Rachel Hawkridge Replaced on LP National Committee

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.

41 thoughts on “Rachel Hawkridge Replaced on LP National Committee

  1. interesting

    Glad that is over. What a knucklehead for dragging this out for months. LP should have more professionalism

  2. George Phillies

    Something seems to have gotten lost here. The Region formation agreement specifies that the number of votes each chair casts in issues such as this is determined by the size of the state.

  3. peppie lee pugh

    from the story

    “Ms. Hawkridge did not appear at the LNC’s February meeting in Washington, D.C.”

    April, not February

    “She last attended the organization’s November meeting in Las Vegas.”

    New Orleans, not Las Vegas.

    “Hawkridge became incognito in January, ”

    Incognito?

    “Ms. Hawkridge had also been serving as Chair of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (LSLA). She has reportedly has resigned from this position as well.”

    Who is the chair now, if anyone?

  4. Gains

    MHW @5:

    I would like to see more Libertarians actually posting stories on IPR so that many side and facets are expressed.

  5. Gains

    i @2:

    Political parties are not professional institutions. There are coalitions of common people. Professionals in positions of representation are anathema and the principle is well illustrated 500 times over in the Congress. What the LP needs is some good old fashioned solidarity. What we lack is respect for the work of our allies and coalition partners.

    You would think that the market forces we Libertarians expouse would shine through in places like the LNC; that solidarity would emerge from group out of necessity rather than forced with by-laws. Games like this and being played out over and over again in the party at all levels. It is one of our biggest stumbling blocks.

    We are so busy competing internally at wholly inappropriate levels and in such self-destructive ways, that were we a business, we would be like WalMart, except the greeter would meet customers with “YOUR WRONG! If you don’t leave the store or they won’t throw you out, I quit!”

  6. Bruce Cohen Post author

    @4 Pepe – Thanks for the corrections, I’ll verify them and ‘fix’ the article.

    @5 Michael – I understand that Rachael was in the Hospital after the cancellation of the event.

    @ 8 Gains – Matthew Barnes – #1 the LP needs to be more of a professional institition and less like herding scizophrenic cats.

    Our biggest stumbling block is crazy and evil people who create nasty internal politics, and play dishonest games of personal destruction.

    Kind of like when you went around whole Conventions making stories up about people and then only apologize privately.

    Mister Barnes, you are part of the problem, in my personal opinion.

    And you sir, are projecting, when you point the finger at people and call them self-destructive.

  7. George Phillies

    #9 Good for you for making improvements. We are not a professional news team with large numbers of reporters on the scene, so portrayals of reality can be sharpened. I will inquire about what actually happened with the vote.

  8. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    Gains // Apr 28, 2011:

    ‘I would like to see more Libertarians actually posting stories on IPR so that many side and facets are expressed.’

    [Lake: Are you nutz, or merely occasionally illogical? Like Third Party Watch, Libs, with help from their reactionary Bible Beater allies, have systemically driven off many non Libs threaders over the months ……… Matt you appear to be one crazy pervert! You make ‘Isreal First’ Bruce Cohen look reasonable!]

  9. Gains

    [Lake] @12

    Hey! Easy fella. There are a good number of Libertarians that are not the sorts to want to run people off. Those are the sorts I would like to hear more from.

    I even want to hear from Bruce Cohen and have on more than several occasions made sure that people did not try to leverage me or other circumstance to try and silence him on that principle.

    I do not say that with the mind that he would not be able to defend himself, and I am certain that he has in those circumstances. I will not be a part of censoring him nor anyone else. I will and have actively defended free expression even when it was specifically detrimental to me. I appreciate a broad set of perspectives more than just about anything.

  10. Todd Andrew Barnett

    Considering I have recently returned to the LP months ago (just a day after the mid-term election), I will weigh in on this bullshit:

    “Friday, Rachel Hawkridge announced her resignation from the Libertarian National Committee and the Libertarian Party.”

    Yes, Bruce. She has announced her resignation from the LNC and the national LP. She certainly has that right and has done so for reasons that I deem valid and legitimate. Your point being?

    “Ms. Hawkridge did not appear at the LNC’s April meeting in Washington, D.C.”

    Irrelevant. Whether or not this is true is beside the point. She resigned for the reasons she stated. Don’t spin this story to make it out to be that she’s the villain, Hinkle’s the hero, and you’re the Libertarian version of Dr. Phil. ‘Kay?

    Next….

    “She last attended the organization’s November meeting in New Orleans.”

    Also irrelevant. Whether or not this is true is besides the point as well. Drop the pretense, because this is becoming rather tiresome on your part, and you always have a habit of doing just that. What are you insinuating here, Cohen?

