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Mary Ruwart to run for LNC, Nolan likely to drop out

It is not officially confirmed, but it is widely speculated that Mary Ruwart will run for a seat on the Libertarian National Committee.

In related news, it has been reported that David Nolan is likely to drop out, based on his perception that Bill Redpath will win re-election. “He said he just can’t work with Redpath under any circumstances,” one anonymous radical said.

The radicals are trying to run a three-candidate slate. This would include Mary Ruwart, if she runs, and Angela Keaton. Mary Ruwart’s campaign manager, Lee Wrights, is would also be part of the slate. This might leave Susan Hogarth out.

The radicals are licking their wounds and trying to salvage something from this convention. “We won bylaws,” says one radical. “If the reformers want us, they’d throw us a f–king bone [on the LNC],” said another. At this point, the reformers and conservatives do not seem interested in conciliation.


  1. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper May 26, 2008 has the LNC vote results. Ruwart gained and LNC position, which is a good thing, IMHO. The party needs balance. It should not go too far left or too far right.

  2. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper May 26, 2008

    Bill Woolsey writes:
    I support Barr, but any “hardcore” libertarian who supports Baldwin is a complete hypocrite.

    Not exactly the language I’d use, but that’s pretty much what I have been thinking. Let me add a bit more to this, if I may:

    It’s precisely this kind of thinking from the “purist” wing of the LP which makes them largely ineffectual. All one has to do is read the vast amount of post-convention wrap ups and the picture becomes even clearer that the purists could not organize effectively to even successfully get Steve Kubby the VP slot. If they cannot even do that, how can we expect them to organize to elect Libertarians to public office or even persuade a significant number of Americans that libertarianism is morally superior to statism?

    I love purist principles and ideas. Their goals are my goals, but they can’t organize to save their life. My sincere hope is that they will finally wake up and get serious about organizing, tactics and follow-through.

  3. LPiberty LPiberty May 26, 2008

    Some fantastic events included the Unity speech by Kubby.

    And Hancock & Hess and many others were joined by Mr. Barr Sunday evening for a public discussion and airing of views. I dont know if Barr will be able to answer to their satisfaction, but there is mutual interest to have the most energetic campaign possible.

    However, the campaign issue positions may fall short of the LP platform.

    Hoping for the best.

  4. Bill Woolsey Bill Woolsey May 26, 2008

    I looked at Baldwin’s website today.

    Baldwin favors imposing protectionist tariffs. They should be high enough, (he proposes) so that foreign goods have no cost advantage over American goods.

    This is very different from Paul’s proposal for unilateral free trade.

    While Paul opposes “free trade” agreements as “managed trade” that violate U.S. sovereignity, Baldwin opposes them because they reduce U.S. self-sufficiency. They also destroy (he says) U.S. jobs and manufacturing.

    Baldwin is an extreme protectionist.

    Paul would often say, “I am no isolationist,”
    but I think Baldwin may well deserve the moniker.

    His position on abortion is pretty awful too.

    Those of us who have supported Paul can remember how pro-choice critics complained that Paul’s pro-life legislation was inconsistent with his view that the issue should be resolved at the state level. Apparently, Baldwin agrees with the pro-choice critics of Paul, but, of course, with the opposite emphasis. He claims that it will end legal abortion. He promises taht legal abortion will end as soon as he is elected.

    I support Barr, but any “hardcore” libertarian who supports Baldwin is a complete hypocrite.

  5. trinman trinman May 26, 2008

    Barr is NOT McCain! Let’s not forget that … And his entry into the race can only HURT Old John, so we have a role to play in this one.

    Whether or not each of us is willing to play a part is an individual decision, but I just heard from a friend in Denver that no less than Ernie Hancock and Barry Hess are already trying to figure out how to get radical libs to take their part in making this work out … for the sake of liberty.

  6. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper May 26, 2008

    Well, Trent, my sources in Denver are telling me different. I guess time will tell!

  7. trinman trinman May 26, 2008

    I would say that Obama was closer than Baldwin

  8. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 26, 2008


    Im not so sure. Iv been fielding phone calls and emails from Libertarians all day,asking about Baldwin and treating Barr like McCain. =)

  9. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper May 26, 2008

    This is really good news to hear the rancor has died down. The threats of a walkout and division frankly freaked the f**k out of me (‘scuse the language). I am pretty certain that things will work out fine for the LP : )

  10. trinman trinman May 26, 2008

    I’m almost surprised that Mary, Angela and Lee are still willing to push that rock uphill again … esp knowing how many more will be sitting on it this time

  11. Steve Perkins Steve Perkins May 26, 2008

    Update… a member of the Georgia delegation is giving Ruwart’s nomination speech.

  12. Steve Perkins Steve Perkins May 26, 2008

    There doesn’t seem much if any rancor on the floor today. Kubby started off the morning with a unity speech, and the warring factions have been more friendly and cordial with each other. Things are looking better than I was afraid.

    The Georgia delegation seems perfectly fine with Ruwart on LNC.

  13. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper May 26, 2008

    I emailed the Seebecks (California delegation) urging them to support Ruwart. Not certain if they will get the message in time though. They are former Colorado LP members/activists, so hopefully, if they get my message in time and agree with it, they’ll lobby Colorado as well. Care to contact them in person, G.E.? Mike and Lidia Seebeck.

  14. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper May 26, 2008

    If it means anything, I endorse Mary Ruwart.

  15. G.E. G.E. Post author | May 26, 2008

    If the reformers deny Mary a spot on the LNC… Oh my.

    That’s my handicap!

  16. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper May 26, 2008

    I think Ruwart would be an excellent choice for LNC.

  17. David R. Jeffries David R. Jeffries May 26, 2008

    Anyone care to take a stab at handicapping this race?

  18. David R. Jeffries David R. Jeffries May 26, 2008

    This should be interesting.

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