South Carolina Libertarian Party Endorses Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson has received another endorsement from a Libertarian Party state party, this time from the state of South Carolina.

South Carolina Libertarian Executive Committee Endorses Gary Johnson

January 7, 2012 COLUMBIA, SC – In the style of the Continental Congress, Members of the South Carolina Libertarian Executive Committee have endorsed Gary Johnson. A Resolution was penned as follows:

Whereas, the South Carolina Libertarian Party supports the libertarian principles demonstrated by Gary Johnson and appreciates the efforts the candidate has been making to bring the message of libertarian ideas of personal and financial freedom to the voting public.

Resolved, that the following South Carolina Libertarian Party Executive Committee members endorse Gary Johnson for his bid for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for the Office of President of the United States at the upcoming national convention in May of 2012 and we encourage our delegation to support him.

This resolution was signed by:

SC National Delegate and Charleston County Committeeman, Stewart Flood
SC National Delegate and Anderson County Committeeman, Adrian Banks
SC National Delegate and State Chairman, Victor Kocher
SC National Delegate and State Vice-Chairman, Michael Carmany
SC National Delegate and Berkeley County Committeeman, Jeffrey Dimit
Richland County Committeewoman, Jennifer Schulz
Lexington County Committeeman, Dr. David Morris
York County Committeewoman, Marge Wakefield and her husband, Arch Wakefield

“The fact that Governor Johnson brings to the table his executive-level experience and a proven record of fiscal responsibility and that he left his term-limited post in New Mexico with a balance budget and a $1 billion budget surplus, I believe that he would be the best candidate to represent the Libertarian Party on a national level”, said State Chairman, Victor Kocher.

This endorsement comes on the heels of the Nebraska Libertarian Party’s endorsement of Gary Johnson, which can be found here.

34 thoughts on “South Carolina Libertarian Party Endorses Gary Johnson

  1. RedPhillips

    A state party endorsing a particular candidate strikes me as unseemly. So will they actively seek out pro-Johnson delegates and exclude others?

  2. NewFederalist

    I hope this sort of endorsement doesn’t backfire. I don’t know that Gov. Johnson is seeking these endorsements (Nebraska as well) but never underestimate LP convention delegates! Talk about an independent bunch! These kind of state party endorsements might just be enough for some delegates to vote AGAINST Johnson.

  3. Here's a radical idea

    Maybe the other candidates should have stated their case and asked for an endorsement before Gary Johnson. The GJ campaign is actively asking for endorsements. Nothing but crickets from the other candidates.

  4. Stewart Flood

    I believe that several of you are misreading the resolution. In the “whereas” it mentions that the state part supports what Gov Johnson’s campaign is doing and appreciates his efforts. In the “resolved” it says “the following South Carolina Libertarian Party Executive Committee members…”

    This was an endorsement from members of the committee. It is not an official endorsement from the state party itself, since we are not sure if our ByLaws cover this.

    The following comments reflect my personal opinion and observations and are not any official statement by the SCLP or delegates who attended our convention:

    Governor Johnson was not seeking the LP nomination when our state convention was held.

    Five candidates were invited to come to our convention.

    One candidate got the dates mixed up, drove from Virginia to South Carolina, then turned around and left to attend another meeting.

    Another candidate decided that a parade was more important. You can debate that all you want, but it gave the impression that he is not actually seeking our nomination but is positioning himself for a future in another party.

    Of the three who attended, one has since had extensive controversy, which really did not go over well. The delegate who had supported him withdrew his support as soon as he was aware of the controversy.

    Of the other two, who are both from Texas, I believe it is safe to say that they are both quite acceptable to our delegates if we’re looking at our internal party members only. If the choice were between them, I believe both would get some level of support from our delegates.

    But things change.

    If the party actually wants to grow, we need someone who can deliver the message to a broader base.

    Several of us at the convention said things like “I think you’re the best choice, unless Dr Paul or Governor Johnson get in the race”

    Governor Johnson got in the race.


    GJ needs to build a nationwide LP campaign network NOW. We can’t afford another Barr fiasco where the nominee is a last minute (May)
    choice, summer intervenes, and the campaign sputters through the Fall. Some would say that
    any party official who wants to endorse Johnson now should resign his or her state LP post to avoid the appearance of a conflict before their
    state’s convention. Just another reason why
    LP conventions need to be held earlier in election years.

