Recently I went to the California American Independent Party website because I was curious about the name change of America’s Independent Party to America’s Party, and I wanted to see if I could find any statement about it there. To my surprise I could find no mention of America’s Party or America’s Independent Party at all, so I sent an e-mail to Tom Hoefling asking if CA AIP was still affiliated with A’sP. He referred me to Mark Robinson of the CA AIP for comment. Below is the reply I got from Mr. Robinson which contains two revelations that might be of interest to IPR readers. First, the CA AIP is no longer affiliated with A’sP. Second, the AIP intends to establish itself as a national party.
The American Independent Party is still listed with the Secretary of State as affiliated with America ’s Independent Party of Michigan. There is no disaffiliation procedure set up in the California Elections Code. That code however presumes the existence of a national party with which we are affiliated. The Executive Committee of the American Independent Party of which I am Chairman recently gave me the go-ahead to formulate a National Party Plan which we expect to implement well before our Convention in early June. The AIP must choose its national party affiliation at its biennial convention and organizing meeting and so inform the Secretary of State. We expect at this moment that we will be informing her of our affiliation with a revived national American Independent Party.
America’s Independent Party now renamed America ’s Party and the American Independent Party have made an amicable parting of the ways organizationally and remain close political allies.
The reasons for parting are different for each party. For America ’s Party the reason is political and you will have to ask them about it. For the American Independent Party of California the political differences were not sufficient to impel it to a separation. However the organizational reasons were. The American Independent Party of California found a lack of expected progress by America ’s Independent Party towards good organization and funding at the national level and similarly the failure to stand up true state affiliate peers to the American Independent Party of California. We were 85% of the Constitution Party’s voter registration when we left it and 99% of the America ’s Independent Party’s voter registration when we left it. Any party we leave becomes instantly the fastest shrinking party in the US and similarly the one we join becomes the fastest growing 3rd party in the US .
The National Party Plan has many components, but rest assured that among its goals are 50 well-organized, well-funded state affiliates with substantial voter registration. We are aware of course that 2/5ths of the States lack partisan registration. Since we intend to adopt a Standing Caucus form of organization in each State, the real measure of our success will be the number of consistent participants in such caucuses. In such a measure, our goal is to exceed the size of the official party organizations of the two major parties combined. We expect political success along the way with electoral success in electing candidates to office to follow close on the heels of that political success.