Many radicals assumed that so long as Wayne Allyn Root and Bob Barr could not combine for at least 50% after several ballots, the nomination would eventually go to Mary Ruwart. This assumption was premised on the notion that the supporters of all other candidates would filter to the last “anti-conservative” standing. This was not the case.
An inside source reports that Mike Gravel instructed his supporters to consider Root and was outraged at the notion that he might endorse Mary. He cited the “child pornography” scandal as a reason for withholding his support, but other convention insiders have suggested it had more to do with a missed meeting.
Yesterday, Gravel organized a meeting at George Phillies’s suite, with Phillies and Kubby, that was intended to include Ruwart. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss “strategy.” Mary’s campaign was given the message, but it did not get to Mary, who did not know about the meeting when questioned about it today.
As for George Phillies, many of his supporters went to Barr once Dr. Phillies had been eliminated. It is not known whether he instructed them to or not. What is known is that he did not instruct them to vote against Barr, as many had expected he would.
Wayne Allyn Root was overheard trying to get copies of a recent anti-Mary article to the convention floor. The article dealt with her views on child sex.
Steve Kubby hoped that his candidacy for vice president could “save the party.” The normally jovial Kubby was noticeably solemn once Barr had secured the nomination.
Many supporters encouraged Mary Ruwart to seek the vice-presidential nomination, but she declined, saying she could not support a candidate who favored drug prohibition and a national sales tax.
Fliers for the Boston Tea Party circulated after the alleged “Republican takeover.” Mary Ruwart was invited to be the party’s candidate, but she did not seem to give the matter serious consideration. Others have talked about starting Libertarians for McKinney and Libertarians for Baldwin.
The divide in the Libertarian Party is quite pronounced. It should be noted, however, that a minority of Ruwart supporters did adorn themselves with Barr buttons following his nomination, but many were dismayed further when Kubby failed to secure the V.P. slot.