Richard P. Burke (“Libertarian Party of Oregon” PAC Secretary) Endorsing Trump for Primary

Richard P. Burke is a well-known figure to those interested in the dispute over the recognized Libertarian Party affiliate in Oregon which is presently The Libertarian Party of Oregon, chaired by Lars Hebdor. As of a few days ago, Mr. Burke, who retains his seat as Secretary of the PAC written about on IPR here earlier today, has publicly given support for the campaign of Republican Donald Trump.

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Mr. Burke was contacted for a comment and provided the following (unedited):

This is only for the GOP nomination. I think a Trump nomination would shake more loose and create more openings for the Libertarian ticket nationwide than a Kruse or Kasich nomination would. My arrangement with the Trump campaign is only through the May 17th Oregon primary election. Since 1990 I have never opposed or worked against a Libertarian general election candidate nominated by the Libertrarian Party in accordance with bylaws adopted by its members in convention.

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47 thoughts on “Richard P. Burke (“Libertarian Party of Oregon” PAC Secretary) Endorsing Trump for Primary

  1. Thane Eichenauer

    Sharing a page on Facebook is an endorsement? That seems like a stretch to me.
    The link above for “has publicly given support” is not publicly viewable.

  2. Richard P. Burke

    My Facebook entry corroborates the statement I gave to Carol Ann Harlos. You will note that in the threat, I said, “We need to shake up things to create space for innovators to maneuver and rise.” (Of course, we as Libertarians are the innovators).

    Love him or hate him, If Trump is the nominee, there will be a significant political re-alignment in this country. Chunks of the electorate will shake loose, and I can’t see how this does anything but create opportunities for the LP to stake out a larger share of the electorate. We’ll have an unusual opportunity, and I see that as a good thing.

    Disagree? Fair enough. Every possible configuration of major party nominees offers third-party candidates different openings. Hopefully our candidate will be able to take advantage of them. I think a Trump nomination creates the most openings for us for reasons outlined above. But to characterize this as a betrayal on my part of the eventual LP nominee is disingenuous, a mischaracterization, and wrong.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  3. George Phillies

    One could propose that Trump or blocking Trump will blow up the Republican Party, which is not a bad deal.

    Our Massachusetts press release today

    Libertarian Association of Massachusetts
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Run As a Libertarian?

    Worcester, Massachusetts. April 18. Recently, dissident elements from the Republican Party approached the Libertarian Party. Interviewed in the Washington Times, Libertarian National Chair Nick Sarwark reported “We have been approached by candidates who have dropped out of the old party
    races about running on the Libertarian Party ticket”. These dissident Republican candidates are no sense libertarian. They only want to use the Libertarian ballot line.

    Libertarian State Chair George Phillies explained Massachusetts ballot access: “In Massachusetts, the Libertarian State Committee can’t put people on the ballot. To run as a Libertarian, you must take out nominating papers and collect signatures. The rule is the same no matter if the papers call the candidate a “Libertarian” or “GOP”. If a dissident Republican runs as a Libertarian, he will confuse voters. On the bright side, he will show that Republicans support important Libertarian stands, like ending the war on drugs, ending our foreign wars, making massive cuts in the defense budget, ending the national surveillance state, and supporting unrestricted abortion access.”

    –30–

    For more information, contact Libertarian State Chair George Phillies
    508-754-1859
    phillies@4liberty.net
    http://www.lpmass.org/lists/lt.php?id=ZEtQBUgGBU9TUQ

    More background:
    http://www.lpmass.org/lists/lt.php?id=ZEtQDkgGBU9TUQ

  4. Pete Blome

    It is apparent that if you have an “arrangement” with the Trump campaign that means you are working for him publicly. As a public figure in the Oregon LP (I hope I have that right), making a public show of support for another Party candidate, even with the caveat you are coming back on 17 May, is bad leadership and bad politics. Unless your desire is for all Libertarians to stop working for our own candidates, work for another Party, and then come back on the 17th, you shouldn’t be doing this. It’s called leading by example. Even then it is a bad idea because it introduces a distinct reason not to trust your motives. A normal citizen can do this, but a Party leader? No, sorry.

