Friday, Rachel Hawkridge announced her resignation from the Libertarian National Committee and the Libertarian Party. Ms. Hawkridge did not appear at the LNC’s April meeting in Washington, D.C. She last attended the organization’s November meeting in New Orleans.
Ms. Hawkridge had also been serving as Chair of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (LSLA). She has reportedly resigned from this position as well.
Hawkridge became incommunicado and disappeared from the public scene in January, several weeks prior to the LSLA’s scheduled biennial meeting. The organization of this meeting is normally the chair’s responsibility.
Hawkridge canceled the event.
She later reportedly was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness.
In her announement, Hawkridge criticized those she opposed, for example:
- She named Texas LP Chair Pat Dixon a saboteur of the LSLA conference. Dixon previously served as the organization’s Chair and had described all previous conferences he attended as “beneficial.”
- Calling Mark Hinkle a liar, incompetent and a “puppet” of former Treasurer Aaron Starr. [Though a long time friend, Starr was a supporter of Hinkle’s opponent for the chairmanship in St. Louis. As well, Hinkle recently favored the selection of Redpath over Starr to fill the vacancy of the Treasurer position.]
- Accusing staff at the National Committee Headquarters of removing her name from the membership database, a charge denied by Operations Director Robert Kraus.
This was not her first time using a public forum to criticize opponents. At November’s LNC meeting Hawkridge used time normally reserved for public comments to charge Chair Mark Hinkle with malfeasance. Her colleagues were bewildered.
A meeting of Region 2’s state chairs met Wednesday evening to replace Rachel Hawkridge, who was selected as its regional representative at the 2010 St. Louis Convention.
Six out of the region’s eight chairs met: Alaska’s Scott Kohlhaas, Florida’s Vicki Kirkland, Idaho’s Rob Oates, Massachusetts’ David Blau, New Hampshire’s Rich Tomasso and Tennessee’s John Sebastian. Vermont and Washington were not represented.
By unanimous vote, Vicki Kirkland was elevated from the Alternate position to that of Region Representative. By a 3-1 vote, with Oates in the minority, while Kirkland and Kohlhaas abstained, David Blau was selected over Heather Scott to fill the Alternate position.
The Region’s chairs closed the meeting with a vote thanking Ms. Hawkridge for her service.