George Phillies writes at GoldUSAGroup:
In 2010, Libertarians made decisions.
They decided that Wayne Root was totally unacceptable as National Chair, and “Anyone But Root” was better. They decided the Aaron Starr was totally and completely unacceptable as Treasurer, and voted him out to raucous cheering from the convention floor when the vote was announced.
Now the LNC has turned those decisions on their heads.
They created the Libertarian National Congressional Committee (LNCC), a body legally co-equal with the Libertarian National l Committee. They sat unperturbed when Wayne Root, rejected by the LNC’s own convention, became its Chair, and Aaron Starr, rejected by the LNC’s own convention, became its Treasurer.
The LNC gave Wayne Root and Aaron Starr, in their roles as LNCC officers, the complete LNC member and donor lists. The LNC was to give the LNCC your phone numbers and email addresses, as discussed in the next issue. They made the handover after Executive Director Wes Benedict warned that the handover would let the LNCC cannibalize LNC fundraising. As previously explained by this newspaper, that handover was totally unnecessary for FEC compliance.
Now the LNC has handed LNC Vice Chair Mark Rutherford the right, whenever Wayne Root decides it is necessary, to fly to D.C. at LNC expense – your dues money – and be “empowered with all executive powers of the [LNC] Chair” needed to recover fresh copies of those lists for the LNCC.
Root and Starr were overwhelmingly rejected by our National Convention. Now the LNC has given them their own National Committee, one that legally has all the powers of the real National Committee, and no need for either of them to face election by the Libertarian Party’s membership.
George Phillies ran for LNC national chair in 2010 against Mark Hinkle, Wayne Root, John Jay Myers and Ernie Hancock. The results of that election are here. Phillies comments regularly at IPR, as does Wayne Root, and Aaron Starr is an article writer for IPR as well.
Phillies has also run for chair several other times, and both Root and Phillies ran for the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2008.
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