  5. Richard P. Burke

    Mr. Blome,

    Your point is well-taken. But given that I have been an LPO member and registered Libertarian since 1990, am a former gubernatorial nominee for the LP, and have been active for decades, I have earned a bank of trust from LPO members (at least those on our side of the factional fence). If a substantial number of them want me to step down, I will, but have not heard any complaints at all (again, from our side of the factional fence). It is clear that you are smart enough to see that I am working for the LP along another front, and I believe people here understand that.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  6. Wes Wagner

    Burke’s lawyer for suing to take over the party and rip it out of the hands of registered Libertarians here in Oregon is an Officer of the Oregon Republican Party.

  7. Lars D. H. Hedbor

    I honestly thought that my opinion of Mr. Burke could drop no lower.

    I was wrong.

    At least he is finally being honest about his attraction to the worst of the GOP’s statist ideas.

  8. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Thank you Richard.

    Richard and I disagree on many things, but I did ask for comment and faithfully reproduced his comment. I felt that people would agree or disagree and this would prompt discussion. I was open with Richard that I was asking for a statement, and I appreciate that he got back to me more promptly than most people.

  9. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    Richard no big deal (this happens to me all the time understandably) but my name is Caryn not Carol. Very common error.

  10. Dave Terry

    Wes Wagner, April 18, 2016 at 21:00
    > “Burke’s lawyer for suing to take over the party and rip it out of the hands of registered
    > Libertarians here in Oregon is an Officer of the Oregon Republican Party.”

    Wes, you should put this ditty to music. Maybe with a ‘twangy guitar’!

  11. Dave Terry

    > Lars D. H. Hedbor, April 18,
    “At least he is finally being honest about his attraction to the worst of the GOP’s statist idea”

    What about the rumor that your barber is a BIG fan of Bernie.
    If this is TRUE, you should resign your position at once! :>)

  12. Jill Pyeatt

    Dave Terry said What about the rumor that your barber is a BIG fan of Bernie.

    You’re probably trying to be funny, but the two situations aren’t analogous at all.

    Burke supporting a Republican is news.

  13. Wes Wagner

    Jill,

    It has been hard on David all these years constantly having to come up with excessively more ludicrous rationalizations for why he became Burke’s butt sniffing lapdog all those years ago just because he needed a “friend” that would say nice things to him so desperately.

    Deep down somewhere, David actually is a libertarian… so this has been very hard on him.

  14. Wes Wagner

    This made it into my random facebook feed:

    Todd A Barnett
    9 hrs ·

    Wendy McElroy Avens O’Brien Austin Wade Emilie Petri Amber Freeman Davidson Easton Sanders Sheldon Richman Jeffrey Tucker Gary Chartier Austin Petersen for President 2016 Wiccans, Witches, and Pagans for Austin Petersen Libertarians for Austin Petersen Meagan Richard Courtney Turner Bryn Biemeck Kristin L. Hawthorne Kim McCurry Libertarian Party of Michigan Libertarian The Libertarian Party Nicole Edgecomb Leslie Nicole Rockett

    I’m sorry, but this dude who is the Libertarian Party of Oregon PAC Secretary uniting behind Donald Trump should be removed from his position and thrown out of the LP.

    We need Libertarian PACs to promote LIBERTARIAN candidates for office, not REPUBLICAN candidates. A state officer of the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s PAC rallying around a political candidate from a major party when it’s a clear-cut conflict of interest is FUCKING mutiny and a slap in the faces of Libertarian supporters, members, activists, and candidates who are trying to defeat Republicans.

    As far as I’m concerned, he’s a turncoat. Turncoats like him should be tarred and feathered.

    URL:

  15. David hiniku

    All,

    I have a good reputation with the majority of the group of people who still accept me. (That is the small group of people who are helping me sue the group that has rejected me.)
    I can tell you — I have a really good reputation with the people who agree with me. That much is sure. As reputations go, mine is one of the best! There is no problem here with reputations. When it comes to people who agree with me, they are indeed in agreement with me. Except those that don’t. But with those that do, they do-let me tell you.

