John Jay Myers endorsements

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I hereby endorse John Jay Myers for LNC chair. I feel John is completely familiar with the tenets of Liberty based on the Constitution and would be the best representative for the Libertarian National Committee Chair.
Richard W. Forsythe
Candidate for Texas State Rep District 61

I’ve known John Jay Myers for some time and know that he’s has the energy of three regular humans, the creativity surpassing the rest of the field as it pertains to solving the problems of our National party – and in leveraging our strengths. I wholeheartedly support John Jay Myers, since I’ve seen him build his county, assist in building the state, and offer substantive solutions (vs. “air”, “being able to get on Fox News every so often to shout at other talking heads”, or “continue down the path of becoming a national debating society”).
His goal, as is the goal of the LP, is to win elections. I think that sounds good to me.
John Spivey Chair of the Tarrant County Libertarian Party.

Mr. Myers,

It was a pleasure to meet you at the Indiana convention. I was impressed how you went around to each table, conversed with everybody in attendance and gave your take on the direction you felt the Party needed to go. It is similar to my own campaign style as I go around my District talking to people one on one.
We need more every day people to run for office. We don’t need polished politicians or want-to-be politicians! We need real hardworking Americans stepping forward and offering to serve their country and when their service is complete returning to their lives and their communities.
At some point one of our members will break the cycle of politics as usual. And that person will be the personification of the Libertarian Party – front and center and on display for the entire country to judge and critique. That person will need to be very grounded and real to give a good representation of both the party and of the new ideal of a Citizen Legislator and why we need more of them and less of the business as usual.
I am confident after our conversations both in person and online that if you are the one to break through – our party would be well represented.
Your being elected as our National Chairman would be a great boon to the Party, in my humble estimation, and makes me regret not seeking to be a delegate to the national convention! But, I would like to thank you for stepping forward and offering your services in this capacity for our Party while also running your Congressional campaign! I wish you success in both elections!

In Liberty,

John Duncan
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Indiana (D4)

John Jay Myers is the future of our party. He embodies those qualities which are most important for the LNC chairman, qualities like the ability to communicate our principles clearly, the ability to bring together the various factions of our party, the ability to motivate others to give that extra effort, and most importantly, the ability to make people believe that the LP can be successful. I heartily endorse John Jay Myers for chairman of the LNC.

Don Wills
Chairman, Wyoming LP

Although I have met John Jay in person only one time, I have been watching his work, his videos and his attitude through YouTube, Facebook and his interaction with the Libertarian Party of Texas. As such, I have seen that John stands for Libertarian values, he stands for commonsense and he has been consistent in his message. He has supported myself and others in our local campaigns by offering advice and guidance.

Through John’s work on the Texas State Executive Committee, he has shown more than dedication to the Libertarian Party, he has shown dedication to the Libertarian Philosophies. He is willing to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work that is needed to not only spread the message, but to win support from non-libertarians which has helped to grow our party.

Bruce A. West Candidate for U.S. Congress Texas District 8

To Whom It May Concern,
Please accept this letter of my recommendation for John Jay Myers for LNC chair. I feel that the appointment of Wayne Root would negatively impact the Libertarian Party. His views seem more appropriate for the GOP than this party. I have lost possible constituents over this matter. While I have never met Mr. Root personally, and bear him no ill will, the negative impressions through the press releases I have viewed will no doubt keep losing possible votes for me. Therefore, I have met Mr. Myers and find his views more in tune with the traditional leadership of the LP. I encourage all concerned to make sure that Mr. Myers is appointed to the position of LNC Chair.

Steve Susman(L)
TX Congressional District 22

Simply put; John gets it. We need to move out of the debate club mentality but not at the cost of losing sight of our principles; all of them. John makes sense in an energized and charismatic way, without coming across as a huckster. While outreach to everyone is required, I believe John would resonate best with young voters, who are not yet entrenched into one of the two dominant parties. John has a proven track record of success in Texas, for the LP, and I like the emphasis on support of County Parties, one of which I am Executive Chair. John seems to understand that top-down politics does not work, and how important it is to build from the ground up. I have no fear that John would misrepresent the Party or undermine the reasons I went from a (l) to a (L) after at least a decade of the former.

I hereby officially endorse John Jay Myers for LNC Chair.

Nicholas N. Burdohan
Executive Chair
Summit County Libertarian Party
Summit County, Ohio.

5 thoughts on “John Jay Myers endorsements

  1. paulie Post author

    While this list does not have as many so-called “big fish” as Root’s and Hinkle’s lists, I think what they say is just as important as who says it, and county chairs and congressional candidates have a ground level view of how the national party does and does not help the local affiliates.

