As recently reported, the LNC has chosen St. Louis, MO as the site of its 2010 convention. Below is the congratulatory message sent by LNC member Michael Colley to the LNC, which Treasurer Bob Sullentrup then forwarded to the Missouri LP Executive Committee:
As recommended by the Convention Oversight Committee and approved by Chair Bill Redpath, the Renaissance St. Louis Grand and Suites Hotel has been chosen as the location for the 2010 LP Convention.
Dates will be over the Memorial Day weekend : Friday 28 May to Monday 31 May.Â Saturday and Sunday will be full business days with a half business day on Monday.Â Monday is a US holiday.
The considerations leading to this selection included: 1) a location in the center of the country relatively easy for travel, 2) a historic downtown hotel with good space for meetings, 3) able to walk to restaurants/ballpark/retail/the Arch, 3) a guaranteed 2010 room rate of $109, 4) discounted parking on site, 5) good dates, 6) all meeting space comped.
Throughout negotiations regarding the hotel’s proposal, it was clear that they wanted to be competitive.Â Actual contract workup will proceed shortly.
Michael C Colley
aut viam inveniam aut faciam
Shortly after posting this news, IPR received this message from Robert Kraus, who asked that it remain “private and confidential”:
We respectfully ask that you remove this posting. Not all the details have been worked out nor has a contract been signed. Polishing [sic] this information before the fact obviously hurts our negotiating position.
Thank you in advance,
Robert S. Kraus – Dir of Operations
Libertarian National Committee
2600 Virginia Ave NW #200
Washington, DC 20037
Ph: 202.333.0008 x 231
After writing back to Kraus and explaining that we did not know the convention location was intended to be “confidential,” and that it had already been reported by Last Free Voice and and indexed and cached by Google News, we could not remove it without explaining that we had been asked to do so. Since his correspondence was labeled “private and confidential,” we were in a Catch-22.
Mr. Kraus never responded.
But later, we received this message from LNC alternate Scott Lieberman:
Saint Louis is one of the finalists for the location of the 2010 National LP Convention.
However, a final decision has not been made as to the location of that Convention.
I strongly suggest you contact Admiral Colley to confirm this, and then print a retraction.
Region 2 Alternate, LNC
So to recap:
- Michael Colley sent the message to the LNC list, and Treasurer Sullentrup then forwarded it to the Missouri LP Executive Committee — by law, making it a public message at that point. Nowhere therein was the information requested to be kept “confidential,” nor was there any ambiguity in the statement that St. Louis had been chosen as the site for the 2010 convention.
- Robert Kraus then requested that we take down the story because “polishing” (publishing?) it hurt the LNC’s “negotiating position” — as if this were a legitimate reason for a news site to censor itself — but he did not deny the veracity of the story. We intended to keep this correspondence confidential until Mr. LiebermanÂ forced our hand.
- Scott Lieberman, an alternate on the LNC, says that Colley and Sullentrup are wrong in the message and “strongly recommends” that IPR calls Colley to get the truth — as if he could be trusted if he were wrong earlier.
Then Mr. Lieberman sent us this message:
I stand by my original e-mail.Â Your headline:Â â€œ2010 LP convention to be held in St. Louisâ€ is not true.
No contract has been signed for the location of the 2010 National LP Convention.Â No convention location is final until a contract has been signed.
Admiral Colley would have been happy to verify that fact, if you called him or e-mailed him.Â Did you call him, as I suggested?
Region 2 Alternate, LNC
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