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Libertarians Against Landham petition

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We the undersigned believe that Sonny Landham should not be endorsed, approved, or supported by the Libertarian Party of Kentucky as a candidate for Senate or any other office.

Mr. Landham has proven from his comments that he is not a libertarian, and many of his recent statements and positions have been both ideologically incorrect and socially repugnant. Libertarians do not support genocidal war, war based on economic motives, or race-based immigration restrictions, to mention just a few of Mr. Landham’s very un-libertarian positions. Nor do Libertarians (or any freedom-minded individuals, we would hope) support the sort of reckless racial stereotyping and denigration of whole nationalities that has been the underpinning of Mr. Landham’s most widely-reported remarks.

Therefore, we the undersigned assert that the Libertarian Party of Kentucky needs to take immediate action to:
–rescind their endorsement of Sonny Landham’s candidacy; and
–remove his name from any petitions or ballot-access efforts that may be underway; and
–publicly, officially, and in the firmest terms possible, disavow the racist and un-libertarian statements Mr. Landham has been making under the “Libertarian” banner; and
–initiate a public relations campaign sufficient to repair the damage that’s been done to the party’s image in Kentucky, especially among minority populations.

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  1. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | July 29, 2008

    Looks like it worked 🙂

  2. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz July 28, 2008

    What’s so fascinating? This is Dondero’s rhetoric exactly.

  3. aynrkey aynrkey July 28, 2008

    It is fascinating over at TPW watching Dondero act as apologist for this guy. He really thinks that this guy is a great candidate for the LP.

    Or he really thinks this guy is an awful candidate and will further Dondero’s ambition to destroy the LP.

  4. Lance Brown Lance Brown July 28, 2008


    If I had confidence you were going to “handle yours on your own” I wouldn’t have started a petition. The LPKY doesn’t operate in a vacuum. AP stories go out to outlets all over the world.

  5. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore July 28, 2008

    I think he’s just a little testy because no one intervened when he felt it was necessary. But I think this is a little more serious than that event.

  6. George Donnelly George Donnelly July 28, 2008

    Houillion: To have a racist, anti-property-rights person running under the LP banner hurts all Libertarians.

    If you’re a Libertarian, then why would you expect others to fight your battles for you? Why wouldn’t self-reliance be among your primary principles? Why wouldn’t you say “We can handle our own problems ourselves in KY”?

    And if so, then surely you can handle separating a racist anti-property-rights person and the good name of the Libertarian Party?

    I’m new to the LP, so I don’t have knowledge of what you’re angry about, but come on. Why would you be content with a racist/fascist representing our party, and especially at such a high level?

  7. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | July 28, 2008

    Landham is a national embarrassment.

  8. Houillion Houillion July 28, 2008

    In 2007, when the LNC Regional Rep Bob Barr left his own state and Region and came into Kentucky and started campaigning for Neo-Con Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher, a candidate the LPKY was against, no one spoke up or wrote on blogs to offer support though a request for aid was sent out. In previous years requests for aid and money to help petitioning were sent out, they were ignored. Now, all of the sudden, everyone wants to be involved in Kentucky’s LP. I’ve got a little message for you now:

    Mind your own damn business! We’ll handle ours on our own just like we have been doing for a long time.

  9. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | July 28, 2008


    And, I was already Finnish a long time ago.

  10. donald raymond lake donald raymond lake July 28, 2008

    Hey Paulie, in a short while, will you be ‘Finnish’ ??

    Sorry, sorry, slow news day. As a Non Lib, I sincerely regret the ‘problems’ you are having with this loose cannon. May be no publicity is better than bad publicity!

  11. Lance Brown Lance Brown July 28, 2008

    …and thanks to paulie for posting this BTW. 🙂

  12. Lance Brown Lance Brown July 28, 2008

    I’ve been mulling over a Barr petition, but it wouldn’t be to get him removed, it would be to ask him to be more libertarian. The situation with Barr is a lot more nuanced, IMO. Landham’s is pretty clear cut.

    FWIW, I’m not really dialed into the whole libertarian discussion list network these days, so I’d appreciate any help in getting the word out. (Especially, obviously, among Kentucky Libertarians.)

    I aim to bring this to the attention of the LPKY early Monday afternoon, in anticipation of their possible conference call Monday night. Hopefully there will be at least enough signatories to get the point across by then, or by Tuesday if they end up meeting then instead.

  13. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | July 27, 2008

    You can’t add Barr to Lance’s petition (except in the comments, but they would not be going to the people you intend them to). You can start your own petition about Barr.

    You can ask Sean whatever questions you want until they hang up on you :-p

  14. Arthur Torrey Arthur Torrey July 27, 2008

    Two questions…
    1. Can we add Barr?
    2. Can we ask questions about Sean’s “burning” problem?


  15. Robert Burack Robert Burack July 27, 2008

    Yes, for Haugh.

  16. Robert Burack Robert Burack July 27, 2008

    Hear the entire interview with Ken Molleman on tonight’s edition of “The Weekly Filibuster” at

    And on tomorrow’s show we’ll be exclusively talking with LP National Political Director Sean Haugh about the Landham controversy, and the LP’s slow response. He’ll be taking calls live.

  17. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | July 27, 2008

    Actually I’m not in too much of a hurry. I’m just Russian.

  18. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | July 27, 2008

    It’s actually more of a nickname than a last name.

    My real last name is not for publication due to death threats, etc.

  19. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore July 27, 2008

    Paulie must be in a hurry. Forgot his last name.

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