The founder of the Libertarian Party had this to say in an open e-mail:
As a member of the Judicial Committee, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on any of this. If the LNC votes to remove Angela, I assume she would appeal their action to the JC, and I wild not want to prejudice our deliberations or create the impression that they WOULD be prejudiced.
Of greater concern to me right now is the increasing evidence that the Barr campaign has effectively â€œblown offâ€ the party.Â Angelaâ€™s blog item stating that Andrew Davis as much as said so earlier today confirmed my suspicions in that regard. Then, after reading her comment, I attended a meeting of our local Barr Meet-up group. One person there passed out samples of the campaign â€œissuesâ€ brochure and bumper sticker. The word LIBERTARIAN does not appear once on either.Â Nor does it appear on the masthead of the Barrâ€™08 website; instead, thereâ€™s a big blank space in the middle of the masthead where the word LIBERTARIAN ought to be.
The root of these glaring omissions is most likely that the two top people in the campaign â€“ Russ Verney and Shane Cory â€“ are not Libertarians, and have no interest in building the LP. (In Coryâ€™s case, thereâ€™s considerable reason to expect that he would like to damage the party, instead.)Â Â Barr is turning out to be a better candidate than I feared he would be, but his campaign is turning into a disaster.Â Â Fundraising has been pathetic: less than $850K to date. It seems all but certain that Barr will be only 46 or 47 state ballots (vs. 48 for Badnarik).Â All the signs of an impending train wreck!
The big question in my mind today is: why the Hell should anyone do anything for the Barr campaign, when they are avoiding all mention of the L word, canâ€™t raise money on their own, and are dropping the ball on ballot access?Â Unless the LNC faces up to these problems, we are going to blow our best opportunity in many years.