It has become clear that my attempt to defend the party from the violent Fascists is now perceived by many members to be more dangerous to the party than the threat itself.
Therefore, I resign as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. I resign from all posts in the LPF. I withdraw my membership in the LPF. All actions are effective immediately.
I once believed this party would always stand unwavering to defend our core principles. I now know there is little left to defend.
Adrian Wyllie, Chairman
And from the Libertarian Solutions for Florida Facebook page from the Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Lynn House:
This morning I resigned my position of Vice-Chair of the LPF. My reasons are technical, but you can probably figure it out from reading this page.
Here’s my plan.
I am still a member, still registered Libertarian, still on the National Platform Committee, as far as I know, I’m still Chair of the Membership Committee, and still on the Communications Committee. I haven’t gone far.
The last thing I want is for this Party to divide, so I will divert my attention to creating unity…somehow. Hopefully, with your help.
I prefer to use my time this way than to use it to buck the trend on the EC
Let’s find a way to stand together as proud Libertarians. Where there’s a will…..
Thank you to everyone who spoke to and advised me. That meant a lot. Be assured that things have a way of working out for the best, even now.
These resignations come after an Executive Committee decision on the following motion which was defeated as noted (also from the Libertarian Solutions for Florida Facebook page):
I have made the following motion, and we are initiating an email vote. Please respond with “Yes” or “No”. This is a simple majority vote of members present. For the purpose of this email vote, quorum will be established by the number of EC members responding within 24 hours (by 11:59pm on Monday, 9/28/15). “Abstain” however will not be counted as part of the quorum of members present, per RONR. The quorum will be established by the number of “yes” and “no” votes cast only.
VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE CHAIRMAN – Motion by Adrian Wyllie
LPF Chairman Adrian Wyllie has spoken strongly against Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus, and against LPF members who have affiliations with known neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations. Wyllie has done so without specific authorization of the LPF EC. He has expressed (and he reaffirms here) that he will continue to speak for the LPF on these matters, even without approval from the EC. Therefore, he exceeds his authority as LPF spokesman. I hereby move that Adrian Wyllie be asked to resign.”
This morning the results of the vote were announced. 10 of 18 people voted, all were opposed to this motion. In doing so the EC expressed support for the Chair’s actions.
Prior IPR posts regarding the various controversies surrounding U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus can be found here.
EDIT TO ADD: Here is Vice-Chair House’s resignation email dated September 30, 2015:
Because 10 member of the EC have voted to support the Chair’s position that he may speak for the LPF on matters of his personal opinion without approval from the EC, and in doing so have willfully voted to violate Bylaw provision Article III, Section 3a and Standing Rule Article VIII, Section 1.
Because this is the second time the LPF has ignored its own rules, the first time being at convention when the delegates ignored provisions for previous notice.
Because our bylaws are a contract with the membership.
Because fraud is deliberate deception to secure unfair gain.
Because initiating fraud is a violation of the NAP
I find that the LPF EC has knowingly violated the terms of a contract and has defrauded the membership, thereby violating the NAP.
Therefore, I am in good conscious compelled to resign my position as Vice-Chair of the LPF EC, effective immediately.
It is not my intention to resign my membership or change my voter registration. I would like to remain Chair of the Membership Committee and active on the Communications Committee.