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TPW founder Austin Cassidy joins IPR in senior role

Third Party Watch founder Austin Cassidy has agreed to join Independent Political Report as Publisher and Managing Partner. Says Mr. Cassidy:

I started Third Party Watch because I thought there was a need for a largely objective news source that covered the so called “periphery” of American politics. The site was successful, but I think the need still exists today and that’s why I’m really excited to be playing a role in creating the new Independent Political Report.

Mr. Cassidy will also lend his business acumen and technical skills to IPR, and he has already helped out with a few site glitches.

Austin Cassidy founded Third Party Watch in May, 2005. After building it up into the premiere source for third-party-politics news, he sold it to Stephen Gordon in late 2007. This past weekend, Mr. Gordon sold TPW to Republican fundraiser Richard Viguerie.

Mr. Cassidy joins former TPW contributors Thomas L. Knapp and Trent Hill in making the exodus from TPW to IPR.


  1. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz May 22, 2008

    More coming shortly.

  2. Ross Levin Ross Levin May 22, 2008

    So far, it seems like they’re doing a better job of covering other third parties than TPW did, even under Stephen Gordon.

    I offered to write for them, and I’m working for a Green/Independent, so we’ll so what happens.

  3. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy May 22, 2008

    That’s the idea. Note the Communist Party story just a few hours ago. 🙂

  4. NewFederalist NewFederalist May 22, 2008

    Is this site going to cover more than just the CP and the LP? I remain interested in what’s going on with the Greens and others (Nader, Keyes, Prohibition party, socialist parties etc). Thanx!

  5. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy May 22, 2008

    Glad to be back, ENM!

  6. ElfNinosMom ElfNinosMom May 22, 2008

    Glad to see you back, Austin!

  7. Ross Levin Ross Levin May 22, 2008

    I’ve never had any problem with posting links there before. Just the fact that they’re moderating the comments at all, whereas they weren’t doing it before, is bothersome.

  8. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy May 21, 2008

    Thanks folks for the warm welcome! We’re off to a really strong start and this is going to be one crazy convention.

    Darcy, I’m planning on checking out your books. Looks like some intertesting reading!

  9. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy May 21, 2008

    I’m sure they’ve got other things to do than to specifically target links to this site. At least, I think they do. It was probably just caught in a spam filter. You’d be amazed how much spam popular sites get pounded with.

    Yet another positive for the registration model that G.E. has put into place here. That and someone who posts the word “ass” fifteen times in every response can be blocked easily enough.

  10. Ross Levin Ross Levin May 21, 2008

    That was kind of weird…

  11. mlirshfl mlirshfl May 21, 2008

    I had gone to the Third Party Watch and was disgusted at the type of comments that were being made. I want to know what it would take to actually put a serious Third Party candidate in the Presidency. This Barr guy seems like a party switcher or user. What do you guys look like? Skinheads? Bush lookalikes? Funny you should have Darcy G Richardson’s books featured on your site. I am currently reading A Nation Divided and the amount of detail is astonishing. It reads very well and recommend it. Many insights into the 1968 Presidential campaign. I am looking forward to you getting up and running.

  12. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore May 21, 2008

    No, did you spell the URL out or just abbreviate like I did?

  13. Ross Levin Ross Levin May 21, 2008

    For my comment it still says “awaiting moderation.” Can you see it there? It’s under the same post as yours, Mike.

  14. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 21, 2008


    GREAT to have you on-board.I look forward to working with you more.

  15. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore May 21, 2008

    Damned! Thwarted yet again by TPW and it’s schemes.

  16. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz May 21, 2008

    You mispelled the URL there Mike, maybe that’s the trick to slipping it through 😉

    Back to my no-TPW diet…

  17. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore May 21, 2008

    Moderating comments on a normally free site demonstrates a crack down on dissent. That is key to the ending of a site.

  18. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz May 21, 2008

    Austin was always and still remains da man. This place is really coming together.

  19. darcyrichardson darcyrichardson May 21, 2008

    This is great news! TPW can have Viguerie. We’ll take Austin any day!

  20. MattSwartz MattSwartz May 21, 2008

    Moderated comments on TPW? Stick a fork in them, they’re done.

  21. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy May 21, 2008

    Thanks Tom! I’m very happy to be a part of this new project.

  22. Ross Levin Ross Levin May 21, 2008

    I just submitted a comment to TPW about IPR and it says “your comment is awaiting moderation.”

  23. Ross Levin Ross Levin May 21, 2008

    Have you read “No Debate” by George Farah? It’s a great book that every third party member should really read.

  24. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp May 21, 2008

    Wow … glad to have you on board, Austin!

    I see that Darcy Richardson’s Others is featured in the advertising sidebar. I’ve been distracted from reading lately, but am well into the second volume. I’m bringing it and the third volume with me for the trip to Denver, although I hope I’ll have little time to read. Great stuff.

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