Robert Milnes has received a surprising surge in support for the Presidential nomination of the Boston Tea Party, which holds all its nominee and officer elections online and is currently on the ballot in zero states.
The BTP previously nominated Tiffany Briscoe, but removed her as the presidential nominee after it turned out that she had falsely claimed to be a college graduate and part of the board of trustees of Howard County Community College. Briscoe is continuing her run as an independent, and says on her website that while she does not consider her removal as a candidate to have been proper, she has in fact resigned as the party’s candidate because she no longer wants to be a part of any political party. After Briscoe was removed, BTP chair Darryl Perry initially ruled that the party would not run a candidate for president, but his ruling was overturned by a vote of the membership.
In 2008, the party ran Charles Jay for President and was on the ballot in three states. The BTP’s one sentence platform is “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.”
As of this writing Milnes is only one vote behind the leading candidate for the nomination, Jim Duensing. In previous runs for the nomination of the BTP, including this past December, Milnes has usually received only one vote (presumably his own). He has also been a 2008 and 2012 candidate for the Green and Libertarian Party nominations, but has not received any votes that I know of at either party’s conventions (he himself has been unable to afford to travel to attend as a delegate).
Milnes supports a Progressive-Libertarian alliance strategy whereby a progressive male presidential candidate would appear on a joint ticket with a libertarian female VP, which he believes would lead to them being elected to the Presidency of the United States following an endorsement by the National Education Association and other labor unions.
In keeping with the BTP platform, Milnes is a strong advocate for privacy rights and sexual freedom (that is, he is outraged that “determined to stop the “wrong person” from being elected president of the United States, the FBI is spying on presidential candidates — through their television sets!
Even more frighteningly, top TV news babes are “in” on this bizarro FBI conspiracy — and are even watching the candidates masturbate to them as they report the news!”)
Milnes has also been a vigilant observer and whistleblower of media and political shenaningans. His achievements include being the first to discover the Briscoe duplicity, calling into question whether I (Paulie) am a government plant*, and calling for an investigation into the death of Libertarian Party co-founder David Nolan, who Milnes believes died mysteriously.
In discussing BTP ballot access plans Milnes has said “I’m not a ballot access expert. I never claimed to be. It is not a requirement for a candidate. It is the party’s responsibility.” He further explained “I haven’t finished paying my March rent yet. I have a water leak from frozen pipes this winter which is soaking my carpet. Water turned off. I’m going to lead a hose into the kitchen and another into the bathroom.”
The two leading BTP presidential nomination contenders, Duensing and Milnes, agree that the party should change its name to the Lexington Green Party. Milnes writes “But his suggestion of Lexington Green party I find very appealing but probably not for the same reasons as he. I would say the Lexington Green party is one of radical libertarians, radical enough to colaborate with the Green party to overthrow the reactionary dems & reps. So I propose changing the party name to the Lerxington Green party.” The Green Party of Lexington, KY has not yet been reached for comment.
In discussing plans for the campaign, Milnes writes “I will say again which I have said MANY times. I’m too broke & depressed to do much. I am barely able to take care of myself. I was barely able to get to the NJ/PA conference/debate in 2008 . I was barely able to get to the forum debate in Swarthmore this January. [..] I already proposed that if I get the nomination I can go around getting millions of progressive supporters starting with NEA. That is the best I can do under the present circumstances I’m in.”
John Wayne Smith is also running, and NOTA is a candidate in every BTP election.
(*Breaking news from Paulie posted at bostontea.us: “I take it all back.
… seeing your numbers in the current voting round has made me change my mind about you [Milnes].
I’m voting for you this time and I have to admit that while I have been both a plant and a jerk up until now, seeing the potential for you to actually win the nomination and, thus, the presidency has empowered me to cast off my shackles, spurn my government masters and come out in support of your candidacy.”)