Filippo Di Noto in comments on a prior post:
This is my account of the events.
First of all, to those concerned that LPNevada funds were used to pay for the event. Absolutely no LPNevada funds were used to pay for the luncheon. It was a Free Speech Coalition event promoted by that organization, RSVP required. It was not an LPNevada event, therefore being a member of the LPNevada does not entitle one to attend.
Second, what members of the LPNevada and the Executive Committee do in their own time is their own business. Showing up in front of a non-LPNevada event with 20+ people demanding answers is highly inappropriate, and highlights the difficulties that the Party has faced in trying to get other organizations to work with us.
The events that led to Suncoast Hotel security being called were as follows. Elmer Whittaker was standing in the area between the ballrooms. Shortly thereafter he was joined by Jim Duensing. I noticed them standing there and was concerned but since they weren’t doing anything but standing there, they had every right to be there.
Then Joe Silvestri arrived and Jim Duensing shouted out “Joe Silvestri is gay!” At this time I asked one of the staff to call security because now Mr. Duensing had demonstrated that his intent was to harass attendees of the Free Speech Coalition Luncheon. Shortly after this Mr. Duensing shouted out again “Joe SIlvestri is still gay!”
At this point I saw the crowd of people moving towards the ballroom and recognized many of them as LPNevada members who were not listed to attend the luncheon. I was deeply concerned at this point, as one of the people helping to coordinate the event, and also as a member of the LPNevada. The last thing I wanted to see was LPNevada membership disrupting an event that was completely unrelated, other than the fact that some LPNevada members are also supporters of the Free Speech Coalition. Security finally showed up as the crowd was walking down the hallway to the entrance of the ballroom.
From here on out the events were recorded by multiple video camera phones. I cannot recall the exact details of what I said because I had lights in my eyes and admittedly caught a wave of anxiety. I tried to persuade the crowd to leave, and tried to explain that this was not an LPNevada event. I’m dreading watching the videos as soon as someone posts them, as I’m sure I resemble a deer caught in headlights.
As the crowd began to leave, I heard shouting coming from inside the ballroom “Someone is messing with Joe!” I went inside just in time to see Don Cowles standing over Joe Silvestri who was seated at a table, and Don was giving Joe “the finger”. I approached them and told Don he needed to leave, and after a brief exchange of words he did.
A few moments later I went back into the hallway, had a brief discussion with Avens O’Brien in which I was frustrated because the luncheon was supposed to begin soon and I still had matters to attend to. She left and after that there were no more disruptions, the rest of the guests arrived and the luncheon was a success. The Free Speech Coalition panel seemed happy and didn’t make a big deal out of the disruptions thankfully.
I personally am working with a number of organizations along with some other members of the LPNevada. I realize that because of the controversy surrounding the convention there were many accusations flying around, which in my opinion are irrational. I am willing to take this into consideration, but working with the LPNevada is proving to be a constant uphill battle. The LP’s reputation for radical behavior is a major roadblock in getting other groups to associate with us. My goals for spreading awareness of liberty issues seems to go much more smoothly when the LP is not involved. I hope that this changes in the near future.