Message from Jeff Daiell circulated through various yahoo and facebook groups etc, concerning this upcoming weekend’s Texas Libertarian convention:
Friends, Texans, Libertarians,
Pat Dixon has been accomplishing a great deal on behalf of the Libertarian Party since successfully chairing the 2004 Ballot Access Committee . Tom Glass (who ran the failed 1984 ballot access effort) abandoned the Libertarian Party years ago, becoming a financial contributor to Establishment Republicans and the Texas GOP itself. Indeed, as late as 2010 Tom refused to affiliate with us (despite his recent claim that his wife’s campaign brought him back to the LP). Yet Tom now claims he returned to the LP because of Republican hypocrisy — and Tom is an honorable man.
Pat Dixon brought the LPT to new heights of revenues, giving us six-figure annual incomes for the first time. Tom Glass managed the campaign which cost us our most generous contributor ever, and which provoked a precipitous decline in contributions from the general membership. But Tom says that it is Pat who has been bad for the LPT’s finances — and Tom is an honorable man.
Pat has consistently worked to present a solidly libertarian message. Tom was in charge of a campaign that abandoned libertarian principle to appeal so abjectly to voters holding anti-Liberty positions that even some Republicans objected. But Mr. Glass accuses Pat of “pandering” — and Mr. Glass is an honorable man.
Pat has managed to turn our income into several initiatives which can broaden the appeal of the libertarian message and of the Libertarian Party. Tom managed a campaign which drew fewer than 1.5 votes per dollar (in shocking contrast to over 3 votes per dollar in 2002 and over 5 votes per dollar in 1990). Yet Tom accuses Pat of financial mismanagement — and, as we know, Tom is an honorable man.
Pat has been responsible for the LP of Texas fielding an impressive array of nominees each two years Pat has been the chair. Tom was in charge of a campaign which alienated candidates literally all across Texas. But Tom charges that Pat has impeded our candidates — and, of course, Tom is an honorable man.
Pat’s leadership enabled us to have full-time employees during a crucial time in the 2010 election cycle. Tom managed a campaign that made enemies of most of those employees. Yet Tom contends that Pat has not dealt well with the staff — and we know that Tom is an honorable man.
Pat’s tenure has seen many new members and activists. Tom ran a campaign that so turned off the membership that it could not give away its quota of tickets to televised debates. Still, Tom slams the way Pat has conducted himself in office — and, remember, Tom is an honorable man.
But let me stir you not to reject Tom, for, indeed, he is an honorable man. I tell you only what you already know: that Pat has done great good for the LP of Texas, and would do more if re-elected; that his is a record of success, as Tom’s is a record of failure.
For Texas and Liberty,