Libertarian National Congressional Committee Announces Addition of Poker Celebrity Phil Gordon to the Board

Wayne Allyn Root, the Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee (LNCC) announced today the addition of Phil Gordon, one of the great poker professionals in the world, to the Board of the LNCC. Gordon is a World Poker Tour champion, has seven final table finishes at the World Series of Poker, and close to $3,000,000 in lifetime tournament winnings. Gordon is a poker analyst for ESPN.com, the former lead commentator for Bravo’s hit show “Celebrity Poker Showdown”, and the author of 3 poker books with more than 500,000 copies in print in 12 languages.

Apart from his success at the tables, Gordon is also a well-known CEO, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. A Presidential Scholar at age 15, by his twenties Gordon had cashed out of a high-tech startup that sold to Cisco Systems for $95 million dollars. He retired from computer science at age 26 to take a 5-year, 50+ country journey around the world.

Today, Gordon is perhaps best known for his charity work. His “Bad Beat on Cancer” initiative has raised more than $3.3 million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and is now the official charity platform for the famous World Series of Poker, the world’s richest sporting event (over $150 million dollars in prizes in 2010).

Root said of Gordon’s addition to the LNCC Board, “I am so proud to add one of the world’s greatest poker professionals, as well as a business superstar to our Board. I met Phil on the set of “The Dennis Miller Show” on CNBC, and we’ve been good friends ever since. I expect Phil to bring to the Libertarian Party his lifetime of business savvy, as well as the poker strategy responsible for millions of dollars in tournament winnings. Combining Phil Gordon’s talents with Joe Sugarman, one of the great marketing geniuses in business history, will give the LNCC one of the greatest teams in politics.”

Gordon said, “I will work tirelessly to leave a bright future for our country and for my two young sons, Xander and Zachary. Americans need and deserve more economic and personal freedom. Americans deserve a Congress that realizes that government isn’t a solution, but is in fact the problem. The Libertarian Party is a viable alternative to the two-party travesty that created this mess. I look forward to helping Wayne Allyn Root and the Libertarian Party spread the word and help reclaim America for the People.”

15 thoughts on “Libertarian National Congressional Committee Announces Addition of Poker Celebrity Phil Gordon to the Board

  1. Trent Hill

    I have to say–Root has shown that he can bring some fairly wealthy people on board. I’m fairly impressed. I’ll be more impressed if he can get them to open their wallets.

  2. Erik G.

    I’ll be more impressed if Phil Gordon actually has libertarian (i.e. not conservative) views, unlike Mr. Root.

  3. Aaron Starr

    I’ve read much of Wayne Root’s book Conscience of a Libertarian and while I don’t agree with him 100% (not that I agree with anyone 100%), he is clearly within the mainstream of libertarian thought.

    As far as Phil Gordon goes, I’m impressed by his background. He’s obviously a bright and capable man. Hopefully, he will bring a lot to the board of the LNCC.

    I like Wayne Root’s approach of seeking out capable people worthy of serving on a board of directors.

    We seem to have plenty of libertarian theorists to go around. What we seem to largely lack are people who can execute well.

  4. George Whitfield

    I am glad Phil Gordon will be helping our Libertarian Party. Thanks to Wayne Allyn Root for bringing him to the LNCC.

  5. Chuck Moulton

    Interesting! If the goal is to bring more celebrity and business expertise to the LP, Wayne Root is certainly delivering. It remains to be seen how this talent can be leveraged.

    I didn’t know Phil Gordon was a libertarian. I watched every episode of Celebrity Poker Showdown though (I’m a poker enthusiast) and have always been impressed with Gordon — including his pre-poker background.

    Back when I was trying to recruit a celebrity poker player to seek the LP VP slot Gordon’s name came up. Others seemed better known and more promising prospects, so I never followed up to get more information on his political leanings. On that note, if the idea is to fill the board with celebrities then Greg Raymer (2004 WSOP main event champion) is another possibility.