  6. Andy

    “In the ‘whereas’ it mentions that the state part supports what Gov Johnson’s campaign is doing”

    Yeah, I really appreciate the fact that Gary Johnson wants everyone to pay a 30% national sales tax and be subjected to the new bureaucracy that comes along with it. There’s nothing like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Thanks you, Governor Johnson. Your effort to rebrand the Libertarian Party as the party that supports the FairTax is sure to do wonders for us. I look forward to paying a 30% tax on every good and service I purchase. (Sarcasm for the humor impaired).

  7. Steven Berson

    @ 6 – It seems that Gary Johnson will be attending a good number of the upcoming LP State Conventions. He will be at the Manhattan LP Convention here in NYC on January 21st – I believe this will be the first time he will be in a forum with some of the other LP Candidates –

    I believe he will also be at the Texas LP Convention in February and the California LP Convention in March – – and I’m pretty sure other appearances will be scheduled as well.

  8. Jose C

    I have no problem with state Party endorsements but shouldn’t the members of the state Party do the endorsing and not the Executive Committee? For example the delegates to a state convention could vote on an endorsement. Or there could be a series of county caucuses of a state held in the same day for the purpose of the members of the county meeting to vote for an endorsement. Or there could be a straw poll by the delegates at a state Party convention. For example the California Party in March will have a Presidential straw poll where the delegates will vote for the candidate they support. The California Party has had a Presidential straw poll at the convention immediately preceding the National Party convention the last few Presidential election cycles.

    There might be other ways to do endorsements but you get the idea. We need an open process. By the way did all the candidates seeking the nomination for President receive notice the Executive Committee was going to do an endorsement so they could make their pitch as to why they should get the endorsement? I suspect the other candidates were not notified. If not this is not right.

  9. Stewart Flood

    Jose @9,

    You didn’t read the resolution. The members of the party WERE the ones who made the endorsement.

    Caucuses? South Carolina has conventions, not caucuses. We followed state election law and have already had our county conventions and state convention for the 2012 election cycle. County conventions were in September and (as required by state law) the state convention was held 30+ days later in November.

    The state convention selected the delegates to the national convention, almost all of whom are members of the state executive committee.

    Open process? This is a completely open process. We tell our members and we even spend money to put notices in the paper (as required by law) informing the public of the date and time of the events. We even try to get on the radio and tv to tell people.

    I was not the one handling the promotion this past fall, but in when I was handling it in 2012 I was on every local radio talk show as a guest talking about our upcoming reorganization and conventions. Of course the only people who showed up were those who were already members of the party.

    How more open do you want it?

  10. Jose C

    What does this mean?

    South Carolina Libertarian Executive Committee Endorses Gary Johnson . . .

    And this?

    Members of the South Carolina Libertarian Executive Committee have endorsed Gary Johnson.

  11. Jose C

    @3 Nothing but crickets from the other candidates.

    Candidate RJ Harris has been loud and clear. His campaign put out a statement why he should get the nomination and why he will make a better candidate than Gary Johnson. And he was criticized for it. Oh the horror of it all!

  12. paulie

    Candidate RJ Harris has been loud and clear. His campaign put out a statement why he should get the nomination and why he will make a better candidate than Gary Johnson. And he was criticized for it. Oh the horror of it all!

    What he was criticized for was an inept attempt at making an anonymous attack on Johnson.

    Clearly contrasting himself is what he is supposed to do, and I have not seen anyone criticize him for that.

  13. Steven R Linnabary

    several of you are misreading the resolution

    Or perhaps it is misleading.

    I apparently had “misread” the resolution into thinking the party had officially endorsed the candidate.

    And while I am on record as opposing party affiliates from endorsing any particular candidate, I don’t have any qualms about activists and affiliate officials endorsing their favorite candidate, or using their titles when issuing an endorsement. I expect I will endorse one of the candidates at some point.

    But I won’t be issuing any endorsement that might make one think that my affiliate had made the endorsement.


  14. Stewart Flood

    I don’t believe that there is any intention on anyone’s part to mislead. The whereas says the executive committee appreciates (etc) and then it says the following members of the executive committee in the resolved.

    And don’t forget that everyone who was there and voted did sign it, so it is true that all the members of the committee present endorsed him.

    And I just saw that on our website it does say that the executive committee endorsed him. So if there is an error on Johnson’s part or on IPR’s part in the heading, that appears to be the source.


