Former Pennsylvania LP chair Steve Scheetz endorses Augustus Invictus

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Steve Scheetz

ATPR: Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus shared the following note today on his Facebook page from former Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania chairman Steve Scheetz, who presently serves as a member of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus’ Candidate Endorsement Review Committee:

For those who do not know me, my name is Steve Scheetz, I am a former Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, and while I am not certain that what I say will carry much weight in Florida, I am writing to formally endorse Augustus Sol Invictus.

Like many Libertarians not living in Florida, I read this name and snapped a judgement. I asked myself: “The Libertarian Party of Florida is seriously putting this guy forward as a candidate for the Senate?” I then read / heard about some of the internal issues within the Libertarian Party of Florida, and I stopped considering it as anything serious.

However, I learned later that this was a mistake, like so many other snap judgments. Something amazing happened. I went to the Libertarian Party Convention in Orlando, Florida, spoke to over 1000 Libertarians! To those of you who were there, I know you all know what I mean when I say that the experience was absolutely AMAZING! I met with Augustus Invictus, and my snap judgment (which I never talked about publicly until now) changed. I found myself wanting to learn more about him, and about Paul Stanton, his competitor for the nomination to run for Senate.

After doing quite a bit of homework, and after giving both men an equal shot based on what they have written, what they said when I spoke with them, etc. I arrived at a conclusion. What I look for, when I consider a candidate for endorsement, is a consistently Libertarian stance / message in the candidate’s writings, and in the candidate’s speeches.

Augustus Invictus has delivered a consistent message that is Libertarian throughout his campaign, and because of this I am very proud to say that I am endorsing him in his bid for the Libertarian Nomination to run and represent Florida in the Senate of the United States!

Sincerely,

Steve Scheetz

ATPR: The Libertarian Party primary election for U.S. Senate will be held on August 30th, 2016. Invictus is running against Paul Stanton for the nomination. 

(Via American Third Party Report)

21 thoughts on “Former Pennsylvania LP chair Steve Scheetz endorses Augustus Invictus

  1. Thomas Knapp

    Steve Scheetz has never struck me as completely bereft of morality and judgment before, so I’m not going to assume he suddenly suffered traumatic brain injury right after selling his soul to Satan. Until I see evidence that it’s true, I’ll assume that this is just more of the weird shit Invictus’s supporters have been making up in a desperate attempt to win the Senate primary.

  2. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    @Thomas:

    This came from Invictus’ campaign Facebook page. If it IS a fabrication, I will pull it immediately and issue an apology to Mr. Scheetz.

    I am confident the campaign did not make up an endorsement out of thin air, though. In fact, I am very confident.

  3. George Whitfield

    Since Joining the Libertarian Party in 1979 and being a registered voter in Florida since 1988 this was the first Libertarian Party primary election that has been held in which I was eligible to vote. It was a proud moment for me when I filled in my absentee ballot and I was glad to vote for Paul Stanton to be our nominee for US Senate.

  4. Steve Scheetz

    How am I supposed to respond to “traumatic brain damage after selling my soul to satan?” or being “bereft of morality and judgment?”

    I read his campaign literature, I read some pro news articles some con news articles, I spoke to him in Orlando, and I spoke with friends who also spoke with him AFTER Orlando. He has been consistent.

    Weird? Yes. Pagan? Yes. did he drink goat’s blood? Yes…. I ate goat at the local Indian Restaurant not terribly long ago, while I don’t care to understand his religious beliefs, it is not my place to judge. Just because someone else slaughters my meat (in most cases) does not make me more “moral”.

    He has denied that he is a white supremacist or a Neo Nazi, so we have on one side, him saying no, and on the other side, people saying yes without anything but their own agendas to back that up…

    I choose to believe him and his campaign. Everyone is free to make their on assessment and support him, or not. I will not be accusing anyone of suffering brain trauma after selling his/her soul to Satan as a result of his/her decision to support or not.

    On a side note. Weird and quirky. If these were disqualifies, there would be nobody in the party. I do not believe he is a fascist. I do not believe he is a neo-nazi. If anyone does, that is his / her business, but to date, I can find no evidence making that case. If anyone chooses to unfriend me over this, well, that is your right and your business as well.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  5. Thane Eichenauer

    It is often mentioned that few people are capable of processing the word not in a given statement. Knapp commented above “so I’m not going to assume he suddenly suffered traumatic brain injury right after selling his soul to Satan”.
    One should pay special attention to the words “I’m not going to assume”.
    Hail Not Hydra.

  6. wolfefan

    Hi Steve –

    What were the disqualifiers for you in your conversation with and research on Paul Stanton?

  7. Thomas Knapp

    “How am I supposed to respond to ‘traumatic brain damage after selling my soul to satan?’ or being ‘bereft of morality and judgment?'”

    I suppose that depends on whether or not you have a sense of humor.

    “He has denied that he is a white supremacist or a Neo Nazi, so we have on one side, him saying no, and on the other side, people saying yes without anything but their own agendas to back that up”

    That’s a pretty long and roundabout way of saying you didn’t bother to do your research.