    “Ms. Hawkridge had also been serving as Chair of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (LSLA). She has reportedly resigned from this position as well.”

    Yes…and? What does that have to do with her reasons for resigning from the LNC and the LP?

    Has it ever occurred to you, Cohen, that it’s not her who’s the problem….but it’s smug, condescending opportunists….like you?

    “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.”

    This sounds more like an accusation and less of a statement of fact, on the grounds that it’s worded to demonize and vilify her for the good work she’s done on the LNC.

    It’s nice to know that you’re accustomed to pen fairy tales and children’s stories about Hawkridge and the LP, especially when it’s from your own warped viewpoint. The real question becomes now: do you really want to pursue this as a pissing contest between her supporters (count me in as one of them) and you?

    For a member of the LP, Bruce, you’re sounding more and more like a conservatoid Republican with no clothes on. That’s got to be the worst elephant in your room.

  11. Gains

    [Lake] @15: “Nice job in avoiding my main response; your illogical statement at it’s base!”

    I didn’t know it was that kinda debate.

    “Are you nutz, or merely occasionally illogical?”

    I am not qualified to answer the question in a professional manner. To the first part I will answer: “Yes, probably,” and to the latter, “never.”

    “Like Third Party Watch, Libs, with help from their reactionary Bible Beater allies, have systemically driven off many non Libs threaders over the months”

    I love Bible Beaters. I have them for breakfast sometimes.

    I probably should have said I’d like to see more people posting new articles period.

  12. Bruce Cohen Post author

    Toad and Jill, I don’t know Rachael.

    The story is factual, not opinion based.

    I harbor no malice towards Ms. Hawkridge and in fact, the main person she points the finger at, Mark Hinkle, is certainly no ally of mine.

    So in fact, I have nothing to do with Ms. Hawkridge or her resignation, but was asked by people on BOTH sides of the issue to write something so it could be discussed here.

    It is interesting that Matt Barnes, Toad Barnett and Jill Pyatt are best friends and affiliates.

  13. LibertarianGirl

    I like Rachel Im sorry to see her go , but i think she is wrong when she states that Hinkle is in line step with Starr. I dont belive that at all , have you read some of the releases Hinkle has made? Aaron supported WAR for Chair , and Nolan supported Hinkle , so how does that figure. Also before you say someone sabataged something , you need to offer more proof. I find it very unlikely Pat Dixon fucked some shit un-purpose and I find it strange indeed for her to suggest such w/o offering 1 iota of proof. Thems big accusations .

  14. Todd Andrew Barnett

    More invective-spewing nonsense from the incorrigible Mr. Blowhen himself:

    “Toad and Jill, I don’t know Rachael.”

    I don’t know about anyone else, but Spruce Blowhen has finally said something on which we all can definitely agree.

    “The story is factual, not opinion based.”

    So sez the conservatoid Republican fairy tale writer who needs fresh writing material. Next he’ll say that Dudley Do-Right or Puff the Magic Dragon was his ghostwriter who wrote his post, and not Spruce Almighty himself.

    As for the claim that the story “is factual, not opinion,” yeah….sure. And I’m Lurch from the Addams Family. The bullshit dar is buzzing so loud that it must be smelling it from Blowhen’s own home….mainly due to the lack of air fresheners.

    “I harbor no malice towards Ms. Hawkridge and in fact, the main person she points the finger at, Mark Hinkle, is certainly no ally of mine.”

    If that’s true, and I find it beyond hard to swallow, then you should have stayed out of it. End of story.

    Your original post is, for all intents and purposes, speaks volumes otherwise.

    “So in fact, I have nothing to do with Ms. Hawkridge or her resignation, but was asked by people on BOTH sides of the issue to write something so it could be discussed here.”

    How convenient for you. Did they cut a nice, really fat stipend check for your services to write about something that you know nothing about?

    I thought so….

    “It is interesting that Matt Barnes, Toad Barnett and Jill Pyatt are best friends and affiliates.”

    Although I am tempted to respond to this drivel, I won’t. As a matter of fact, I won’t dignify this rubbish with a further incendiary response.

  15. Cohen is a waste of food and oxygen

    Cohen continues to wallow in his lies and delusions of grandeur.

    Neither Barnett nor Pyeatt are “best friends” with Barnes. They both despise him, but Pyeatt tolerates his presence at her region’s meetings only because he barflies there as well as with his minions in San Barnes-a-diddle County.

    Barnes himself, a convicted serial pedophile felon, as in under age 14 pedophile, is a seriously and perpetually mentally ill pitiful man who has transferred his obsessive-compulsive disorder control-freak megalomania from molesting children to manipulating others in the political arena, including projecting his own faults and failings onto others and playing the victim. People around him not wise to psychological activity and manipulation are easily sucked in and fail to see him for what he is.

