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Nominations and Seconds for Chair Candidates

The nomination process for chair candidates is their last chance to speak to delegates and to have proxies speak about them to delegates. The speeches occurred in random order.

Wayne Root was nominated first, by Indianapolis City Councilman Ed Coleman of Indiana, the Libertarian Party’s highest elected official currently. He said that Root was “the spark” the Libertarian Party needed. Mark Rutherford of Indiana, candidate for Vice Chair, seconded the nomination. Root’s daughter, Dakota Root of Nevada, also seconded his nomination.

John Myers was nominated by Don Wills, Libertarian Party of Wyoming chairman. He was seconded by a delegate from Texas, if anyone knows that man’s name, please share.

George Phillies was nominated by David Blau, chairman of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party, who claimed Phillies turned the party around in Massachusetts. Carol McMahon of Massachusetts seconds the nomination and commends Phillies on being a hard worker. Rob Power of Massachusetts, the national chair of the Outright Libertarians, also seconded Phillies’ nomination.

Mark Hinkle’s nomination speech was given by the founder of the Libertarian Party, David Nolan, who claimed that Hinkle had a proven record of growing the party. Hinkle’s nomination was seconded by Julie Fox of Illinois. Dr. Jim Lark of Virginia, a current LNC representative for Region-5 and a former chair of the LNC, also seconded Hinkle’s nomination. Other seconders include Hinkle’s son, a delegate from California, and Geoff Neale of Texas, another former LNC chair.

Ernie Hancock is nominated by Tony Wall of Tennessee, who says Hancock can do the job of chair by educating voters. He says Libertarian Party doesn’t need to move to the center, it needs to move the center to libertarianism. Jim Duensing of Nevada, party nominee for US Senate in Nevada, seconded the nomination and suggested that Hancock could appeal to both disaffected anti-war Democrats and Ron Paul-supporting Republicans. Jordan Page of Maryland, a musician who is popular in Ron Paul activist circles, also seconded Hancock’s nomination, as did Barry Hess of Arizona.

Lastly, as previously reported, Darryl W. Perry nominated himself as a chair candidate and then quickly suggested he was not a “legitimate candidate”. He then used the open mic to urge delegates to vote for Hancock and to join the Boston Tea Party.

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  1. Rob Power Rob Power June 1, 2010

    Small corrections. I’m from California, not Massachusetts, and I’m (as of Saturday night’s Outright membership meeting) just the Treasurer of Outright Libertarians. James Oaksun (the new LNC Treasurer) is the new national chair of Outright Libertarians.

  2. David Blau David Blau May 31, 2010

    For the record, Carol McMahon is from Connecticut and Rob Power is from California.

  3. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore May 30, 2010

    and Badnarik nominated Hancock last.

  4. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes May 30, 2010

    Just for the record RWL is not me. But I couldn’t have said it much better. RWM.

  5. Sean Shepard Sean Shepard May 30, 2010

    Define “mudding” … being a Constitutionalist instead of an anarcho-capitalist? Being a minarchist instead of an anarchists? Are Panarchists possibly not libertarian enough? Who decides?

  6. RWL RWL May 30, 2010

    I see the odious Root was quoted in the press as saying: “Our party has been too pure for too long.” No doubt when it comes to mudding up the libertarian waters, Root is the expert. Can’t have that pure stuff, no one will drink it. So a little bit of arsenic, to appeal to Root’s own conservative values will due. In other words, lets turn the LP into a party for has-been Republicans who are not libertarians.

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