former FOX associate producer Austin Petersen, young, good looking, and slick, came across as a professional sales person, like a high end realtor; Governor Johnson, who  has the persona of a corporate or political team leader/pep squad leader; New Hampshire activist Daryl Perry, the most radical of the candidates, whose unusual features and long hair do make him look like a wild eyed anarchist; and John McAfee, whose sun damaged complexion, expensive suits, and heavy highlights make him look like a very wealthy person gone dissolute.
Among people not actually running for the nomination both performance artist Vermin Supreme, who was in attendance, and former Congressman Ron Paul, who was not at the convention, each received one vote.
Later today the delegates will elect a vice presidential nominee, a new party chairman, and a vice chairman.
Though no Mexican flags have been flown, ta rumor circulated that he LP may have joined Trump rallies in protests by Muslim political groups.  Saturday night during the final presidential debate, one drunken delegate was escorted out of the hotel by police. The rumor was that the delegate was induced to protest Gary Johnson by William Coley, who is running gainst Governor William Weld, Johnson’s choice for running mate.  Coley, a Tennessee native, is a Muslim convert and founder of the group Muslims for Liberty.  Johnson was almost alone in the Saturday night debate in opposing the Iran Deal, denouncing Iran as the major funder of terrorism in the world.  The rumor was the Coley incited the drunken delegate to disrupt proceedings, not that the group Muslims for Liberty, did.  I asked William Coley and he denies this, saying he was simply in a hospitality suite with the delegate earlier that evening.

Like Democrats and GOP, Libertarian "establishment" faces challengers

29 May
This was published yesterday at Breitbart.

Libertarians are holding a five day long nominating convention in Orlando this Memorial Day weekend, expected to nominate former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for President and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld as his Vice Presidential candidate running mate.
The Libertarians nominate their candidates slightly earlier than the major parties, as they must petition to get on the ballot in some states where they have not yet won permanent ballot status, and must have the candidates’ names on petitions.  Since 1980 the Libertarians have usually been on all 50 state ballots.  As of yesterday the LP had completed filing for 32 state ballots, with 18 and the District of Columbia to go.
The convention is being held at the north end – the posh end – of Orlando’s verdant, tree lined International Drive, at the Rosen Centre, a cluster of hotels and a giant convention center.  The Libertarians are sharing the space with a comic con convention that features William Shatner.  People dressed as comic book superheroes or Japanese anime characters occasionally wander through the Libertarian convention space, where C-Span, the Washington Post, MSNBC, reason magazine, and The Huffington Post have been interviewing delegates and candidates since Wednesday night.
Over 900 delegates and 300 alternates are expected by Sunday morning, when the vote will be taken to determine who will be the party’s nominees, but by Friday morning, when votes were being taken on bylaws and platforms, less than half had arrived.
The longer convention has created a Hillary problem for Governor Johnson, the front runner, and the party’s 2012 nominee, as a debate among the dozen or more Libertarians seeking the nomination is sponsored by one caucus or another almost daily.  Johnson’s image is somewhat diminished by appearing on stage to debate Libertarian opponents like Marc Allen Feldman, a Cleveland Clinic medical doctor who has never held political office.  If Johnson refused to appear, then like Hillary, he would look evasive and like he can’t handle questions.
Johnson seems favored to win, but there is much grumbling about his Sarah Palinish refusal to study up on policy issues, and prepare well crafted answers to likely media questions.  As one long time Libertarian maven supporting Johnson told me at a Thursday night opening reception sponsored by long time major LP donors Chris and Melodie Rufer: “Gary Johnson is a jock.  He’s always been a jock.  He doesn’t want to study he wants to go surfing.”  Johnson is famously a triathelete and mountain climber.
Others have complained that Johnson does not like fundraising.  Some say this is part of why Johnson  asked former Governor William Weld, who has noted fundraising skills, as a VP candidate.  But this pick too has caused some discomfort, as some of Johnson’s own supporters complain that Weld is not libertarian enough.
Weld has some previously unreported history with the LIbertarian Party, going back to his days as Governor of Massachusetts in the 1990s.  While Governor, Weld had as a chief staffer Laura Weller, whose resume included being the main paid campaign staffer for John Northrup, the 1982 Libertarian candidate in the New York gubernatorial race.  Weller is the wife of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, who has been campaigning for Weld in his columns.

The Johnson team hopes talking Weld into running will help pull in Republican and independent voters and donors.  One sign that it may be working was the appearance of former FreedomWorks director Matt Kibbe Friday night, who until very recently has preached on the irrelevance of third parties.  When I asked him about this Kibbe said he’s changed his mind.

Concern about the Johnson-Weld ticket has given a boost to Austin Petersen, a former FOX News producer seeking the LP presidential nod.  Petersen has been endorsed by new Libertarian/former Republican strategist Mary Matalin, and also quasi-endorsed by media diva Glenn Beck, who says Austin is “my guy.”  Austin supporters criticize Johnson-Weld for being “Republican lite,” while simultaneously claiming that Petersen, as the only pro-life contender, is best positioned to appeal to conservative Republicans disaffected with Donald Trump.
Petersen has not named a VP running mate, though a variety of people are running against Weld for that spot, including Alicia Dearn, a ballot access lawyer who worked on Johnson’s 2012 campaign, Kerry Douglas McKennon, the chairman of the gay LP caucus Outright Libertarians, and Larry Sharpe, a photogenic African American libertarian.  Johnson’s 2012 VP candidate, federal Judge James Gray, is at the convention as a California delegate.  Weld, Sharpe, Dearn and other VP contenders debated Friday night.  Johnson then introduced Weld to delegates at a cash bar reception, where British actor Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series) attended.  When asked if he was a libertarian Felton answered he was there with a friend.
Libertarians have a history of running “firsts” for VP since 1972, when vice presidential candidate Tonie Nathan was the first woman and the first Jewish American to receive an Electoral College vote (cast by dissident anti-Nixon Elector Roger McBride) and presidential candidate John Hospers was the first, and only, openly gay person to receive a vote from the Electoral College.

Weld for VP? He’d get my vote

27 May

Weld for VP? He’d get my vote

The columnist, Jeff Jacoby, is married to Laura Weller, who was my fellow campaign staffer on John Northrup’s 1982 Libertarian campaign for Governor of New York.

Message from William Weld

26 May

Over the past several days, I have had the opportunity to talk with a great many Delegates to the convention this weekend. With every conversation, I am more excited about our opportunity in 2016 to actually make America better. I understand the time and effort by Libertarian Party members that has built the foundation on which we now proudly stand — and I deeply appreciate those years of work and dedication.
As we all head to Orlando for the convention, I want to take a moment to personally invite you to come by Salon I at the convention facility to talk with me. I know many have questions to ask, and I want to answer them.
All of the media hype and speculation is great, but I know that this nominating convention is about you and me. It’s about you deciding who will be the Libertarian Party’s candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States. That is a serious decision, and I want to insure that any questions or concerns you might have are answered.  
Likewise, I will be at the Delegates-only gathering Friday evening hosted by Governor Johnson. It will be in the Grand Ballroom, and should be a great opportunity to visit.
I am determined to earn your support for the Vice-Presidential nomination, and look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
Governor Bill Weld

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