Outright Libertarians: ‘The only openly LGBT member of Libertarian National Committee needs your help’

Email alert from the Outright Libertarians:

Outright Libertarians:

We need your help. We’re not asking for money, but only for a few minutes of your time.

Please contact your Regional Representative and At-Large Representatives to the Libertarian National Committee, and tell them to cease the LNC’s attacks on Angela Keaton. There is a sample letter
at the end of this message.

This weekend, at the Libertarian National Committee meeting in San Diego, there is an agenda item to “discipline” Angela, Outright’s California representative and the only openly LGBT member on the
Libertarian National Committee.

Having thoroughly investigated the “charges” against Angela, we have determined that this witch hunt is more about the ideology of Angela’s attackers than about Angela’s own behavior. If you want a detailed analysis of these “charges,” please see the five-part article at TheDailyLiberty.com by George Phillies entitled “In Defense of Angela Keaton.” But the short version is that, for a small subset of the LNC that wishes to “re-brand the Libertarian Party [as] the real conservative party now,” having an openly bisexual anti-war activist on the LNC is extremely inconvenient.

To address this inconvenience, they have drafted a resolution, “That Angela Keaton’s membership in the Libertarian National Committee is suspended pursuant to Article 8, Section 5 of the Bylaws of the
Libertarian Party.”

In other words, they have decided to overrule the will of the delegates to the Libertarian National Convention in Denver this past May, who elected Angela as an At-Large member of the LNC. They want to kick her off of the committee, so that they can appoint one of their cronies to replace her.

If you can attend the meeting with us this weekend and speak personally with LNC members, that would be wonderful, but it’s just as important (maybe more important) for those who can’t make it to San Diego to contact their representatives on the LNC and ask them to:

1) Remove from the agenda the vote on disciplinary action against Angela Keaton,

and if that fails,

2) Vote NO on any disciplinary action against Angela.

Angela’s attackers have been making these claims about her since before the last convention in Denver, where she was democratically re-elected by the delegates to the position of At-Large
Representative. The delegates saw the motives of Angela’s attackers and rejected them, so now this small faction of LNC members have decided to exploit the Party’s bylaws to overturn the will of the
Denver Convention delegates. We must stop them. Please contact your LNC Representatives today, and tell them to cease the LNC’s attacks on Angela Keaton.

Sincerely,

Rob Power
National Chair
Outright Libertarians

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Sample Letter and LNC Representative Contact Info
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To the Libertarian National Committee:

I am writing to ask that you cease the LNC’s attacks on Angela Keaton.

At your last meeting on September 7, instead of doing anything to address the trillion-dollar Wall Street bailout that had just been announced, the LNC chose to waste time persecuting one of its members who had been democratically elected by the Denver Convention delegates. And your next meeting’s agenda calls for even more time to be wasted on this petty witch hunt that does nothing to advance the cause of Liberty.

Please put the LNC back on track to actually doing its job, and set aside this petty attack on one member whose fiercely Libertarian ideology is simply inconvenient for a handful of socially-conservative
members of the LNC.

First, please vote to remove the disciplinary action against Angela Keaton from the meeting agenda altogether. If that vote fails, please do the right thing and vote against any such disciplinary action.

It’s time that the LNC get back to its job of advancing Liberty in our country, and this petty attack on a democratically elected At-Large representative to the LNC is an inexcusable distraction from the LNC’s primary duties.

Sincerely,

Your Name and Address

http://www.lp.org/leadership

Chair
Bill Redpath
wredpath@his.com
703-864-2132
Leesburg, VA

Vice Chair
michael@resetamerica.com
503-625-2839
Sherwood, OR

Secretary
Bob Sullentrup
rwsully@att.net
St. Charles, MO

Treasurer
Aaron Starr
starrcpa@pacbell.net
Simi Valley, CA

At-Large Representatives

Angela Keaton
angela@angelakeaton.com
West Hollywood, CA

Patrick Dixon
chair@lptexas.org
Lago Vista, Texas

Michael C. Colley
narwhal3@gulftel.com
Gulf Shores, AL

Lee Wrights
rleewrights@gmail.com

Mary Ruwart
mary@ruwart.com

Region 1
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah,
Wyoming

Representative
Tony Ryan
TRLeap@aol.com
Sioux Falls, SD

Alternate
George Squyres
gsquyres@gotsky.com
Flagstaff, AZ

Region 2
California

Representative
Mark Hinkle
mark@garlic.com
Morgan Hill, CA

Alternate
Dr. Scott Lieberman
scott73@earthlink.net
San Jose, CA

Region 3
Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana

Representative
Rebecca Sink-Burris
rebecca.sinkburris@gmail.com
Bloomington, IN

Alternate
Bob Jackson
jaxonusa@msn.com
Coloma, MI

Region 4
Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

Representative
Stewart Flood
sff@ivo.net
Charleston, SC

Alternate
Heather Scott
Heatherscott01@hotmail.com
Mount Juliet, TN

Region 5 – South
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West
Virginia