    And I’m going to make the Libertarian Party of Oregon great again!
    I’m going to do that by backing the Republican party’s candidate with the most statist platform. It will help the LPO be great, I’ll tell you. Listen, I’ve got a great reputation. I have one of the best all time reputations and I’m going to make the libertarian party great again by supporting Donald Trump. I never haven’t supported the candidate that followed the exclusionary rules that I created to ensure sure that I get to pick the candidate I support, and I pick Donald Trump. I will make sure that he is the candidate I support before I support him. I will not, I tell you, support him if I don’t support him. You can count on my great reputation for that.

  16. Richard P. Burke

    To clarify and repeat, (particularly for Mr. Wagner, Mr. Hedbor, and folks like Mr. Barnett who probably have not heard my side),

    I support a Trump/Clinton matchup because I think it will cause a grassroots realignment in this country that will shake loose constituencies that Libertarians can pick up. I’m ONLY supporting Trump with respect to the GOP NOMINATION RACE, and that’s the reason why. Same with Clinton on the Democratic side. Such a match up could create great opportunities for the Libertarian nominee, and the entire Libertarian ticket.

    Reasonable people can disagree with my tactics, but it is dishonest to suggest that my support for Trump in the GOP race translates to my support for him in the general election or even support for his issue stands. Some will try to portray it that way for factional political gain, but it won’t work because it’s not true. It cannot be denied that, since I joined the LP in 1990, I have supported EVERY Libertarian presidential nominee in the general election (worked for some of them), and I have never opposed or worked against any Libertarian nominee for any office who won their nomination at a properly noticed candidate nominating convention held in accordance with member-approved bylaws. Those who believe otherwise should wonder why, if this is not true, would I have organized and promoted the Libertarian presidential debate we organized in March.

    In any case, lest we forget, Mr. Wagner has also supported Republicans seeking the GOP nomination. I have a photo of Mr. Wagner holding a Ron Paul sign during the last election despite the fact that there were announced Libertarian candidates. While Mr. Wagner and Mr. Hedbor continually say we are controlled by the GOP (we’re not), his much touted candidate slate of 2014 boasted no fewer than 27 registered Republican candidates – WAY MORE than all past fusion candidates combined. Mr. Wagner has also threatened not to place the eventual Libertarian nominee on the Oregon general election ballot (assuming his group still controls the ballot line in August). Given my explanation, it seems to me that what Mr. Wagner and his group are doing now are far more egregious and it is probably a good thing that they are boycotting the national convention.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  17. Lars D. H. Hedbor

    If the “Libertarian” PAC of Oregon is not associated with the Oregon GOP, then I invite Mr. Burke to explain the fact that the counsel retained to pursue his PAC’s quixotic case is the current vice chair of the Republican Party of Oregon.

    The Libertarian Party of Oregon welcomes “fusion” candidates, but only in races where no registered Libertarian has sought the nomination. Even a single write-in vote for a Libertarian in our primary is enough to secure the nomination over a fusion candidate. This process yielded 16 fusion candidates last cycle (some of whom were Independent Party or Democrat candidates). If needed, I can look up and cite all of our fusion candidates; I challenge Mr. Burke to back up his exaggerated claims with documentation.

    Finally, the decision as to who will be placed on the ballot in Oregon is not in Mr. Wagner’s hands — it is entirely in the hands of the registered Libertarians of Oregon. Mr. Burke seems obsessed with the past, dredging up his old boogeyman, but the Libertarian Party of Oregon is focused on moving forward and pursuing liberty, instead of power and control.

    Even if a Trump/Clinton matchup might provide opportunities to provide contrast to the ideas of liberty, that’s not how he framed it in posting the Oregonians for Trump Facebook page on his feed. I’ll quote Burke’s justification for doing so:

    “I know there are other alternatives, but of the four who have a shot at actual election, I think Trump offers, by example, the rhetorical tools average people have been looking for to break politically correct speech, the bulwark of progressivism.”

    Mr. Burke can try to spin this endorsement any way he likes; Trump’s rhetoric has been some of the most horrifying, hate-filled, divisive, and anti-liberty that I’ve ever seen in a Presidential campaign. That he admires Trump for it is an unmasking of his own failings as a politician, and ends any doubt at all as to whether he actually holds any libertarian beliefs at all.

