As of today, I have noticed (h/t George Phillies in IPR comments) that the Libertarian Party’s Official Listing of Candidates Seeking the Libertarian Presidential Nomination has been winnowed to remove quite a few names,
including at least one candidate who has participated in debates among the presidential contenders this year, run for public office as a Libertarian before, and shown other signs of being competitive in various ways, Carl Person. Person’s site is currently down for redesign, with only a splash screen available to the general public. UPDATE: Person has now been added back with a new website.
A large number of names has been removed from the listing of candidates. Among the candidates I remember being listed until yesterday are Jim Burns, Miss Joy Waymire, James Ogle, Robert Milnes, Dave Redick, Mosheh Thezion, Scott Keller as well as others I am not remembering at the moment. I’m willing to publish another article if these candidates want to issue statements about being excluded.
The question of listing “fringe” candidates that might embarrass the LP has been brought up in past cycles. In the 2008 election, then executive director Shane Cory solved this problem by only listing the candidates that paid to be listed. This program, called Liberty Decides, was the first and biggest thing on the LP website for months, and included at various times Bob Barr, Wayne Root, Robert Jackson, Michael Jingozian and Daniel Imperato. This time, the link to the listing of candidates is a subheading under the elections tab at the top of the page, plus one small link at the bottom of LP.org.
Here is how the page reads at this time:
[Updated January 19, 2012]
Disclaimer: The Libertarian Party does not necessarily endorse or agree with the candidates or the contents of their web pages listed below.
The Libertarian Party nominee will be chosen by delegates to the 2012 Libertarian National Convention which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 4-6, 2012.
The above candidates have met the following criteria as presidential candidates for the Libertarian Party nomination:
- Filed to run for president with the F.E.C. as a Libertarian
- Seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party exclusively
- Dues-paying member of the National Libertarian Party
- Campaign website is current with contact information
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