Libertarian Party of Queens County Votes To Boycott NYLP State Convention

Dr. Tom Stevens on his blog (as with all opinionated articles on intra-party controversies, IPR is open to publishing a response should we receive one):



On March 10, 2011, the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Queens County unanimously adopted the following resolution, which contains a “strong recommendation” to LPQC members NOT TO ATTEND the New York Libertarian Party’s State Convention scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Suffolk County:

The New York Libertarian Party and its State Committee continues to disrespect the Queens Libertarian Party, its largest and most active chapter and has rejected out-of-hand the many compromises that have been offered to heal the growing rift between the two organizations. The State Party and the State Committee have denied Queens LP members the right to decide who shall represent them on the State Committee and have successfully silenced the voice of Dr. Tom Stevens, LPQC’s State Representative, who raised important questions and demanded professionalism from those involved in leadership positions in the State Party.

While the main culprits behind attacking the Queens LP and Dr. Tom Stevens (our unanimously elected State Representative) have been Blay Tarnoff, Gary Donoyan and M Carling (the same people behind the 2006 de-chartering of the Queens LP), they could not have accomplished these goals without the support of others serving on the State Committee. Instead of NYLP State Committee members holding the Queens LP up as an example of how to run a successful local chapter, our organization is constantly under attack. This has frustrated Queens LP members who have demanded from the State Committee substantive and immediate reversals of the actions taken against our chapter and its leadership as well as formal apologies to John Procida, our former LPQC Chair; Dr. Tom Stevens, our elected but unrecognized State Representative; Sam Sloan, an active LPQC member who sued the State Party to expose the rigged gubernatorial nomination process that took place at the last State Convention; and all Queens LP members who have been distracted by this ongoing nonsense.

The Executive Committee recognizes that each Queens LP member may decide for him or herself whether to attend the upcoming NYLP State Convention on April 30, 2011. However, in light of the many actions taken against the Queens LP and its officers, it is the strong recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Queens County that Queens LP members boycott the upcoming State Convention in protest to the actions taken against it as a chapter during this past year.

It is our sincere hope the situation can be rectified and that peace can be achieved so the NYLP and the LPQC can work together in harmony for the sake of liberty. It disappoints us that many State Committee members continue to fail to exercise sufficient self-criticism to understand how their actions and votes have damaged the State Party and have insulted and alienated the Queens LP, NYLP’s largest and most active chapter.

Until such time that our concerns have been substantively and fully addressed, we will not rest nor falter in our resolve.

No Justice! No Peace!

In the months leading up to this action, John Clifton, LPQC Chair, proposed two bylaws amendments to change the State Bylaws, the sum and substance of which would have allowed duly chartered chapters to elect a Chair and State Representative of their own choosing, without regard to whether those individuals were State Party members. Dr. Stevens, the duly elected LPQC State Representative, had his Life Membership in the State Party suspended and John Procida, the LPQC Chair, resigned after a movement was started to suspend his State Party Membership.

Mr. Clifton had informed the State Party that if his compromise amendments were adopted, the Queens LP would give up all of its other demands, which have included the reversal of the illegal membership suspensions of Sam Sloan and Dr. Tom Stevens, apologies to Stevens, Sloan, Procida and Queens LP members; restoration of the Life Membership of Dr. Tom Stevens, and a full public apology to the Queens LP for the continued attacks on it by the State Committee of the New York Libertarian Party.

On Sunday, March 6, 2011 at a State Committee teleconference, John Clifton’s proposed amendments were defeated and rejected for consideration and possible adoption by the delegates who shall be in attendance at the upcoming State Convention. At that point, the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Queens County decided that the only logical step to take would be to boycott that upcoming State Convention, which resulted in the adoption of the above noted resolution.

21 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Queens County Votes To Boycott NYLP State Convention

  1. Michael H. Wilson

    I heard that M Carling was just at the Libertarian Party of Oregon convention and played a role in the work there. Now he is at the New York party. The man does get around.

    Hey maybe we should all belong to four or five different state parties. Maybe we should just do away with state parties and float between some fifty locations to different meetings and always vote against each other.

    Maybe we should quit playing games.

  2. Robert Capozzi

    tk, thanks for clarifying. I actually know a “radical” L who was pro-Iraq War, so there’s overlap there, too, although it’s likely much smaller.

  3. LibertarianGirl

    “The Executive Committee recognizes that each Queens LP member may decide for him or herself whether to attend the upcoming NYLP State Convention on April 30, 2011. However, in light of the many actions taken against the Queens LP and its officers, it is the strong recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Queens County that Queens LP members boycott the upcoming State Convention in protest to the actions taken against it as a chapter during this past year.”

    me- IfQueens is it’s most active and largest chapter , why wouldnt the goal be to bring as many people possible and vote the changes they seek?

    “John Clifton, LPQC Chair, proposed two bylaws amendments to change the State Bylaws, the sum and substance of which would have allowed duly chartered chapters to elect a Chair and State Representative of their own choosing, without regard to whether those individuals were State Party members. ”

    me_well what would the requirement for County members be then. Potentially , they could send reps that arent even Libs , correct?

    In St Louis , I had never heard f Dr Stevens , I will admit I almost voted for him because he had the prefix DR. in front of hs name , then he opened his mouth and um… well… I didnt vote for him

  4. M Carling Is Everywhere

    I heard that M Carling was just at the Libertarian Party of Oregon convention and played a role in the work there. Now he is at the New York party. The man does get around.

    M Carling was a member of (and, I believe, an officer of) the California LP 5 – 6 years ago. He was active in the NY LP at the time. I didn’t know about any Oregon connection.

  5. paulie Post author

    How was the Queens party “constantly under attack”? Some details would be nice.

    All I posted was exactly the article on Dr. Stevens’ blog. He has other articles on his blog, so if you follow the link back there you can read them, if so inclined. There’s another side to the story, but it doesn’t sound like they feel it is worth the time to provide it, from Eric Sundwall’s comment.

  6. JT

    Paulie: “All I posted was exactly the article on Dr. Stevens’ blog. He has other articles on his blog, so if you follow the link back there you can read them, if so inclined. There’s another side to the story, but it doesn’t sound like they feel it is worth the time to provide it, from Eric Sundwall’s comment.”

    I just checked them out. Now I’m sorry I asked.

  7. paulie Post author

    …dial is always on eleven.

    Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
    Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
    Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
    Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
    Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
    Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
    Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
    Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
    Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
    Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
    Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

  8. MarcMontoni

    Tom Stevens has never struck me as much of a ‘libertarian’. He comes across as a person who is perpetually at war with his state LP and sometimes the national LP.

    His attempt a few years ago to “go around” the LP with his “Stonewall Libertarians” group looked to me like just a vanity play.

  9. Mark Axinn

    Tom Stevens, like me, is a lawyer and has a Juris Doctor degree.

    In 28 years of practice, he is the only lawyer I have ever met who calls himself “Doctor”. Of course, it is his right to do so, although it no doubt confuses many people.

    For a long time, I thought Tom was a medical doctor.

  10. Mark Axinn

    Correction to my post no. 20: I have met some people who hold both JD and Ph.D . degrees and therefore have referred to them as “Doctor”. Roger Pilon of CATO comes to mind as an example in our circles.

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