Representative
Jim W. Lark, III
jwlark@virginia.edu
Free Union, VA

Alternate
Berlie Etzel
berlie@etzel.us
Shippeville, PA

Region 5 – North
Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island,
Vermont

Representative
Dan Karlan
Dankarlan@earthlink.net

Region 6
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Wisconsin

Representative
Julie Fox
jfox1214@sbcglobal.net

Alternate
Jake Porter
jake@jakeporter.org
Saint Joseph, MO

Region 7
Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Representative
Rachel Hawkridge
Lpwa.com1@gmail.com

Alternate
Steve LaBianca
freedhwy@gmail.com

21 thoughts on “Outright Libertarians: ‘The only openly LGBT member of Libertarian National Committee needs your help’

  1. G.E.

    I wonder if Outright will revoke Angela’s LGBT pass when they find out she has positive things to say about Ron Paul and his followers.

  2. Former LP Life Member

    G.E.:

    I don’t think the LGBT is as sectarian as the LP National Committee. Perhaps they know a bit more about tolerance.

  3. G.E.

    I don’t think the LGBT is as sectarian as the LP National Committee. Perhaps they know a bit more about tolerance.

    HA!

  4. George Donnelly

    While I applaud this effort to get people to contact their reps, the message plays a little fast and loose with the facts.

    Presumably it was Stewart Flood, not the scary “they” who is making the charges.

    And we’re not sure that “they” want to replace her with a crony. I mean, the evidence is just rumor and hearsay.

  5. Terry Burton

    I wonder if Outright will revoke Angela’s LGBT pass when they find out she has positive things to say about Ron Paul and his followers.

    She probably ate her way through the Ron Paul Hotties.

  6. joeydauben

    As one of the so-called “reformers” in the LP who was one of the earliest backers of Wayne Allyn Root, I can say with public importance that this little “situation” has gotten totally out of hand.

    I find it a bit embarrassing. This is no different than McCain’s staffers picking Sarah Palin apart after the election.

    If there are legitimate reasons to censure or whatever, then let’s focus on that. But this is nothing more than a witch hunt. Or it appears to be. I’m speaking from a media angle now. Sounds like a purge.

  7. JimDavidson

    @6 Terry’s just jealous.

    @5 This wouldn’t be on the agenda, George, if it were just Stewie. It is an official effort. Call and talk to Redpath or Starr if you doubt they are in this with Flood. Besides, contacting all those people is good for those contacted, and those contacting. New friendships, new love affairs, it’s all good.

  8. JimDavidson

    And who paid for the creepy parliamentarians to issue their official position? Am I right in supposing that the professional opinion must have been paid for? Or was it “pro bono” for something like this?

  9. Michael Seebeck

    George, “they” are having Stewie carry the ball for them this round because “they” tried it themselves in September and failed. After this fails, we can expect “they” to find someone else to front their dirty work before the February-March meeting.

    And Terry is just out of line with his stupid comments.

  10. BrianHoltz

    George Donnelly, it’s unfair of you to assume this letter “plays fast and loose with the facts”. For all you know, the Outright Libertarians possess a time machine that lets them go forward in time to assess the forthcoming evidence about the new charges in Flood’s resolution, and then back in time to have them be answered in Phillies’ articles (which in our current branch of the time continuum are not about Flood’s charges at all, but rather are about other supposedly equivalent infractions by others on LNC). 🙂

    Neither Yahoo web search nor Google web or blog search can track down the source of this alleged quote that anybody on LNC “wishes to ‘re-brand the Libertarian Party [as] the real conservative party now'”.

    This would not be the first time that deliberate falsehoods have been spammed out to LP members over Rob Power’s signature. See my comments at http://thirdpartywatch.com/2008/05/16/open-letter-lp-platform-minority-report/ for details.

  11. JimDavidson

    @12 Being jealous isn’t nearly as enjoyable as eating my way through the Libertarian Hotties on libhotties.com. But if you feel jealous, knock yerself out.

  12. Gene Trosper

    I’m happy to say that jealousy plays absolutely no role in my life.

    Libhotties, huh? I’ll have to check that out.

  13. Gene Trosper

    Jim: not cool. I clicked on the youtube link expecting hotties and instead was faced by two hairy dudes playing acoustic guitar.

  14. George Donnelly

    To address this inconvenience, they have drafted a resolution (OP)

    Presumably it was Stewart Flood, not the scary “they” who is making the charges. (me)

    @5 This wouldn’t be on the agenda, George, if it were just Stewie. (Jim)

    Be that as it may, the topic is who drafted the charges, or who is making the charges.

    Stewart Flood claims credit. I have no reason to disbelieve him.

    Correct, he could not have gotten it on the agenda if not for Redpath, if we’re to believe that they are following the policy manual.

  15. George Donnelly

    George, “they” are having Stewie carry the ball for them this round because “they” tried it themselves in September and failed.

    Fine, but the use of the scary “they” makes it sound hysterical. It reduces the credibility quotient of the statement.

    This would not be the first time that deliberate falsehoods have been spammed out to LP members over Rob Power’s signature

    I find no “deliberate falsehoods” in the statement.

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