  8. Robert

    The nice thing about this election is you can see who the questionables are from the endorsements. This guy is a purported ‘radical’? Uh-huh.

    The LP Florida convention adopted a directive to not run any but local, State house, and Presidential/VEEP candidates after the success of Operation Full Slate. It ordered its monies segregated into a fund for direct democracy initiatives. All candidates had to go through a specific training process. This was in 2003.

    The GOP mass infiltrated it, ‘lost the records’ and used a state law made for the purpose to purge the party and put in whakos at every level.

    Every candidate since then is a fraud, though some may be stupid not demanding to see the minutes. In time the infiltrators’ll ‘rediscover’ the rule, I suppose, and sue themselves to disband given the many laws they’re violating.

    At that point the head in the sand LNC will discover that the LPF infiltrators put in another state law–any new party must have 300K signatures to run a Presidential candidate. I doubt its legal, but it will be a huge lawsuit to find out.

    This isn’t news. People posted on this here before.

    I just pass the autumn and winter here but it’s sad.

    Then again they pulled some real fast ones in PA and this guy is a former Chair there. PA is another state that had massive amounts of members in public office and then a new group came out of nowhere and screwed it all up.

  9. Richard Winger

    The Florida legislature would not be able to pass a law saying a presidential candidate needs 300,000 signatures to get on the ballot. The Florida Constitution says “Article VI. Suffrage and Elections. Section One…the requirements for a candidate with no party affiliation or for a candidate of a minor party for placement of the candidate’s name on the ballot shall be no greater than the requirements for a candidate of the party having the largest number of registered voters.”

    Democrats have the highest number of registered voters of any party in Florida, and Democrats can get on the ballot for president with zero signatures. That is true for the presidential primary and the general election both.

  10. Mildly Curious

    Richard is absolutely correct.

    By the way, it’s mildly interesting that the Libertarian Party of Florida listed Augustus Sol Invictus as one of the party’s 29 presidential electors, but apparently didn’t include Paul Stanton as an elector or alternate elector, in its recent filing with the state.

  11. Steve Scheetz

    Wolfefan I will answer your question this way. I discovered that I was wrong. I had expectations of finding one of the biggest flakes in the world ahead of meeting Augustus Invictus, but upon meeting him, my opinion changed 180 degrees.

    Augustus, I believe, can convey the Libertarian Message more effectively. He can think on his feet, and the man that I met bears 0 resemblance to the writings that are being brought up as the reason why he should not be trusted. I believe he did a great deal of soul searching, and when he discusses those previous writings and ramblings, his attitude is to say that if he removes them, it will just add to the canon fodder already aimed at him. He would rather let it stand as a testament to his growth as a human being. I believe he has grown, and is continuing to grow, and when that growth is coupled with his effectiveness at conveying his message, I believe he was deserving of my endorsement.

    I am not going to speak badly about Paul Stanton, that is not what my endorsement is about.

    Thomas? I laughed all day yesterday, thank you for that!

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  12. Agent 156

    Thomas Knapp — you need to get a life. ALL of you grown ass men need to QUIT WHINING every time someone says anything good about Augustus and F&CK OFF with this childish dog piling behavior. You don’t need to agree with Mr Scheetz’s decision but you DO need to respect his choice and BACK OFF

    And this is just a general shout out to the worthless out there who are trying to impede a great man from meeting his destiny — for which rest assured of you have any kind of faith in ANYTHING at all, will NOT count in your favor —

    Anyone saying Augustus Invictus is a “horrible person” is a lying sack of crap who has NEVER met him, NEVER sat down with him, NEVER bothered to actually find out where the man stands on things as opposed to the utterly VILE and INEXCUSABLE lies and garbage SPIN that liars have claimed, and thus has ZERO pale to stand, PERIOD.

    Endorse whom you will, Stanton apologists, but it is time to stop behaving like the worthless, vile, utter garbage from the bipartisan gridlock cesspit. If YOU can’t be a better person than that, NOT ONLY do you have ZERO place from which to judge others but you have ZERO PLACE IN A “party of principles” because YOU HAVE NONE YOURSELF if you keep pulling this disgusting garbage.

    That is IT. There is NO valid rebuttal so DONT EVEN TRY wasting my time.

  13. John Burd

    “Anyone saying Augustus Invictus is a “horrible person” is a lying sack of crap who has NEVER met him, NEVER sat down with him, NEVER bothered to actually find out where the man stands on things as opposed to the utterly VILE and INEXCUSABLE lies and garbage SPIN that liars have claimed, and thus has ZERO pale to stand, PERIOD. ” – Agent 156

    This Invictus fellow. This would not be the same fellow who at “Liberty Fest NYC” advocated violence to promote a political or social goal would it? Because this party has PRINCIPLES don’t you know.

    This endorsement should be rescinded but I do not tell people what to do. I just rub their noses in their doo-doo.

  14. paulie

    James Babb, my thoughts exactly. Not getting into the rest of this but Steve is way too trusting, and completely wrong in this case.

  15. Jill Pyeatt

    Hey, James, what the heck is going on with the LP PA?

    (You don’t have to worry I’ll write up an article about it. I just see lots of back-and-forth on the FB pages.)

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