  18. Wes Wagner

    The picture exists, but it is from 2007/2008 and not 2012 as Mr. Burke alleges. (He has trouble with facts) and at that time I held zero positions in the Libertarian Party and was still a registered Libertarian. At the time I was not seeking any libertarian office, I was not suing for control of the LPO using a republican lawyer, I was not attending national conventions with intents of tainting delegations, and I was not working for any campaigns or PACs of libertarian candidates.

    I was out with some friends holding a sign. W00t

  19. Kyle Markley

    Richard,

    The LPO *did* *not* nominate “no fewer than 27” registered Republicans in 2014. We had 49 total nominees, 33 who ran exclusively as Libertarians, plus 10 candidates running as both Libertarian and Republican, plus 4 candidates running as Independent, Libertarian, and Republican, plus 2 candidates running as Democrat, Libertarian, and Republican. So that’s just 16 Republicans if you include even the ones who were also Democrats. Less than one third of our nominations were fusion.

    Your faction in 2014 had 6 total (but rejected) nominees, 4 of whom were also nominated by the Republican party. Two thirds of your nominations were fusion.

    The matter of this year’s Presidential nomination has been referred to the membership:
    http://lporegon.org/index.php/2016-elections/2016-board-referrals
    It is up to the members, not to the board.

    P.S., Donald Trump is no Ron Paul.

  20. George Phillies

    Speaking for myself, I wish the Republicans would run Duke-Keyes. I advocate this with malice aforethought.

  21. Dave Terry

    Lars D. H. Hedbor
    April 19, 2016 at 13:05

    “If the “Libertarian” PAC of Oregon is not associated with the Oregon GOP, then I invite Mr. Burke to explain the fact that the counsel retained to pursue his PAC’s quixotic case is the current vice chair of the Republican Party of Oregon.”

    Lars, have you even considered the possibility that even ‘vice-chairs of the GOP’ have DAY JOBS????
    He IS, after all, AN ATTORNEY!

    I have a contractor friend who is installing windows in my house and HE is voting for Bernie. He does good work and THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

    I guess I should have checked with YOU before I gave him the go ahead. DO YOU, DO WINDOWS?
    Would you like to bid on my next project??????????????? Do you have references????????

  22. David hiniku

    After some consideration I have adopted Richard Burke’s strategy of endorsing really bad candidates so that the other candidates look good. After all he has personally proved it to be successful in his own interaction with the Libertarian Party that make his opponents all look good by comparison.
    I formally endorse Richard Burke for any office he seeks as a Republican (or Democrat or independent). It will certainly push people away from those parties in the same way his involvement with the Libertarian Party has pushed people away.

    I will even nominate him to install Mr. Terry’s windows.

  23. Richard P. Burke

    All,

    In answer to Lars’ question, here is how Tyler Smith became our attorney.

    I do non-profit work apart from my partisan work, and Sara Vasche was my attorney. She was the wife of a friend of mine who worked in the office of Tyler Smith who, at that time, had no position with the Oregon GOP. Both Sara, and the firm in general has a lot of experience working with political organizations and the Sec. of State. They do a lot of ballot measure work, legislative work, and have represented a variety of politically-related non-profits.

    Sara got divorced, reclaimed her maiden name, Wolf, and moved to Washington, D.C. to take a job there. My client file therefore went to Tyler. He served me well. When the LPO problems arose in 2011, I called him. I already had a good working relationship with him, was proven to be experienced in such matters, and he worked for reasonable rates. He got his current position in the GOP years later. It seemed to make more sense than to go with an unknown quantity.

    That’s how we wound up with Tyler Smith. Not a grand GOP conspiracy.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  24. Dave Terry

    David hiniku of Shinjiku wrote:

    “After some consideration I have adopted Richard Burke’s strategy of endorsing really bad candidates so that the other candidates look good.”

    WOW! I am amazed that you so quickly caught on to Mr. Burke’s strategy of publicizing poor or mediocre
    opposing candidates in order to enhance the qualities and qualifications of OUR candidates.

