LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF OREGON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 20, 2012
Legitimate officers of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) led by Tim Reeves have learned from a representative of the Gary Johnson campaign that Wes Wagner threatened to refuse placing the Johnson/Gray ticket on the Oregon general election ballot if the campaign does not intercede in the pending lawsuit over control over the LPO.
In contrast, LPO Chair Tim Reeves has said that he and the other rightful LPO officers are prepared to uphold the decision of the national convention and place the Johnson/Gray ticket on the Oregon ballot – without conditions – once they have the power to do so. Members of the Reeves group believe that Wagner’s threat suggests he does not think he can win his case on the merits and is now resorting to blackmailing the Johnson/Gray campaign using his momentary control over ballot status.
In the meantime, “Everyone knows that Gary Johnson and Jim Gray were decisively nominated at our national convention,” Reeves said. “If Mr. Wagner still lays any claim to being a Libertarian, he must act immediately to assure that the Johnson/Gray ticket will be on the Oregon general election ballot.”
A court hearing on procedural motions related to the case is scheduled for June 14. Events at the recent national Libertarian Party convention held in Las Vegas, including the seating of the Reeves delegates and the refusal of delegates to even seat Wagner as a delegate could impact that case.
Plaintiffs are committed to pursuing this case to its conclusion so the rights of LP members and the legitimate governing documents approved by members in convention can be restored.
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Contact: LPO Chair Tim Reeves, 503-307-1624