Geoff Neale to statechairs, lnc-discuss, wes.wagner:
Doug Craig wrote:
“I would like an official ruling from the LNC or Chairman on who is the official of Oregon. .Thank you”
Doug – thanks for the softball.
It is my position that Wes Wagner is the Chair of the Oregon affiliate of the Libertarian Party.
The Bylaws are very clear that only the LNC can establish or terminate a relationship with a state affiliate, and that there can only be one state level affiliate per state. The Bylaws are also clear that only the Judicial Committee can veto an action or decision of the LNC. However, it is just as clear to me that the delegates in convention can trump the Bylaws.
The Judicial Committee ruled that the “Wagner” group is the official affiliate from Oregon.
However, the Credentials Committee at our last convention decided to recognize the “Reeves” group, and took the matter to the delegates, who upheld their decision. My problem with this decision is that, according to the minutes, the Credentials Committee referred to RONR for what to do when there are “conflicting” groups. In my opinion, there can be no conflicting delegate submissions from two “affiliates” in one state because our Bylaws state there can only be one affiliate per state, and the Judicial Committee ruled that the “Wagner” group was the official affiliate. I think the Credentials Committee did not have any choice but to accept the Wagner delegates, but obviously they saw it differently.
Subsequently, when the delegates upheld the “Reeves” delegates, it might be argued that the delegates were therefore ratifying the position that the “Reeves” group were the official affiliate, but I disagree. The motion that was voted on did not specify this position. In effect, the delegates sat individuals, without taking a position on the affiliate of record, which has created a huge problem, since the Bylaws specify that it is the responsibility of the recognized affiliate to submit the list of delegates. What a mess.
Now on to the next issue: the state chairs list. Let’s be clear – this is an LP list. It’s hosted on lp.org. At some point in the past, administration was turned over to the LSLA. While it might be argued that this list is independent of the LP, it is not – the LP pays for it, and it is on the LP site. I think we have to keep this in mind. As long as the LP hosts this site, it needs to be able to exercise limited control over it. I think that limited control should be that the affiliates recognized on this list are only the affiliates recognized by the LNC, which is the sole explicit authority in the Bylaws that can recognize affiliates. Likewise, under our Bylaws, we can only have one affiliate per state.
Personally, I think the best path would be to direct the LSLA to create and pay for its own list, or adhere to LNC decisions as to which “group” is the affiliate, or turn administration of the members of the list back over to LNC control.
I see no upside for the LNC in allowing this argument to continue on a list paid for by the LNC. Either the argument needs to end, or the list needs to be truly separate.
But these are just my opinions. Ruling on who the LNC recognizes as the official Oregon affiliate is straightforward. Deciding what action, if any, that the LNC takes must be an LNC decision.