Kristin Davis Declines LP Nomination For NYC Mayor To Run For Comptroller

The following is an April 10th post on Dr. Tom Stevens’s blog, Liberty Lion.

In a surprise move, Kristin Davis, who was almost guaranteed the Libertarian Party’s Mayoral Nomination after receiving the endorsement of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, the largest and most active of the Libertarian Party County Organizations in New York City, declined the nomination she received from the floor of the New York City Nominating Convention held on April 9, 2013 at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, announcing instead her desire to run for Comptroller against Scott Stringer, the probable Democratic Nominee.

Ex-Madam Kristin Davis went on to win the nomination and will be the Libertarian Party Candidate for New York City Comptroller. Ms. Davis, a former Vice-President for Compliance of a major Wall Street Hedge Fund, said of her probable opponent:

Stringer has no financial management or business experience whatsoever. He has never held a job in the private sector and has spent his adult life on the public payroll. I have run a successful multi-million dollar business. Scott Stringer’s entire financial background consists of voting in the New York State Assembly for higher taxes, more spending, more debt and more borrowing. Mr. Stringer is a career politician completely lacking in the qualifications for this job. I am anxious to match my qualifications with his.

Dr. Tom Stevens, Political Director of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, reacted to Kristin’s April Surprise, as follows:

I respect Kristin’s decision to seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party for whatever office she believes best suits her background and experience. The Libertarian Party of Queens County was excited about Kristin Davis’ proposed run for Mayor and she was unanimously endorsed by the LPQC Executive Committee. I believe the delegates in attendance at the New York City Nominating Convention would have overwhelmingly given her the Libertarian Party’s Mayoral Nomination so it was certainly not out of fear of losing the nomination that caused her to bow out and run for Comptroller. 

It did surprise me, however, that the delegates in attendance at the New York City Nominating Convention gave the Libertarian Party Mayoral Nomination to possible Republican Party Mayoral Nominee Joe Lhota, the former Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who served former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the City’s Budget Director and later as Deputy Mayor for Operations. This decision by the delegates is especially puzzling since Mr. Lhota did not attend the New York City Nominating Convention to seek the nomination nor did he publicly announce his willingness to accept the Libertarian Party’s Mayoral Nomination. Time will tell whether he will decline the nomination after petitions are filed on his behalf. If he bows out at that time, the Committee on Vacancies will select a suitable substitute candidate. 

I can confidently say the Libertarian Party of Queens County will proudly support Kristin Davis in her race to become New York City’s next Comptroller.

Kristin Davis, formerly known as the Manhattan Madam, ran a high-end prostitution ring in New York City and served 4 months at Riker’s Island. She now heads a non-profit organization, Hope House, to combat sex trafficking and writes for her blog Libertarian Lady. Davis successfully petitioned to get on the ballot as the gubernatorial candidate of the Anti-Prohibition Party in 2010. She supports gay marriage equality, marijuana legalization and expanded casino gambling.

34 thoughts on “Kristin Davis Declines LP Nomination For NYC Mayor To Run For Comptroller

  1. johnO

    LOL– I bet he’ll take the fusion votes of the LPers in NY. To win in NYC against the D’s he’ll take the votes. He may not want to be associated with Ms. Davis’ pro-prostitution stand but c’mon.
    -Also I bet he’d give two thumbs up just like Putin did with topless FEMEN protest in Germany yesterday. Not that Ms. Davis would run for office topless.

  2. Eric Sundwall

    yeah . . . yeah . . . she was anti-mosque and can’t commit to calling for an all end to the drug war either.

    She’s a Roger Stone flunky. The Queens chapter was instrumental in throwing her under the bus by letting new members in that were also Stone’s flunkies. The biggest basket of chumps in the LPNY are from Queens.

    There are better sources for this story that IPR could use.

  3. Mark Axinn

    Krzysztof–

    This is not meant as a comment on the accuracy of Tom’s reporting, but you might consider that he was not even there last night.

    Accordingly, as Eric mentions at 4, there are far better sources of information than a report from someone who did not attend.

  4. johnO

    So what about C. Person? Is he not running anymore Krzysztof? No more Pro-Bestiality with Dr. Tom Stevens?

  5. Mark Axinn

    Carl was there.

    I believe he received five votes for Mayor.

    Sam Sloan received two votes (his and his girlfriend’s).

    I voted for NOTA.

  6. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    Carl Person is running for Mayor as the Reform Party’s candidate.

    Mark:

    I posted other coverage of the event last night, from the New York Daily News.

