Dr. Steve Newton on LNC At Large Opening

Reposted here, with permission, from:

http://delawarelibertarian.blogspot.com/2012/09/what-i-want-in-next-libertarian.html

 

What I want in the next Libertarian National Committee At-large position

Now that Wayne Root has abruptly discovered he’s a Republican (and, boy, wasn’t that a shock to the entire Libertarian Party), we are left with an at-large position on the LNC to fill.

Independent Political Report is carrying the statements of a lot (all?) self-nominees, and you can read them for yourself.

I’m not endorsing anybody here, I’m just going to make a statement from one county LP chairman out in the boondocks about what I want in the person who takes this position.

My requirements are short and sweet:

I need somebody at the LNC who is going to turn the national LP into an organization that funnels resources toward the state affiliates.  That doesn’t have to mean money.  It could mean helping us find and negotiate places to do cheap campaign printing.  It could mean providing help with generating national press releases that cover local and state candidates.  It could mean running candidate boot camps ala Campaign for Liberty.  It could mean a lot of stuff that doesn’t seem to be a priority to the LNC right now.

I need somebody at the LNC who is going to support and help build on the amazing campaign organization that is boot-strapping itself into existence in the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign.  This campaign has been an improvised (and often quite messy) mix of top-down and bottom-up, and we’ve both made mistakes and pulled off some amazing coups.  We’ve undoubtedly attracted more attention than any other LP presidential campaign in history.  That organization needs to become both the model and the basis for continuing endeavors at the national level.

I need somebody at the LNC that will actually tell people that nobody out here trying to elect state representatives actually gives a shit about an LP headquarters building, or the ridiculous bylaws requirement that prevents anybody who cannot fund thousands of dollars of independent travel each year from being part of the LNC.  There is no damn reason that many LNC meetings cannot be held online via video conferencing, and that the money thus saved cannot be turned back into support actual campaigning and issues advocacy.

I need somebody at the LNC who actually brings a strategy that will get Libertarians elected.  It is not f–king brain surgery.  We need to analyze our state LPs and find a district in Texas or Arkansas or Colorado or wherever where we have (a) a strong, committed candidate; (b) a weak incumbent; and (c) local activists, and then the LP needs to coordinate pouring in a shitload of  money and expertise to go all out to win an election to a state legislative position.  In many states this will only require a few thousand votes.  The amazing failure of vision of the LNC to pursue this sort of strategy appalls me.

I need somebody at the LNC who will organize issue advocacy and actually — USE the damn internet and new media to do issue advocacy tied to the Libertarian brand 24/7/365 even in–especially in–the off election years.

It’s that damn simple.  If I had a vote (which I never will), you’d need to impress me with four out of five or I’d vote for “None of the Above” and save somebody the plane fare.

Steve Newton is the Delaware State Director for Gary Johnson 2012.  Dr. Newton earned his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, specializing in military history. His extant publishing record includes monographs on the Civil War and World War II. Dr. Newton also serves as associate chair of the North and South Magazine, worked as the President of Delaware State’s AAUP chapter from Fall 2007 though Spring 2009 and can be reached by email at: snewton929@aol.com 

10 thoughts on “Dr. Steve Newton on LNC At Large Opening

  1. Eric Sundwall

    Tell me what brand of whiskey Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.

    James Campbell is the LP candidate in NY York’s newly revised 108th Assembly district. There is no Republican in the race.

    https://www.facebook.com/jcassembly

    I think brain surgery is easier than electing a Libertarian to the NYS Assembly. The effort is sincere none the less.

    The LNC as a 1.5 million dollar budget (quibbler’s chime in with real number) to spread very thin. There is nothing stopping affiliates from being successful, once that context is understood.

    Good luck, have fun – all LP candidates.

  2. paulie

    Now that Wayne Root has abruptly discovered he’s a Republican (and, boy, wasn’t that a shock to the entire Libertarian Party), we are left with an at-large position on the LNC to fill.

    Independent Political Report is carrying the statements of a lot (all?) self-nominees, and you can read them for yourself.

    We can only print the ones we receive, but as far as I know we will print all of the ones we receive.

    I’m not endorsing anybody here, I’m just going to make a statement from one county LP chairman out in the boondocks about what I want in the person who takes this position.

