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A quick report from Kimberly Wilder, contributor at Independent Political Report:
I attended the Libertarian Party of New York State Convention as a press person and a third party activist (enrolled “blank/independent). These are some quick observations, which I will expand later in the post and/or comments section. Hope other people will give their thoughts and impressions of the day in the comments.
My favorite strategy of the day: Many years ago, when police asked Julian Heicklen to move away from a sidewalk where he was protesting, Heicklen said, “I have a permit to be here.” And, he showed the police a copy of the 1st Amendment.
Some interesting folks I ran into: Chris Edes of Free & Equal, Chris Garvey, Audrey Capozzi, Bruce Martin, Richard Cooper, and Warren Redlich.
Interesting sentiments: There was much applause and shout-outs for the presidential candidacy (either Libertarian or Republican) of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. Chris Garvey noted that if Ron Paul was the Republican candidate, here in New York the Libertarians could use fusion to cross-endorse him. Another person from the audience suggested a Ron Paul as President, Gary Johnson as Vice President ticket.
Scheduled Speakers: Mark Axinn, LPNY Chair; CJ Maloney, author; Warren Redlich, Libertarian Party 2010 Governor candidate; Gigi Bowman of Free & Equal; Danny Panzella (with comments on unjust TSA searches and his 4th Amendment t-shirt); Peter Nicols; Bill Redpath of the national Libertarian Party; Dan Halloran, a Republican elected official in NYC, who ran on several lines including Libertarian; Julian Heicklen, a Freedom Fighter (who spoke about the concern that so many Americans are in prison); George Marlin, a Conservative activist and columnist for LI Business News; and Masood Manoochehi of Students for Liberty.