The internecine conflict has its roots in allegations of child molestation levied against one of the party’s many “favorite son” vice-presidential candidates, John Wayne Smith of Florida — who also happened to be the state party’s chairman. When informed of the allegations against Mr. Smith, Davidson’s opinion was that the national party officers needed to be informed. Others apparently disagreed.
As for allegations that Mr. Davidson thought he had the “right to monitor private conversations that take place between BTP Florida members,” Davidson responded: “Charles Jay is lying. I didn’t demand insight into all his private conversations. I explicitly said that the campaign can run its affairs any which way.”
John Wayne Smith, who will still be on the Florida ballot as Charles Jay’s running mate, resigned his post as BTP of Florida chairman and deleted the party’s Yahoo! group prior to the state party’s disaffiliation.