Libertarian Party of Tennessee’s Convention Gets Media Attention, Plus Reports From the Event

Gary Johnson Tennessee

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The Tennessean

March 15, 2014

MURFREESBORO — The country should eliminate all income, corporate and payroll taxes and replace them with a consumption tax, Libertarian Party 2012 presidential nominee Gary Johnson told an audience Saturday.

“I believe that our lives would be changed for the better,” Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, said during his keynote address before the Libertarian Party of Tennessee State Convention at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.

About 75 people attended the event, and the 60 or still present by the final speech gave Johnson a standing ovation.

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Here is a video of Johnson’s speech:

Here is what the state chairman, Jim Tomasik, had to say:

We are just getting back to the house this morning after an absolutely fantastic couple of days in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the 2014 LPTN State Convention! We had great participation and a lot of really positive attitudes.
We muddled through some of the basic rules of procedures with the help of more knowledgeable folks such as Wayne Chastain. Wayne stepped in and helped out with the Robert’s Rules of Order. I’m very glad that he offered to fill in for the Secretary’s position during the transitional time.

It was great to see some familiar faces from across Tennessee such as Allan Wallace, Steven Rodriguez, Heather Scott, Ed and Debra Marsh, Keith Luntz, and many more. It was also great to see a lot of new faces as well.

We have some newly elected state party officers in place at the closing of the Convention:
Please welcome these folks to their new positions:
Donn Janes is our new LPTN Vice Chairman
Daniel Lewis is our new LPTN Secretary
Mary Phelps is our new LPTN Treasurer
(Of course, I am still the LPTN Chairman.)

I would like to say “thank you” to the outgoing Vice Chairman, Matthew Novak, Secretary, Ray Ledford, and Treasurer, Michael Maness.
We also have three newly appointed regional cordinators:
Wallace Redd, is our new Heartland Regional Coordinator
James (Jimbo) Buente is our new Valley Regional Coordinator
Paul Teague is our new Delta Regional Coordinator (replacing Donn Janes)
I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this years convention and would like to send a special thanks to the three other members of the convention committee, Donn Janes, Paul Teague, and Barry Simmons.

(Donn and I will prepare a press release to go out that will list LPTN Nominees for elected offices within 24 hours.)

WE will start planning the 2015 LPTN right away. Let’s grow this thing!

And, here is what one attendee, Adam House, had to say on a blog post:

Yesterday, on the Ides of March, was the Libertarian Party convention for the state of Tennessee, held in Murfreesboro. Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, was the keynote speaker.

Several years ago, Gary Johnson started a one-man business as a handy man for hire, then grew it into a construction business employing over 1,000 people. He’s also an athlete who has climbed to the highest mountain peak on 6 of the 7 world continents, and plans to go to Antarctica to climb the highest peak on that 7th continent this November. In his two terms as NM Governor, Johnson actually shrunk the size of government and brought the state’s budget back into balance. Johnson stands firmly against the drug war, American military adventurism abroad, and the failed inflationary monetary policies of the Federal Reserve.

I was pleasantly surprised when Johnson opened the floor to questions from the gathering and I took the opportunity to ask something. I introduced myself, pointed out that Governor Johnson’s dog and mine have both created more shovel-ready jobs than B. Hussein Obama, told him that I might be glad to see him run for president again on a ticket with Judge Andrew Napolitano, and asked him to give his take on NSA spying and Edward Snowden. Johnson called Snowden a “hero” in response, and expressed that he might run for president again.

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12 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Tennessee’s Convention Gets Media Attention, Plus Reports From the Event

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Not sure which is more slimy — using the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination to collect campaign welfare, or using the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination to advocate for the anti-libertarian “Fair” Tax.

  2. Andy

    “Thomas L. Knapp March 17, 2014 at 7:14 am
    Not sure which is more slimy — using the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination to collect campaign welfare, or using the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination to advocate for the anti-libertarian ‘Fair’ Tax.”

    I don’t think that the Johnson campaign was a complete negative for the LP, and I even listed 6 positive things about the Johnson campaign on another thread, however, the two things mentioned above were certainly among the negatives, and I’ve got to wonder if the Johnson campaign was just a slick way to promote the Fair Tax scam.

  3. Steven Wilson

    I believe if he does run again, he needs to rethink his strategy and the people around him. His campaign debt was one issue, but the percentages of monies going into labor (salary) made some people extremely disappointed.

    If he is going to run again, I will say it again. He must prove he can win New Mexico and he must buy TV ads. Anything else will be a waste of time. His campus tours are nice, but he needs to enter more than one niche market of customers (voters).

    Glad to see Tennessee moving along with their transitions. Good Luck!!

  4. Andy

    Steven Wilson said: “He must prove he can win New Mexico and he must buy TV ads. Anything else will be a waste of time.”

    I doubt that any Libertarian Party candidate for President can win any state. The only way I could see this having any reasonable possibility of happening would be if there was a candidate that could raise or spend (if it was a billionaire candidate who was willing to self finance a campaign) an amount of money that was at least close to what the Democrats and Republicans spend on their campaigns, so we’d be talking hundreds of millions of dollars.

  5. Andy

    If Gary Johnson had run as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President while he was still the sitting Governor of New Mexico, and if he had a better financed campaign, I think that he’d have stood a decent chance of winning New Mexico, but given that this is no longer a possibility, Gary Johnson has very little chance of winning or carrying New Mexico or any other state, unless he recruits a billionaire and/or a celebrity Vice Presidential candidate (and by celebrity, I mean somebody who is a lot more famous than he is), and they have a campaign budget that is in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and even then, the money would have to be spent intelligently.

  6. Electoral Watch

    @1016am – Good point about New Mexico. The way Johnson can prove he can win there is to run against Tom Udall in November and become the first Libertarian US Senator. If he fails to do this; he should step aside as a possible Presidential nominee in 2016.

  7. paulie

    If any of the other states who had a convention this past weekend would like a write-up here, please email me at stone@altrionet.com.

    As far as the LP national calendar says TN was the only one this past weekend and Iowa is the only one one this coming weekend. http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/2014-state-conventions I received a note someone may cover IA but not who that will be yet.

    Good point about New Mexico. The way Johnson can prove he can win there is to run against Tom Udall in November and become the first Libertarian US Senator. If he fails to do this; he should step aside as a possible Presidential nominee in 2016.

    That’s just silly. And Johnson already told me he is not running for anything this year.

    He can do fine by running again. Hopefully 30 second and 1 minute ads will be in the can a lot earlier on this time.

  8. Electoral Watch

    What’s silly is expecting serious libertarians to back a proven loser like Gary Johnson in 2016. 2014 is the only way Gary can prove himself a winner. Otherwise, serious libertarians will back Rand Paul in 2016 and the Johnson campaign will serve nothing except LP mental masturbation.

  9. Is the LP serious

    WHy did the LP support Harry Browne two times in a row–1996 and 2000? Was he a “proven loser”?

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