    The Advocates for Self-Government has a pretty good list of libertarian celebrities — i.e., people that would be good prospects for recruiting to a board. If the LNCC board members spearheading this recruitment (Root and/or others) give me a call and fill me in to their goals for leveraging board members, I will probably have some other good ideas in harmony with that direction.

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  7. Brian Holtz

    I hardly ever watch poker on TV, but my wife and I faithfully watched Celebrity Poker Showdown and loved Phil Gordon. This is an excellent get — and would be even if it didn’t turn out that Gordon has an extremely impressive resume.

    Great work, Wayne!

  8. George Phillies

    To Mr. Root’s great credit, he is actually using his position to get things done, at least first steps, for his organization. There is a sharp contrast with the LNC. He has the simplification that the Members of the LNCC are not the 14,000 members of the National party but instead the people who gave the LNCC $1000 or more this year, that being the two gentlemen he has added to the LNCC Board (the LNCC has a Board, not a National Committee) at $1000 each, Aaron Starr at $4000, any up to three people for whom Mr Starr gave a membership as part of his $4000 if the LNCC allows this, and no one else. No one gave the $1000 last year, and all prior memberships have expired. as being more than one calendar year old. (Yes, there could also be political candidates who did things including giving their mailing list to the LNCC; can’t tell who qualifies that way.)

    We may contrast Mr. Root’s methodical vigor with the libertarian inaction coming out of most of the national committee. In fairness, congratulations to Mr. Flood for advancing with his IT committee. A half an hour of berating someone not named for supplying Liberty For America with various interesting pieces of inside information (such as the identity of the LNC member who recently urged that affiliates in some places should work to alter public policy rather than work on getting reasonable number of votes) is not progress. The LNC had a 1-day (six hour) meeting, almost as expensive as a two-day meeting, and did rather little with it.

    The Presidential campaigns cited in support of this tactic (Ron Paul on the November Ballot in Louisiana, Bob Barr in Georgia) seem very weak evidence for this proposal. Paul may have allowed people to put his name on the ballot, but he did not campaign at all for that race. The loyal Republicans who ahd voted for him in the primaryw ere mostly loyal Republicans, and stayed that way. Georgians knew Barr: He was the candidate with the record as a staunch Drug Warrior, the author of the Patriot Act and DOMA, the fellow who tried to purge the witches from the Army, in short, someone that freedom-loving Americans were highly unlikely to support unless they had heard he had for the moment changed all his coats, which they were very unlikely to have heard.

    In other words, for the LNC there has been very little forward progress other than giving extensive publicity on LP.ORG to Wayne’s doings, while giving no publicity that can be found in the same place on Lee Wrights’ announcement that he is running for our 2012 Presidential nomination.

  9. George Phillies

    “A half an hour of berating someone not named for supplying Liberty For America with various interesting pieces of inside information”

    though to the extent that the whiners guessed– not having any evidence — at the names of my sources, perhaps they should always be scrupulous not to make claims they cannot defend.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp

    “for the LNC there has been very little forward progress other than giving extensive publicity on LP.ORG to Wayne’s doings, while giving no publicity that can be found in the same place on Lee Wrights’ announcement that he is running for our 2012 Presidential nomination.”

    It may be that they’ve given that announcement no publicity because no such announcement has taken place.

    Wrights has announced the formation of an exploratory committee, which means that he is CONSIDERING running for the LP’s 2012 nomination.

  11. Carol Moore

    What is the legal status of this group? Where is the web page for this group? Or even info on the LP.org site? People are being asked to give money to an organization that has no legal standing? Details please.

  12. paulie Post author

    What is the legal status of this group? Where is the web page for this group? Or even info on the LP.org site? People are being asked to give money to an organization that has no legal standing? Details please.

    The webpage is apparently being redeveloped and is down for the meantime. Why do you say it has no legal standing?

  13. Carol Moore

    Status of Libertarian National Congressional Committee which is subject of this article. What LPWATCH yahoogroup is actually discussing this stuff in useful manner without certain obnoxious moderators taking 3-4 days to approve messages.

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