    Your ONLY error was in confusing ‘publicity’ for ‘credibility’. Perhaps NEXT time you will actually READ, what he wrote, rather that what the apparatchiks SAY he wrote:

  25. Wes Wagner

    Richard .. if he was your personal attorney.. why did he represent the LNC in the dispute which involved you before he then became your attorney again after Hinkle signed a conflict of interest waiver?

    Did a Tyler reveal your existino relationship to the LNC when they sought his advice ?

    Don’t worry… I will find out some day when we go through discovery when this case is over and the next lawsuit begins.

  26. David Hiniku

    Mr. Terry

    You have inspired me to break my rule of only commenting with satirical comments and instead ask a serious question.

    What the fuck are you talking about?

    How was anyone confusing publicity for credibility?
    I based my comments on the statements Burke wrote. I don’t see any comments by members of the communist party on this thread (I’m assuming that you know what the word apparatchiks means, although I see no sign of it from your use of it.) Although I haven’t checked the scrolls of the communist party to see if any of the commentators in this thread are indeed communists.

    And what is behind saying that I’m from “Shinjiku”? Did you mean “Shinjuku” the district in Japan. Are you trying to be funny or just racist?
    Believe it or not Mr. Terry, like most people in the United States with non-Anglo surnames, I was born here.

    Your comments leave me befuddled.
    Are you a racist proponent of Macarthyism with an unwavering loyalty to your cult leader?
    Or are you a non-native speaker of English who is trying hard to use vocabulary you don’t quite understand?

  27. Wes Wagner

    David Terry is such a boorish asshat that the position he could find in the LPO is being Burke’s lapdog .. the cost was his soul.

  28. David Terry

    David Hiniku, Apr 22, >
    >” (I’m assuming that you know what the word apparatchiks means, although I see no sign of it from your use of it.) I don’t see any comments by members of the communist party on this thread Although I haven’t checked the scrolls of the communist party to see if any of the commentators in this thread are indeed communists.”

    Mr. Hiniku, your statement is contradicted by your own words. The reason why you are “befuddled” is due
    to the fact that your definitions are more than 50 years old. Today apparatchik is also used in contexts other than that of the Soviet Union or communist countries. According to Collins English Dictionary the word can mean “an official or bureaucrat in any organization”.
    The term is often used to describe people who have made their career as factional operatives and leaders in political parties, and who are therefore perceived to have little ‘real-world’ experience outside politics.

    As for my reference to ‘Shinjuku”; I used to hang out there alot, also the Ginza District when I was stationed in Japan for over 2 years.

    > “Or are you a non-native speaker of English who is trying hard to use vocabulary you don’t quite understand?”

    No, but clearly, YOU ARE!

    For example:

  29. Dave Terry

    Wes Wagner, April 22, wrote:
    “David Terry is such a boorish asshat that the position he could find in the LPO is being Burke’s lapdog .. the cost was his soul.

    Well, THANK YOU, Mr. Wagner for finally acknowledging that both Mr. Burke and I DO have “positions” in the LPO.

    Although I’m not EXACTLY sure what an “asshat” DOES, I guess I have just follow you around and see how YOU handle the position.

    AMF.

  30. Richard P. Burke

    All,

    The only thing I have said is that I personally support Trump’s campaign *for the GOP nomination only* because I believe his doing so would create the most opportunities for libertarian candidates overall in the general election. We will be able to get a significant slice of the NeverTrump crowd and Americans everywhere will be more open to finding a new political home. After the Oregon primary, it’s off.

    I think the same is true if Hillary gets the Democratic nomination as young Bernie supporters, who don’t understand economics yet, will be ripe for recruitment and persuasion. Nobody is getting upset with me about that. But after the Oregon primary, it’s off.

    My political opponents are trying to make this more than it is, suggesting that I support Mr. Trump’s issue stands which run afowl of libertarianism. They are being dishonest and no evidence exists to support it.

