Wes Wagner, Chair of the LP Oregon, reports multiple pre-Convention demands for documentation of his legitimacy, and that of the LP Oregon delegates, from the credentials committee, at least one member of the state chairs list and others.
Others have reported a desire to “settle this matter once and for all” by a vote of the Columbus convention delegates.
Mr. Wagner has responded that the convention delegates will, likely, have neither the time, nor the interest, in carefully reviewing the matter; that such debate in Columbus will be a waste of valuable time; that such efforts seem designed by forces opposed to the real liberty advancing work of the LP to destroy the party; and that the judicial committee is the appropriate venue for such detailed, prolonged review of disputes of this nature.
Further, Mr. Wagner, has pointed to what he has concluded is an organized attempt by non-libertarians to control, distract or destroy the party and that at least some such efforts have been funded by those with republican party connections, including Messrs. Starr and Burke (see, for example, this prior IPR coverage HERE).
In response to these demands/requests/and rumors of a potential delegate fight, Mr. Wagner has provided IPR with the following for pre-Convention public review:
“There are been some requests for documents regarding Oregon, all of which are of course publicly available.”
(Note: Linked below –ed.)
“Apparently there is and has been surreptitious lobbying occurring in order to attempt to convince people to convince their delegations to seat a group of delegates that are not the actual delegation from Oregon (again) and/or take other positions on the matter.
“This entire affair has of course been a long drawn out circus orchestrated by Aaron Starr and Richard Burke (Starr also has invested almost $100,000 into the circus).)
“The lawsuit was dismissed (see IPR coverage HERE)
“There is no stay of the dismissal while it is being appealed. Appeals can and often do take several years in Oregon. It is likely the appeal will still be ongoing waiting for an opinion through the next presidential election.
“The Oregon Secretary of State has on several occasions made an administrative ruling on this matter. (Libertarian Leadership 2011-3).
“Administrative rulings in Oregon are binding if not appealed within 90 days due to the administrative procedures act. As a result this ruling is, in our legal opinion, irreversible and has been for a number of years. When Reeves, Burke, Starr, et.al. sued us rather than the Oregon Secretary of State, they sued the wrong parties.
“Notwithstanding that, their case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. If the LNC wanted to reverse who the officers are in the State of Oregon, the LNC would meet the same roadblock.
“Of course that is not an issue, because, since before the convention in 2012 the LNC already recognizes the current officers of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.
“Additionally, Geoff Neale has made some of his opinions on the matter public, HERE.
“If you want to know more about the lawsuit, read the transcripts, etc, it is all on my scribd account.
(Note: 52 documents posted there at present; court filings, depositions, motions, declarations, replies to motions, etc. Not recommended for those with limited time nor for those with an aversion to either legalese, judicial convolution or both – ed.)
“The long and short of it is that there are some very politically aggressive people who happen to always wind up being associated with the republican party in some way who seem to continue to commit acts of aggression against our more successful libertarian affiliates. I have my suspicions about people who continue pursuing invariably the same object and how it evinces a design … however I would ask that you reject their attempts to reopen an issue that should be long settled.
“The people of Oregon had an opportunity to weigh in on these issues long ago, see THIS.
“I am sure you can understand how difficult it is to get 96.5% of libertarians to agree on anything and how far beyond the pale the actions of the other side must have been in order for such a strong referendum to be posted against them.
“As it stands relations between the average Libertarian in Oregon and the national organization are extremely poor and there is much healing to be done. The entire affair was an artificial crisis created by the previous LNC leadership, Mr. Starr and Mr. Burke — most of which were kicked out of office in Las Vegas after the reality of their acts had time to be discussed.
“It does not do the party any good to attempt to reopen that fraudulent crisis and replay it. Whatever minutes of debate that might be invested in it on the convention floor will not provide ample time and consideration to get to the truths of the matter and allowing the circus to occur only permits additional acts of fraud.
“This issue was examined in more detail than it should have by the previous LNC leadership, the previous Judicial Committee (given that we are a sovereign entity) … which still ultimately ruled in our favor.
“Additionally the Circuit Court in Oregon did not see a compelling interest in taking the case to trial.
“We have more important things to invest our time on than trying to oppress Libertarians in Oregon for the sake of Mr. Starr’s personal political ambitions.”