    Cohen is simply as off his rocker as Jim Davidson or Robert Milnes ever is, and is isolated from all activities LP in his desert cave, where he simply wastes his time bashing on people he doesn’t like when they happen to be right and him wrong, which is 99% of the time. Whether he is being paid off by Starr and Hinkle or not is unknown, but it’s no secret that Cohen serves as gadfly and pest in order to act like he’s more important than he actually isn’t, in the vain hope that one day he might be relevant again to anything beyond his dog, who is smarter than he is, except for her blind loyalty.

    As for the issue at hand, Hawkridge’s actual substantiated evidence speaks much louder than Hinkle’s unsubstantiated words. Hinkle, being everyone’s second choice, has his moments, but in general is a failure as LNC Chair, hence the LP is not growing either. The delegates get what they voted for, garbage in, garbage out.

    I feel sorry for the few rational persons in Ruwart and Craig left on the LNC.

  16. Tom Blanton

    I wonder would the results might have been if libertarians had invested their time, energy, money and passion in political activities other than the LP over the past 30 years.

    It is almost as if the LP was created as a diversion for libertarians to keep them from making any real trouble for the political elite.

  17. Robert Capozzi

    25 tb, no way of knowing what woulda happened. My guess is the LM is larger today because of the LP, as the LP is a retail operation.

    If you speculate that the LP is a “diversion,” that seems to imply that some shadowy conspiracy created the LP to sidetrack the LM. What do you really mean? Are you suggesting that Nolan was a plant of some kind? Who put him up to it, in this particular conspiracy theory you posit?

    Crying over spilled milk and imagining alternative histories seems like the biggest waste energy to me.

  18. Here's a radical idea

    @ #27
    Mr. Capozzi for “reality czar”.
    Well put, but we have come to expect that.

  19. LibertarianGirl

    its my understanding Hinkle is beholden to no faction. Im pleasantly surprised by some things he has done. If he told Rachel he was replacing her , im sure he thought it was the right thing to do and not a factional bitch move like purging L Wrights , disciplining keaton or turning starr in to the FEC?

    im not saying her perspective is wrong but i am saying it seems like everytime anyone gets replaced , booted or held accountable , its a default reaction to say “theyre out to get me” .

    is it possible Rachel couldnt do the job due to whatever and thats why she was replaced or left out.

    To this day , a certain LPNevada ex-chair is convinced that his reversal of support was because of personalities, factional differences and petty revenge. It was only because of a complete lack of performance.

    bsiness is business

  20. Tom Blanton

    Thanks for the analysis, Capozzi, but as usual you have read something other than what I actually wrote.

    I wrote:

    It is almost as if the LP was created as a diversion for libertarians to keep them from making any real trouble for the political elite.

    I did not write:

    The LP was created by David Nolan, a CIA agent, as part of a conspiracy to sidetrack the libertarian movement.

    If that is what I meant to write, I would have written that. No conspiracy theory was posited. What we have here is another example of someone with limited reading comprehension attempting to explain what someone else is really thinking. I would suggest that you read what is written instead of attempting to read between the lines, Capozzi.

    Crying over spilled milk and imagining alternative histories seems like the biggest waste energy to me.

    Did I imagine an alternative history?

    I could swear that I wrote:

    I wonder would the results might have been if libertarians had invested their time, energy, money and passion in political activities other than the LP over the past 30 years.

    I did not write:

    I can imagine what the results would have been if libertarians had invested their time, energy, money and passion in political activities other than the LP over the past 30 years. I imagine that Republicans and Democrats would have become completely libertarian by 2001.

    I could have written that, but didn’t because I wonder what would have happened. I can speculate that energies might have been better spent on activities other than retail politics.

    The past can’t be undone, but if mistakes of the past are ignored, what does that say about the future?

    The ironic thing is that I am being informed that I am speculating. Yet, I did not speculate – I merely said that I wonder about an alternative scenario. But, actual speculation was offered by Capozzi himself:

    My guess is the LM is larger today because of the LP, as the LP is a retail operation.

    Well, I wonder about that. I won’t file this in my vast database of facts that Capozzi imagines that I possess because it is not a fact, it is not an opinion based on facts, and it is proffered by one who does not rely on facts to formulate opinions as demonstrated by his “analysis” of my post @ #25.

