Email from Paul Stanton:
Greetings fellow Libertarians:
August 30th will mark the one-year anniversary of when you honored me as the winner of Florida’s first-ever statewide Libertarian primary, and Florida’s first third-party primary in nearly a century. I was deeply humbled by the support shown to me, and thank everyone for helping us set records in 2016. After our huge strides forward, we must retool to make future gains even larger.
Unfortunately, 2017 has been hitting a few major hitches, and it’s time that we demand accountability from our leadership. Sadly, the Libertarian Party of Florida has largely stagnated since our convention in February. We have lost activists, candidates, and many opportunities. To make matters worse, the lack of ethics and principles shown by Marcos Miralles is just sickening. On Friday, it appears that Marcos Miralles hacked an account of Char-Lez Braden, reading through his private messages and information. It is time for Marcos Miralles to resign.
Marcos Miralles began his race for Chair of the LPF with the support of Augustus Sol Invictus and Ryan Ramsey, both leaders in white supremacist groups, including the American Guard. (The American Guard was one of the groups present in Charlottesville last weekend.) Invictus was also a featured speaker at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally. The support has not been one-sided. Last year, Marcos Miralles provided a town hall for Invictus (as part of a campaign to stir up drama during the primary), the pictures from which are still used by the Miami Herald to associate our party with Invictus. Additionally, he proudly displayed Ryan Ramsey’s endorsement on his website and appointed Ryan Ramsey to our Legislative Review Committee. There is no place for white supremacy in the Libertarian Party of Florida.
Thankfully, there was a recent press release condemning the events in Charlottesville. Unfortunately, Marcos Miralles has refused to condemn the white supremacists within our party, or recant his previous support. Instead, he insists that he will “work with everybody” and has dismissed worries about white supremacists using our party to support their platform as “non sense,” despite the support of the previously-mentioned Libertarians, and despite the Libertarian Party of Florida’s representative to the Libertarian Party platform committee, Frank Caprio. Caprio regularly makes very racist comments, including quotes white supremacist Bob Whitaker. I physically cringed when I read Marcos write: “The Libertarian Party of Florida will forever remain the safest home for all of those that fight for civil rights.” As one of the Libertarian victims of violent threats and harassment (a Muslim mother of biracial children) stated, “The Libertarian Party was not a safe haven for me and many others like me. It should be, by principle. […] But that’s not the present day reality.” Sadly, she ended her participation with the party after concerns with the safety of her family. When she reached out to Miralles, she was ignored and blocked on social media.
To make matters worse, Marcos Miralles has unilaterally declared Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux, a foreign national, to be the “Chief of Staff” in the Libertarian Party of Florida, in clear violation of federal law, which could severely jeopardize the Libertarian Party of Florida, subjecting us to heavy FEC fines and complaints. Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux may be most famous for the fraudulent 2012 presidential campaign, which resulted in The Boston Tea Party disbanding. Additionally, he has made unlawful contributions to the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade, and serves in multiple leadership positions, once again in clear violation of federal law. As a Libertarian, I oppose these federal laws on principle, but the reckless regard for our state party puts our donors’ funds in strict jeopardy.
Additionally, any criticism has been met with strict retaliation, often in violation of party rules. After sending an email suggesting we not work with white nationalists, Miralles attempted to remove me and another from committee appointments. When he was stopped from doing so, he unilaterally declared one committee to be “expired.” Such petty unethical actions should not be tolerated. We need real leaders heading our party.
Tonight, I will be introducing a motion to the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee to remove Marcos Miralles from the Chairmanship for the August 18 hacking of a fellow Executive Committee member, and the unauthorized access of private information. Please join me in calling for the immediate resignation of Marcos Miralles.
Additionally, please join with me and the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, Wes Benedict, in calling for all white supremacists to resign from the Libertarian Party.
You can listen in to the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee call tonight: 641-715-3580 Access Code: 624-367#
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