Posted at Liberty For All by George Phillies, candidate for LNC chair:
Recently — hey, I’m a candidate, did you expect my opponents to say nice things about me? — a number of bizarre rumors have arisen about Massachusetts Libertarian ballot access. Please note that I am one member of the state committee, our chair is David Blau, and our state committee has uniformly been unanimous on these questions. In particular:
#1) False rumor: Massachusetts Libertarians are about to lose ballot access.
Truth: This year, you can run for partisan office here on the “Libertarian line”. In 2012, you will be able to run for partisan office here on the “Libertarian line”. In every other future year, you will be able to run for partisan office here on the “Libertarian line”. That’s true no matter who we Massachusetts Libertarians run or do not run for office in 2010. There is no legal way to change this situation. [Ballot aside: In most town ballots, the candidate names appear in a vertical column, with the Party Designation in slightly smaller print on the line after the name.]
#2) False rumor: I declined an offer to run for Secretary of State as a Libertarian.
Truth: I am not legally eligible to run for Secretary of State. If anyone had asked — they didn’t — I would have told them so. [Why? I’m Libertarian State Treasurer, and our state law says that Treasurers of State-filing PACs may not be candidates for public office.]