    My political opponents consistently fail to mention that I have done what I can to promote Libertarian candidates by successfully organizing a Johnson/Peterson debate in my hometown of Hillsboro on March 25 and helping them get statewide media with Lars Larson (KXL Radio) and Jayne Carrol (KUIK Radio). I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t want to promote LP candidates.

    My opponents also fail to acknowledge that, that since I became a member of the LP in 1990, I have never opposed a Libertarian candidate who won their nomination in accordance with rules approved by members in a properly noticed convention.

    My political opponents think this creates an “gotcha” moment to use against me, but it is fabricated. People can reasonably disagree with me, but none of this is inconsistent with wanting to grow the Libertarian Party.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  31. Dave Terry

    Richard, you SHOULD know better than to write what you think, rather than what others
    say you think OR what others WANT you to think!!!

    From now on, I suggest you simply send a _________________________________message
    and let everyone fill in the blanks. That is what they will do anyway and it will save
    you the time and aggravation of trying to correct their deliberate ‘errors’ (sic)!

  32. Lars D. H. Hedbor

    “I know there are other alternatives, but of the four who have a shot at actual election, I think Trump offers, by example, the rhetorical tools average people have been looking for to break politically correct speech, the bulwark of progressivism.” – R. Burke

    Regardless of the later spin that LP candidates may benefit from NeverTrumpians and disaffected Sandernistas, this statement is one that would never come from someone with any knowledge of history or any dedication to the principles of liberty.

  33. Richard P. Burke

    All,

    This very website, IPR, just did a story about Mary Matalin switching from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party. This is huge and, I think, a vindicating development about how Trump’s campaign will drive a lot of people to our party. Added to this is the fact that, I believe also published on this site, LP memberships spiked dramatically after Trumps win in Indiana.

    Lars misses the point, or at least the point I am trying to make. And that is that a Trump/Clinton matchup will result in a realignment that the LP will benefit from. Lo and behold, it is already happening. It is also worth noting that Lars’s critique of me could be colored by the fact that he and his supporters spent over $12,000 to unseat me from a water board position, but got shallaqued despite the fact that I spent almost nothing in my re-election bid.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  34. Russ Woodall

    Matalin said that her switch was not due to Trump, and that she actually likes him and as of right now still plans to vote for him.

  35. Pete Blome

    I’m sorry, Mr. Burke, but I cannot swallow your contention that you help the LP by publicly helping Trump. It is not only poor strategy but poor leadership at a most basic level. All you have done is show you have no faith in Libertarian candidates. All you have shown to others is do not do as you do. You leave people questioning your commitment and resolve as an LP Party leader. You should be fighting to find credible candidates of your own at the State level, not using your time to support major Party candidates. If the Trump/Clinton matchup yields positive results for the LP, surely they happen despite your actions, not because of them. Reconsider what you do.

  36. Dave Terry

    Friends, Libertarians, countrymen,
    lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Burke, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Burke and Company.
    The noble agents of Wagner Hath told
    you Burke was WAY TOO ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Mr. Burke answered it.
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–

    Wagner is believed an honorable man;
    So are they all, all honorable men–
    Come I to speak in Burke’s defense.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Wagner says he was too ambitious;
    And Brutus is a supposed honorable man.

    He hath brought many captives* home to Rome**
    Whose ransoms*** did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Burke seem TOO ambitious?

    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.

    The Libertarian Party of Oregon would never
    have been worth the efforts of the Huns & Vandals
    to invade or conquer, without the effort & skills
    that Richard Burke brought to this cause.

  37. Dave Terry

    Ooops, forgot the footnotes:
    * large and loyal contributors
    ** Libertarian Part of Oregon
    *** large contributions

  38. Freudian slip

    Says Dave “Feels the Johnson” Terry: “I come to bury Burke”

    Did Burke die?

  39. Richard P. Burke

    Here is some vindication:

    http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2016/05/abc-news-gary-johnson-says-2016-race-real-opportunity-for-libertarian-party/

    About Russ Woodall’s comment… Mary Matalin is a professional political consultant. She’s not going to burn bridges. But anyone who thinks the timing of Donald Trump’s lockdown of the GOP nomination and her decision to bolt to the LP are merely coincidental, is incredibly naive.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

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