    My requirements are short and sweet:

    I need somebody at the LNC who is going to turn the national LP into an organization that funnels resources toward the state affiliates. That doesn’t have to mean money. It could mean helping us find and negotiate places to do cheap campaign printing. It could mean providing help with generating national press releases that cover local and state candidates. It could mean running candidate boot camps ala Campaign for Liberty. It could mean a lot of stuff that doesn’t seem to be a priority to the LNC right now.

    I favor that kind of stuff, and I am always looking for more specific suggestions to pass along to the rest of the committee. Please bear in mind that just because I pass
    ideas along it does not mean they will do anything with them, though.

    I need somebody at the LNC who is going to support and help build on the amazing campaign organization that is boot-strapping itself into existence in the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign. This campaign has been an improvised (and often quite messy) mix of top-down and bottom-up, and we’ve both made mistakes and pulled off some amazing coups. We’ve undoubtedly attracted more attention than any other LP presidential campaign in history. That organization needs to become both the model and the basis for continuing endeavors at the national level.

    I am willing to work with you and others on that.

    I need somebody at the LNC that will actually tell people that nobody out here trying to elect state representatives actually gives a shit about an LP headquarters building, or the ridiculous bylaws requirement that prevents anybody who cannot fund thousands of dollars of independent travel each year from being part of the LNC. There is no damn reason that many LNC meetings cannot be held online via video conferencing, and that the money thus saved cannot be turned back into support actual campaigning and issues advocacy.

    Agreed about conferencing. As for the money saved, it belongs to individuals. We might hope that they would spend it on those things, but it is their money to do with as they see fit.

    As far as the building, some people do give a shit about it; those are the ones that donate to that project. Some people don’t; they are the ones who won’t. The same goes for other projects. That is the beauty of project based fundraising.

    Every successful political organization I have seen does it.

    I need somebody at the LNC who actually brings a strategy that will get Libertarians elected. It is not f–king brain surgery. We need to analyze our state LPs and find a district in Texas or Arkansas or Colorado or wherever where we have (a) a strong, committed candidate; (b) a weak incumbent; and (c) local activists, and then the LP needs to coordinate pouring in a shitload of money and expertise to go all out to win an election to a state legislative position. In many states this will only require a few thousand votes. The amazing failure of vision of the LNC to pursue this sort of strategy appalls me.

    Sometimes such opportunities arise unexpectedly. For example, see

    http://www.ballot-access.org/2012/09/20/south-carolina-has-a-legislative-race-with-only-an-independent-and-a-libertarian-on-the-ballot/

    I need somebody at the LNC who will organize issue advocacy and actually — USE the damn internet and new media to do issue advocacy tied to the Libertarian brand 24/7/365 even in–especially in–the off election years.

    We had a few campaigns like that back in the 90s. Would be nice to see that again.

    It’s that damn simple. If I had a vote (which I never will), you’d need to impress me with four out of five or I’d vote to leave the position open and save somebody the plane fare.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Hope to hear a lot more of it from lots of people!

  3. Steve Newton

    I’m certainly not self-nominating.

    But I’m trying to change the conversation.

    Everybody has critiqued what Jim or Guy or Mark or Pauli wrote themselves.

    I think we owe it to the people who go to the trouble to self-nominate to tell them exactly what we are looking for in an at-large LNC candidate.

    I’m not mincing words, and if that strike you as venting spleen, I can live with that.

  4. paulie

    Everybody has critiqued what Jim or Guy or Mark or Pauli wrote themselves.

    Paul, or Paulie. The i and the e are a package deal.
    The criticsm is appreciated. I hope Guy, Mark and others whose applications are yet to be posted will also be available for interaction here.

    I think we owe it to the people who go to the trouble to self-nominate to tell them exactly what we are looking for in an at-large LNC candidate.

    I appreciate the effort, and hope to hear more along these lines from others.

    What is everyone here looking for in a new At Large rep?

  5. From Der Sidelines

    Thank you for clarifying.

    What is needed on the LNC is people who know what they are doing, are not GOP-lite or DP-lite, are actual libertarians instead of fakers, and not entrenched.

    That eliminates most of the current leadership and deservedly so.

  6. paulie

    No problem; thanks.

    Any other readers have detailed write-ups for what they want to see from LNC members like the article above?

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