On the heels of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina withdrawing from the Libertarian National Committee’s Region 1, the Texas Libertarian Party has directed it chair to seek the removal of the region’s representative Stewart Flood…
In December, the N.C. Libertarian executive committee voted unanimously to withdraw from the region. “Region representatives should proactively seek input from the members of the region,” wrote Barbara Howe, LPNC chair in an e-mail message to the national committee. “Since the 2010 convention, we have received exactly one communication from just one of our alleged representatives — a request for comments on the 2012 convention location.”
Howe said that this was a “continuation of a historical pattern of virtually nonexistent communication between us and our regional representatives.”
These sentiments were echoed in Texas.
“The feeling is that Stewart has never really represented the region,” said LP state chair Pat Dixon. “While I was on the national committee he never presented a single regional report, nor has he ever asked me as Texas state chair what was going on in Texas.”
Dixon said that the Texas LP executive committee also recommended that R. Lee Wrights be appointed to replace Flood. That decision will be made by the state chairs of the region.
The immediate effect of the LP North Carolina’s exit remains unclear; such a situation appears largely unprecedented.
Both the Libertarian Parties of Texas and North Carolina are active state affiliates; while their candidates’ numbers deflated as election day approached, earlier in the cycle their campaigns at the top of the ticket polled between high single digits and low double digits.
No matter what happens with Flood, there are already three more vacancies on the LNC with the passing of party founder David Nolan, installment of former party chairman Bill Redpath as Treasurer, and resignation of Region 4 Alternate Don Wills from the party. It is not clear who will take these posts, but there has been some buzz around former LNC Chair candidate John Jay Myers, former regional representative and Senate candidate Rebecca Sink-Burris, Dixon, and former Judge Jim Gray.