  15. Stewart Flood

    …but will the other candidates be able to get endorsements and keep up? 🙂

    What we really should be watching right now is the GOP race in South Carolina. They (the Republicrats) appear to be spread all over the dial. All the old-timers and party hacks are endorsing candidates, usually the candidate who’s campaign consulting firm in our state is the same firm that runs their own campaign.

    It appears to be less ideology and more who’s paying who’s consultant.

    This is, of course, exclusive of Dr Paul. I haven’t seen any party hack endorsing him yet — or if they have it has not been well publicized.

    Meanwhile, the muggings and home invasions in Charleston continue to rise. The 99.99999% who are on government handouts and getting restless are starting to kill each other. There was one Monday evening about 75ft from where I am sitting right now, right across the street.

    If they don’t get out of our lives and let people alone this economy will never recover. And they are building more and more roads. They resurfaced the road that is 50ft away (other street) and put frik’n bike lanes in both directions BETWEEN THE CAR LANES AND THE TURN LANES!

    Bikes riders usually use the sidewalk here anyway. Who is going to be crazy enough to ride a bike down a 4 lane road with cars on both sides of them?

    End of Rant…

  16. Common Tater

    @20 Meanwhile, the muggings and home invasions in Charleston continue to rise. The 99.99999% who are on government handouts and getting restless are starting to kill each other

    99.99999% of whom exactly?

  17. Stewart Flood


    I don’t understand your question. I have already given all the information that I have.

    And as to 99.99999% of whom exactly, I can’t really say for sure. It was just a figure of speech, since I see people wearing buttons with 99% written on them. They are usually buying lottery tickets, cigarettes and beer at the gas station. 🙂

    All I know is that the guy claimed on tv that it was five “masked gunmen” of a particular race. I have lived in this neighborhood for twelve plus years and my car is parked on the other side of the very narrow street right in front of their house every day and most evenings while I am at the office and I do not believe that it happened the way he said it did.

    So why was a guy banging on their door (which they did not open) two days earlier, shouting that he was looking for his daughter? Paper didn’t print that. Who is the 14 year old girl, and why was she sleeping there?

    And why do lots of people who do not appear to live there go in and out at all hours of the day and night? They are usually there for a very short time. Paper didn’t print that. I guess they have a LOT of friends.

    Undercover cops and government tagged cars have been parked in the area quite frequently since they moved in. The frequency of visitors seems to drop off when they are parked on the street. Paper didn’t print that.

    I think that much more was taken than they said.

    There has not been a crime in this block of Gunn Ave in decades. There is crime in the area, and the bank that was nearby used to get robbed every few months, but the bank robbers (most of them get caught) do not live here. We seem to have a lot of bank robberies these days.

    All decent people living around here until this crowd moved in. Yes, I am one of the few white people who hang out at the barber shop at the end of the street, but I know this neighborhood and it is insulting to see racial slurs used by a 400 lb nasty looking white guy who moves his operation into a decent, but predominately black neighborhood.

    I believe that this was a drug deal that went bad. I do not believe the “masked gunmen” were black.

  18. Stewart Flood

    I’ve been in this neighborhood for years. I go in and out of here at all times of the day and night. I leave computers in my car and never bother to lock it when I go into the office. No one else around here does either.

    I have not been worried once…until this bunch moved in.

    Ok…end of rant…let’s at least put a political spin on it since this is IPR. They wouldn’t be selling drugs out of a house if drugs weren’t illegal. But since they are selling drugs (or at least appear to be), it drags other crimes into the area. Even if it was a home invasion,they obviously came expecting to find something worth taking.

    So here’s your 99.99999% number: I’d bet that 99.99999% of this type of crime would go away in a free society. There would still be crime, but not this type.

  19. Kevin Knedler

    Hopefully, the LP state affiliate will post its bylaws on their state website. And then keep them up to date. One can look to see if there are rules on endorsements by the party, its Central Committee (if one), its Executive Committee, and the officials of the party.
    BTW: The Ohio LP has rules on endorsements.

  20. D. Lou Shenoll

    Jumping the gun, way too early. Johnson needs to DUMP the “fraud” Tax plan. He also needs to explain his G’ Bay policy better. If everyone keeps creaming their panties and endorsing him in Jan. he will have no reason to come off his anti-L stances. Keep your powder dry and let this play out a few more weeks.

