Burke Writes to the Oregon Secretary of State, Tries to Replace the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s Candidates

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Richard Burke has tried (and failed) yet again to get the state of Oregon’s Secretary of State to accept their PAC as the actual Libertarian Party of Oregon. In the following document sent last month, Burke sent a list of candidates he says should be listed on the November ballot, in lieu of those placed by the actual Libertarian Party of Oregon.

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The office of the secretary of state wasted little time in responding. Here is their letter to Mr. Burke.

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21 thoughts on “Burke Writes to the Oregon Secretary of State, Tries to Replace the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s Candidates

  1. Krzysztof Lesiak

    Is Mr. Burke supporting Gary Johnson or Trump?

    One of my old principals in elementary school was a one Mr. Burke. He’d always get beet red if something didn’t go his way, and he lasted only a year as the principal – though it was a proximity to work issue, not a job performance one.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    Since fraud is initiation of force, I’m not going to have any heartburn when Burke gets hauled off in orange coveralls and leg irons on what seems like about a million instances of this shit.

  3. Richard Winger

    The Burke letter’s nominees conflict with the Oregon LP’s nominees for US Senate and Attorney General. The Burke letter nominee for US House, 3rd district, does not conflict, because the LP list has no one running for that seat. I didn’t check the legislative nominees.

  4. Wes Wagner

    Meanwhile, campaign managers and coordinators here in Oregon for Johnson continue to run events at FLOP houses, work with FLOP people, let FLOP people borrow their credibility for their own personal political games, etc.

  5. wolfefan

    I recall many Burke notes saying that by seating delegates recommended by his organization as the Oregon delegation, the national convention had effectively said that his was the legitimate party. I therefore await his acknowledgment that the most recent national convention repudiated his claim.

  6. Richard P. Burke

    Wolfefan,

    It is true that the 2016 national convention opted to comply with the Wagner boycott of the convention. No Oregon delegation was seated as such. But this does not represent a victory for the Wagner side. Consider:

    1. The Wagner boycott came with a threat that, if the convention had defied the boycott by seating an Oregon delegation, the party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees might not be placed on the Oregon ballot. To be sure, the Wagner vote-by-mail primary ballot offered the options of nominating nobody or someone else for those positions if their boycott was not honored. Members of the LNC, credentials committee, and the Johnson campaign were worried about it.

    That is called extortion where I come from, and contrasts mightily with the 2012 and 2014 conventions where there were no threats and delegates were able to freely vote for the delegate configurations they thought were proper (they chose the Reeves delegate configurations both times).

    2. Even at the 2016 national convention, all of the Reeves delegates from Oregon were ultimately seated and fully participated. Once seated, though officially in North Dakota and Washington, they effectively operated as an Oregon delegation under the “OREGON” banner on the convention floor, voting just as they would had they been originally seated as “OREGON” (see picture on http://www.lporegon.net). Tim Reeves was our delegation chair, and we all did everything we would normally do except turn our ballots into the responsible people in the WA and ND delegations.

    Actually, this was a good “out” for the convention – It allowed all of the Reeves delegates to be seated while neutralizing the Wagner boycott threat. After all, while it is common for conventions to credential people to help backfill empty delegations, they are not obligated to do so and could have objected to prospective delegates they believed were representing themselves fraudulently.

    3. With this in mind, it is worth noting that at the 2012, 2014, and even the 2016 conventions, not a single Wagner delegate from Oregon has ever been seated unless included as a part of a Reeves delegate list. At the same time, every Reeves delegate from Oregon has been seated one way or another.

    All told, that’s a win for us.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  7. Kyle Markley

    Richard,

    “The Wagner boycott came with a threat that, if the convention had defied the boycott by seating an Oregon delegation, the party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees might not be placed on the Oregon ballot. To be sure, the Wagner vote-by-mail primary ballot offered the options of nominating nobody or someone else for those positions if their boycott was not honored.”

    That is not an accurate portrayal. The primary ballot offered the same set of options for both scenarios (honor the boycott, or not). And there was no such option “someone else” — the options were no one, the convention nominee, or the Oregon primary winner. That left the decision in the hands of the party members, not in the hands of the board. And it allowed members to express how their preferences would be affected as a result of the actions of the convention.

    “That is called extortion where I come from…”

    You must come from a strange place! There was no threat. Just asked the members what they wanted. More like democracy than extortion, methinks.

    And for what it’s worth, it turned out that the members were apathetic about national. They voted to nominate the Oregon primary winner under both scenarios.

  8. Richard P. Burke

    Kyle,

    Look at your ballot again.

    Board Referral 5 says, “Who should be our nominees for President and Vice President of the United States if the Libertarian National Convention HONORS OUR BOYCOTT by not seating an Oregon delegation?”

    Board Referral 6 says, “Who should be our nominees for President and Vice President of the United States if the Libertarian National Convention DOES NOT HONOR OUR BOYCOTT by seating an Oregon delegation?”

    Both questions offer “The winners of our primary election”, “The nominees of the national convention”, and “No one” as options.

    You’re being “cute” by saying this is not extortion. The wording is very clever in that the same choices are offered as responses to both questions. Rhetorically, one can say that they could have made any combination of choices whether the boycott was honored or not. And you have already written that you were just asking people what they wanted. 😉

    But the fact that there are two questions associated with potentially different answers conditional on whether or not the boycott was honored makes the boycott pivotal to both questions. It offers the possibility that whomever would wind up on the Oregon ballot could depend on whether or not the boycott was honored. The linkage of the questions of whether or not your boycott was honored and who might wind up on the Oregon ballot line on a ballot questions is inherently extortive in this case.

    Your move polluted what might have been a first true victory on a national convention floor for your side concerning which delegation the convention supported. Had you sent a delegation that was seated while we were not seated, or pursued a boycott without there being any possibility that honoring it or not might impact who ended up on the Oregon ballot line for president, you would have better standing to claim convention support. As it was, we ended up being effectively seated anyway in a manner that neutralized the boycott question.

    Your strategy was very clever, but it was seen through by lots of people and it was a concern at convention and a concern within the Johnson campaign. It did not reflect well on you.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  9. Bob Tiernan

    Burke:

    Even at the 2016 national convention, all of the Reeves delegates from Oregon were ultimately seated and fully participated. Once seated, though officially in North Dakota and Washington, they effectively operated as an Oregon delegation under the “OREGON” banner on the convention floor, voting just as they would had they been originally seated as “OREGON”

    Me:

    Nonsense. You guys were merely “homeless” Oregonians who found seats with other delegations just like many other people have for years. Don’t make anything of this than it actually was.

    Bob Tiernan

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