The Constitution Party National Committee meeting was addressed this past weekend by former Rep. John Hostettler. Former Rep. Hostettler recently wrote a book and addressed the Constitution Party on the same basic topics his book covers. After John Hostettler’s remarks, Howard Phillips, the founder of the party and CP Presidential candidate in ’92, ’96, and ’00, claimed that “No one worked harder over the past 12 years to protect constitutional principles in Congress” (this is a paraphrase, passed on to me secondhand).
This statement apparently had a sour effect on those activists and leaders in the party who backed Ron Paul during 2008’s primaries. I recieved emails from members in Idaho, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Nevada all complaining about this statement. One leader in the party, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, “John Hostettler was a great guy in Congress, definetly one of ours, but to say he beat out the likes of Ron Paul is insulting.”
I just recieved this statement in my email from Gary Odom, National Field Director of the CP
“It has come to my attention that there was a feeling, on the part of some, that the complimentary remarks made by Howard Phillips of John Hostettler at the recent Constitution Party National Committee Meeting in Orlando Florida where former Congressman Hostettler spoke, to the effect that “nobody worked for Constitutional principles during his 12 years in Congress than John Hostettler” were somehow denigrating to Ron Paul.
I have to believe that whoever derived such an idea completely miscontued Howard’s intent and the context in which they were made. John Hostettler was a guest at our meeting and had just spoken, prior to Howard Phillips. A number of our members, like, I suppose, many members of the general public were not completely familiar with Congressman Hostettler. Howard simply meant to convey a compliment to him that was well deserved. Nobody was talking about Ron Paul at the moment and, besides, everyone in the room was very, very familiar with Ron Paul. This was simply meant as a positive statement about John Hostettler. To take any other meaning, frankly, is quite silly. Howard Phillips is a close personal friend of Ron Paul and continues to work with him on a great many issues. There is nobody who has greater respect and admiration for Ron Paul than Howard Phillips.
Not every complimentary reference to someone who works hard for Constitutional principles requires a comparative reference to Ron Paul. I’m sure that Ron Paul would agree with this statement as much as anybody. Let’s not be ridiculous looking problems that simply do not exist.”
National Field Director