  21. Robert Capozzi

    30 tb: …LP was created as a diversion for libertarians to keep them from making any real trouble for the political elite.

    me: “Created” as a “diversion” sounds to me like you are suggesting a conspiracy of some kind. I simply don’t know how that can be read any other way. Perhaps someone else can explain an alternative interpretation of Brother Blanton’s words.

  22. Tom Blanton

    Capozzi, you need eyeglasses. I clearly wrote:

    It is almost as if the LP was created as a diversion for libertarians to keep them from making any real trouble for the political elite.

    I did not write:

    LP was created as a diversion for libertarians to keep them from making any real trouble for the political elite.

    To clarify it further, what I did write opens with:

    It is almost as if

    How did you miss that part?

    For example, I could now write:

    Capozzi, it is almost as if you are an idiot when you omit a key portion of what I wrote in order to change the meaning.

    The other way to read it is the way it was actually written. The alternative interpretation is to read the actual words I wrote in their entirety – including contemplating the meaning of the words “it is almost as if”.

    But for clarity’s sake, Capozzi, I will write instead:

    Capozzi, you are an idiot when you omit a key portion of what I wrote in order to change the meaning.

    Imagine how foolish I would look if I claimed you shouldn’t comment because you just don’t know to read. You admitted at #31:

    I simply don’t know how that can be read

    And if you like me so much, why all the disingenuous statements and misquotes? After all, you do write at #31:

    me like you

    If you really like me, you’ll stop projecting your tendency to create baseless conspiracy theories onto me and you’ll stop editing what I write to fit your absurd arguments.

  23. Robert Capozzi

    32 tb: Capozzi, it is almost as if you are an idiot when you omit a key portion of what I wrote in order to change the meaning.

    me: Yes, “as if” in a sense immunizes you from making an actual charge. Why you would introduce such a hypothetical that the “LP was created as a diversion” or even “Capozzi is an idiot” unless you wanted to share a possibility with the assembled? Why do that?

    I will make clear that since you cite from or make arguments that are highly reminiscent to me of conspiratorial, LRC-tinged sources and lines of reasoning, it seems clear to me that those in that school are of great influence to your thinking. I completely admit I don’t know that with certainty. You could be the second coming of Lao Tzu, and you’re just parroting LRC talking points for reasons that I cannot grasp.

    And, to be clear, I don’t find LRC-ism “wrong”, per se. I simply don’t agree with it as an optimal approach to advance liberty. I hope for you that you can be similarly open minded.

  24. Darryl W. Perry

    @Tom Blanton – Maybe if you phrase it as a question such as “Is it possible…?” instead of a statement – certain people will be less likely to take your comment out of context

  25. Tom Blanton

    You got me, Capozzi. I was just trying out a secret LRC talking point about how the Federal Reserve Bank and the Military Industrial Complex got together with National Review to form the Libertarian Party to keep libertarians from transforming America into a libertarian society.

    How did you know? Are you a subscriber to the Secret LRC Talking Points Memo?

    I admit that I inserted the phrase “it’s almost as if” to immunize myself from making an actual charge. That is suggestion No. 17 of the LRC Method of Advancing Liberty on political blogs.

    I’ve got to hand it to you, Capozzi, you are no idiot if you saw through my attempt to insert the LP conspiracy meme into the minds of IPR readers. Obviously, I need to work on introducing LRC talking points to those assembled if I am to be effective at manipulating their perceptions.

    I’m going to get a conference call going now with Lew, Walter and the gang to discuss how I can more effectively advance the secret LRC agenda. Hopefully, you won’t catch me the next time I trot out the latest LRC Talking Point.

  26. Robert Capozzi

    35 tb, enjoy your call. Give my best to Lew and Walter.

    I’d not realized that y’all had formalized your rhetorical tactics. Thanks for sharing. 😉

    I’d always thought the LP was actually an edict by the Grays via the Illuminati, set up to sabotage the cause of liberty until the Grays were able to get to Earth in force. It’s eye-opening to see that it was “only” the Fed, MIC and NR. 😉

  27. Mark Axinn

    My best wishes for Rachel’s rapid recovery.

    Like my Vice Chair Rich Cooper, I also have known Vicki Kirkland for 20 years; she will be a terrific rep for Region 2.

  28. Starchild

    I’m sorry to see Rachel go — she’s generally been a good vote on the LNC for keeping the Libertarian Party strongly libertarian — and wish her the best as far as her personal health.

    Hopefully when she is doing better, she and Gene will reconsider the decision to let the machinations of factional opponents get the better of them, and rejoin the fight.

    I am glad to see that Region 2 voted to make alternate Vicki Kirkland their new representative, as Rachel had recommended, and hope she will be a strong voice on the committee for the kind of values and agenda the party needs (see http://www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/grassrootslibertarians ).

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