The following questions for Wayne Root, candidate for Libertarian National Committee chair, were posted by immediate past LNC Vice Chair Chuck Moulton in IPR comments on a previous Q &A between Wayne Root and Brian Holtz. It was also emailed to Wayne Root on April 8 by me (Paulie) with an explanation that the questions were from Chuck, and so far, I have not been copied on any response, if there was one.
This post is meant as a compliment to the tough questions for, and investigative reports about, another LNC chair candidate, Ernie Hancock, that IPR’s Brian Holtz has been posting recently. It continues a series I began by reposting Tom Knapp’s ‘A Tale of Two Waynes?’ at https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/tom-knapp-a-tale-of-two-waynes/
I would like to clarify for our readers that neither that post, nor this one, constitutes an editorial or (anti)endorsement by either myself or IPR, and apologize for any misunderstanding that the lack of explanatory text such as this on that previous post caused. -Paulie
1. (Mr. Root,) As Chair, to what extent would you rely on counsel from Aaron Starr for administrative decisions of party business (staffing, executive decisions, dealing with LNC business, etc.)?
2. During media appearances where you will be referred to as Chair of the Libertarian Party, will you be taking the positions listed in the LP platform or your own positions? If the latter, will you make clear to the audience where the Libertarian Party platform differs?
3. Some have described you as the Sarah Palin of the LP in that you are great at delivering talking points, but when conversations get more substantive you sometimes do not have the deeper insights that come from scholarly study of issues (in stark contrast to Ron Paul, for example). As valedictorian of your high school class and an ivy league graduate, clearly you have the capacity to learn and convey such information. If elected Chair, will you correct this deficiency by getting in depth briefings from Cato scholars on issues of the day and teach yourself the principles and applications of free-market (Austrian) economics by studying Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard?
4. When you are acting in your personal or business capacity rather than your LP Chair capacity, what steps will you take to separate your pitches as a client for corporations from the Libertarian Party label? In other words, can you be counted on not to be referred to as the 2008 LP Vice-Presidential candidate or the LP Chair when you are producing Internet videos selling products unrelated to the LP?
5. Why wouldn’t it be a conflict of interest for the person elected Chair in 2010 to run for President in 2012 — even if a “leave of absence” were taken? I believe that Barr’s leave of absence as a LNC member to run for President would be fundamentally different from the Chairman and CEO of the LP taking a leave of office to run for President… why am I wrong?
6. Why should someone who has never served on the LNC be elected Chair of the LNC?
7. Why is reaching out only to conservatives a good strategy when Ron Paul made his mark and raised much of his money through his opposition to the Iraq war? Given that many college students lean liberal and the young are the future of the LP and the country, why is[n’t] outreach to young liberals with free time to volunteer and potential to be lifelong LP supporters more important than outreach to old conservatives with lots of money to donate?
8. Will you be appearing on MSNBC and CNN, or just Fox News? Will you be able to effectively highlight the Libertarian Party’s liberal positions (anti-war, pro-LGBT rights, etc.) to the appropriate demographics?
9. Will you be firing Wes Benedict as Executive Director if elected Chair? If so, with whom will you replace him?
10. You say you changed your religion from Jewish to evangelical Christian and changed your war views from pro-war to anti-war. It would seem that the first change would be an advantage in business and politics, whereas the latter change would be an advantage in earning Libertarian Party votes for internal office and public office nominations. Were these changes genuine, for political advantage, or both? What other changes in your religion and/or ideology would you be willing to make to become more electable? What is a line you would draw in your principles beyond which you would not be willing to sacrifice or compromise for electability?
Don’t get me wrong from these questions… I like Wayne personally and I would like to see him continue to run for public office as a Libertarian. However, I don’t think Chair is the right position for him and I think he should address the hard questions rather than the easy questions.