  7. johnO

    So C Person isn’t nominated for this position even though , from what I understand reading Krzysztof’s articles, he’s more LP than Lhota ever will be? WOW! Ms. Davis’ mentor, Stone, has/will make LPNY into his own R party. OUCH.

  8. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 4

    The Queens LP endorsed Kristin Davis for Mayor and did not throw her under the bus.

    From my understanding, Ms. Davis was nominated for Mayor and she then declined endorsing Lhota so all her supporters voted for Lhota.

    It is true I was not at the NYC Nominating Convention so if anything in my report is inaccurate, please let me know.

    I received multiple reports throughout the convention and received verbal reports after the convention from many people.

  9. Mark Axinn

    Regarding the Reform Party.

    In New York, like the LP the Reform Party is not a party. It is an independent body.

    Accordingly, anyone seeking to run as the candidate of the Reform Party will have to petition onto the ballot as such this summer.

    It takes 3750 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot for a NYC-wide position.

  10. Mark Axinn

    To my knowledge, the Objectivist Party has never run a candidate in New York.

    I believe Dr. Stevens did run for President on that line in 2008 and 2012 in Florida and Colorado.

  11. johnO

    I wonder if Dr.Stevens would run on the Objectivist Party line in NYC? Maybe C Person? IF LPNY is being hijacked by Stone? I know this will drive Krzysztof crazy though with the bestiality stuff. LOL.

  12. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 21

    I have no interest in running for NYC Mayor and the Objectivist Party of New York has no interest in running a Mayoral candidate this year.

  13. paulie

    yeah . . . yeah . . . she was anti-mosque and can’t commit to calling for an all end to the drug war either.

    Anti-“mosque” is a strike against her. It would be more accurate to say anti-religious freedom and anti-property rights. She is good on the drug issue; debating the merits of legalizing substances other than marijuana right now is not dealing with political reality. Discussing full legalization of pot is now politically realistic, and she put that issue at the top as one of her key issues, along with stopping stop-and-frisk. Which Lhota is in favor of, begging the question of why she would endorse him.

    The biggest basket of chumps in the LPNY are from Queens.

    And Manhattan gets a silver medal for reinstating Dr. Stevens.

  14. paulie

    There are better sources for this story that IPR could use.

    Agreed. But since I was not here to do it myself, I won’t gripe too much.

  15. paulie

    You LPers should seriously try to boot Roger Stone from the LP.

    If you can be specific about where and how he violated his membership oath, a case might be made, but I doubt it will get considered. Particularly since there are multiple levels of LP, not just one central authority. Getting any, much less all, of them to take on such a case is asking a lot, given that there is little if any precedent.

  16. paulie

    booting some one from the party would be an act of aggression.

    No, it might be legitimate (retaliatory) force if the membership was fraudulent as far as signing the pledge.

    However, it’s not something we normally do. I’m not aware of any cases where it has actually happened.

  17. paulie

    Carl was there.

    I believe he received five votes for Mayor.

    Didn’t you tell me he was ineligible due to his Reform Party nomination?

  18. paulie

    So C Person isn’t nominated for this position even though , from what I understand reading Krzysztof’s articles, he’s more LP than Lhota ever will be?

    Neither of them is particularly libertarian as far as I can tell. Lhota is a police-prison-industrial paramilitarist, while Person wants state banking and some private-public partnership sort of jobs program. I think it is entirely fitting for Lhota to stick with the Republicans and Person to embrace his new home in the Reform Party.

  19. paulie

    To my knowledge, the Objectivist Party has never run a candidate in New York.

    To my knowledge, they have never run any candidates for anything anywhere other than the presidential ticket. Please correct if I’m mistaken.

  20. paulie

    Is the state party prepared for the Stone clown car to show up to the state convention like they did to the City’s?

  21. Mark Axinn

    Paulie–

    No reason Carl Person could not seek the nomination of LP especially as we are a fusion state, but if he got it and successfully petitioned on the ballot on both Reform and LP, current state law requires him to pick one or the other. That is the law we are challenging in the Credico lawsuit.

    Tom Stevens and Sam Sloan have both been permitted to re-join the Manhattan LP. Neither has any position therein except Member.

    On the other hand, Tom has been an officer of Queens LP for several years (Membership Director).

    Kristin Davis and Andrew Miller are both members of LPNY and have both advised me that they will attend the state convention. Roger Stone is not a member and is not expected, but then again I did not expect Kristin to nominate Lhota so my level of expectations is not a very good indicator of what might happen. I intend to have a seat a close to the bar as possible at all times just in case, and I’m running the damn show! 🙂

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