  2. paulie Post author

    Myers just stepped on the national stage recently, so it’s not surprising that fewer prominent LP members know enough about him to endorse him.

  3. paulie Post author

    A new one:

    Jeff Sexton

    I’m a State/Local specialist. I don’t track National politics that closely, but seeing as how the Libertarian National Convention is next weekend and we have a fairly hotly contested race for LNC Chairman going on, I decided to take a look into it and let my voice be heard. After all, what is the point of having a blog if you don’t express an opinion or two, right? :D

    I’ve been talking to a few Libertarians I trust, all of which are admittedly in Georgia -including my good friend Jason Pye-, and I’ve been reading what I could find on Independent Political Report and the websites IPR’s Paulie gave me when I asked about them last night.

    Based on those conversations, a review of the information on each of the websites provided, and my brief conversation on IPR with one of the LNC Chair candidates, I hereby endorse John Jay Myers for LNC Chair. Like Mr. Myers, I believe that as a Party our best strategy at the present time is to work first at home, then in our States, and then at the National level.

    For too long, the Libertarian Party has tried a top down approach, which I understand is mandated to an extent by ballot access laws, of which Georgia’s are some of the worst in the nation. There are three approaches to achieving ballot access though: 1) Comply with them. I know nothing about other States, but in Georgia, a top down approach via either President or Governor candidates is mandated by law to achieve full equal ballot access, and this is the approach typically used by the LNC in my understanding. (This is referred to by many as the “50 State Strategy”.) 2) Work to get the existing laws changed. This requires networking with everyone concerned, including legislators, activists, and concerned citizens. We had a number of ballot access bills introduced in Georgia in 2010, and I hope we will be able to continue this in the near future and get at least some degree of genuine ballot access reform in this State.

    But the third approach is what I personally believe is the area where we as a Party – at both National and State levels – need to concentrate: Grow the Party from the bottom up by concentrating on winning as many local races as possible before moving up the political ladder to the State Assemblies, Statewide offices, and then National offices. Grow our local chapters and affiliates, and use them to spread the Libertarian message door to door, neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend, business associate to business associate. John Jay Myers seems to understand this better than the other candidates, all of whom seem to favor either no actual political activity or a continued top-down mentality.

    Mr. Myers also seems to understand the politics of the day and that we truly are a distinct philosophy from both the mainstream “left” AND “right”, but that our message appeals to both and should be discussed with both. As someone has said, we will not gain a majority – and thus begin winning elections – by appealing only to one half of one half of the Big Government Party.

    I completely agree with this quote in particular from Mr. Myers’ website:

    I understand that we will not attract new membership unless we distinguish ourselves from other parties without alienating the majority of Americans. The Libertarian Party is the only one that stands for the American principles that defined our country, and it can once again, but only with leadership that focuses on our true principles and lives those principles every day.

    The next 2 to 4 years represent a significant opportunity for Libertarians, and we cannot afford to have an LNC Chair who either appeals almost exclusively to one half of one half of our competitor or who does not believe we should engage in actual politics at all. We also cannot have a LNC Chair who is intent on continuing the backbiting and infighting that has plagued the LNC for so long and has led many Libertarians to end their involvement in the National Party.

    Because Mr. Myers understands that our Party will grow best if grown from the bottom up, and because he understands that we must spread our message to ALL of our American brothers and sisters, I am proud to give him my endorsement.

    Jeff Sexton
    LP-Georgia Executive Committee At Large Rep,
    Founding Chair, LP-Southwest Georgia,

  4. Zander Collier

    Zander Collier, Former Southern Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of California endorses John Jay Myers.

    He’s talked with me about implementing a local-first strategy that emphasizes principles while actually getting candidates elected.

    When a candidate for National Chair talks about how being elected as an officer to the party must not be about ego, but needs instead to be about service;
    when a candidate for National Chair finally talks about a party that supports its candidates for public office locally first;
    when a candidate for National Chair finally talks about the importance of building this political party from the bottom-up, not the top-down;
    when a candidate for National Chair talks about the National LP being a servant, not a master, to the state parties;
    when a candidate for National Chair talks about the State LP chapters being servants, not masters to their affliate county parties;
    when a candidate for National Chair talks about making sure that we do not confuse elected positions in the party with the accomplishment of the advancement of our goals in the society at large;
    when a candidate for National Chair finally steps forward with a vision for the future and a plan to create that future…

    I support that candidate.

    -Zander Collier
    Member, Libertarian Party of California

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