Update: Stephen Gordon disputes some of the assertions made in this article. Please see his comment here.
Stephen Gordon, the one-time owner of Third Party Watch and prominent Barr backer while working as the LP’s political director (in dispute), has banned George Phillies from the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance mailing list for promoting his presidential campaign.
Dear Dr. Phillies,
Due to complaints regarding your recent promotion of a political campaign, one which is in opposition to the campaign of a legitimately nominated Libertarian Party candidate, I am placing your access to this e-mail list on the “moderation” level until some time following the upcoming presidential election.
Should you have any questions pertaining to this communication, please feel free to attempt to contact me at any time.
Chairman, Libertarian State Leadership Alliance
In response, Phillies is making a motion with the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts to sever all relations with the LSLA.
At the moment I *am* the LNC’s choice of candidate in Massachusetts, because of a decision *they* made.Â Indeed, I have asked several LNC members to include as a discussion topic support for my campaign as their candidate, should our suit fail.
I observe that there is no identification of the complaint, the complaintant in best Soviet informant style is anonymous, and I am given no chance to defend myself against the lack of accusation.
Instead of courtesy, I am given a response that in my opinion is more fit to have emanated from the Alabama KKK.
Accordingly, I will offer at tomorrow’s LPMASS State Committee meeting, under our bylaws, a motion ordering and directing that LPMass sever all relations with LSLA, calling upon all officers and members to do the same, and making clear that individual LPMass members pursuing Federal or LNC office are in no sense discouraged from attending LSLA meetings.
I will not take it amiss if our exact position relative to the substitution suit is called up for reconsideration.
Phillies describes the “indiscretion” for which he’s been banned here:
In any event, I received an ad “We’re giving away 100,000 signs to support every campaign in America.” followed by various html links on how every campaign in America can get signs.Â I have no idea whether the ad is real, or whether Obama or McCain has already ordered the 100,000, but http://www.buildasign.com/ appears to be real. I forwarded this to the state chairs list, assuming that the average Libertarian candidate can find someone who can cut through the mystery code and line up signs for their people.