    @8 Hope the Manhattan people are working overtime to get media for GJ. Nice if they could get Letterman to let him do a top ten and maybe a cameo on Colbert or any national show. You never know unless you TRY !!! former TWO-TERM GOV. running for prez might interest them for at least a cameo. Locals ought to give him an interview !!! Over 30 million people close by means Local media is better than most state’s statewide coverage !

    Maybe GJ could run by Goldman Sachs and ask for some of that Obama-Romney money. Naw he couldn’t do that could he ?

  21. D. Lou Shenoll

    Just checked the Manhattan link. Hope they will also get Harris local media interviews. Not sure about the rest of the guests. The LP is at a point where almost any media is good media, however maybe GOOD media is always the best media.

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    by John Hawkins,
    Mitt Romney was a moderate governor in MA with an unimpressive record of governance. He left office with an approval rating in the thirties and his signature achievement, Romneycare, was a Hurricane Katrina style disaster for the state. Since that’s the case, it’s fair to ask what a Republican who’s not conservative and can’t even carry his own state brings to the table for GOP primary voters. The answer is always the same: Romney is supposed to be “the most electable” candidate. This is a baffling argument because many people just seem to assume it’s true, despite the plethora of evidence to the contrary.

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    4) His advantages disappear in a general election: It’s actually amazing that Romney isn’t lapping the whole field by 50 points because he has every advantage. Mitt has been running for President longer than the other contenders. He has more money and a better organization than the other candidates. The party establishment and inside the beltway media are firmly in his corner. That’s why the other nominees have been absolutely savaged while Romney, like John McCain before him, has been allowed to skate through the primaries without receiving serious scrutiny.
    Yet, every one of those advantages disappears if he becomes the nominee….

    5) Bain Capital: Mitt Romney became rich working for Bain Capital. This has been a plus for Romney in the Republican primaries where the grassroots tend to be dominated by people who love capitalism and the free market. However, in a year when Obama will be running a populist campaign and Occupy Wall Street is demonizing the “1%,” Romney will be a TAILOR MADE villain for them. Did you know that Bain Capital gutted companies and made a lot of money, in part, by laying off a lot of poor and middle class Americans? Do you know that Bain Capital got a federal bailout and Romney made lots of money off of it?…

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  22. Common-Tater

    Mr. Flood let’s rewind the tape:

    @5 you say “This was an endorsement from members of the committee. It is not an official endorsement from the state party itself, since we are not sure if our ByLaws cover this.”

    However @19 I provide a verifiable quote from you answering YES to “Did South Carolina LP endorse G.J. ?”

    So, which is it?

  23. Common-Tater

    Also, I don’t understand how your comments about crime in your neighborhood relate to the 99% standing up against the 1% crony government-corporatist elite ripping off the rest of us through vulture cronyism, bailouts, corporate welfare, etc.

    But, I do agree with you that the vast majority of crime as we know it today is related to the prohibition of voluntary behavior among consenting adults such as some drugs and prostitution.

  24. D. Lou Shenoll

    28 -O R R G, IMO

    @20 Mr.Flood , a SC official who endorsed GJ brought up 99%. The establishment is currently jamming the ultimate ONE %er into the most seriously important position of being ONE of your (and everybodies) very limited POTUS choices this year. RESIST Romney a 1%er with any legal non-violent ammo you have !

    @14 Please don’t post entire off-topic videos (esp. of satanic worship) here. Keep your religion to yourself. If you must do it, do so in the open thread. Thanks (lol)

    Time to get back to work before I become a bum on the forced TAXPAYER funded PLANTATION !

  25. paulie

    I don’t know what ORRG is, I’m not a satanist, the video was in response to something else, and next time I’ll just take down or trim your comment since asking nicely seems not to be working.

  26. Stewart Flood


    Ok…I follow what you are asking now. I have had several very long days. When I said yes, it was Monday evening. I was in the middle of a dozen things, and I read what was asked and said yes but I wasn’t paying enough attention to exactly what the question was. And while I had seen the press release, when I first read it I had not noticed the inaccuracy in the heading.

    When we were discussing it in this thread, which was posted two days later, I noticed that the heading of the press release was inaccurate and I attempted to clarify what we had done.

    I’ll say it one last time:

    The SCLP itself did not endorse anyone. Members of the executive committee did.

    What the resolution says is the only thing that actually matters. Read it and it is very easy to see that the members made the endorsement.

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