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Oregon Secretary of State and LPO Respond to Filing of Candidates by Reeves Group

Danger Drama alert

Posted to the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s Facebook page
August 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Republican Congressional Candidates Submit False Filings; Attempt to Obtain Libertarian Party Nominations By Deception

Wilsonville, Ore – August 27th, 2014 — The Libertarian Party of Oregon(LPO) has learned that US Congressional candidates Jason Yates, Republican, District 1, and James Buchal, Republican, District 3, submitted false certificates of nomination to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. The filing was submitted by an unauthorized agent, Timothy Reeves, on August 25th, allegedly on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Oregon. Reeves has never held an elected position in the LPO.
Upon learning of the false filings, the LPO’s chairperson, Wes Wagner, advised the Secretary of State’s Elections office that these filings were unauthorized and made fraudulently.

The Secretary of State has removed the nominations from their reporting website, ORESTAR.
The LPO runs a statewide primary to nominate candidates for partisan office. Both Yates and Buchal had requested to be listed on that ballot, as Republican candidates seeking a fusion nomination for their respective offices. Party rules give preferential treatment to party members who are seeking a nomination, so Libertarian nominees prevailed in both races, but Yates also lost in raw votes to Cody Reynolds (Independent), by a greater than two-to-one margin.
It appears that Yates and Buchal subsequently attended an alleged nominating convention run by a rump group that unsuccessfully sued for control of the LPO in 2012 with the assistance of self-proclaimed general counsel for the Oregon Republican Party, Tyler Smith.

“Their case was dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, but was also without merit,” said Wagner. “The registered members of our party have no desire to be controlled by a Republican puppet regime, have won in court, and continue to reject their candidates or any attempts at reasserting peonage against our party members.”

“These Republicans lost when they asked our members for their support and are now attempting to take by deception that which they could not win in an open vote. Since they already participated in our election and lost, they must have known what they were trying to do via this false filing was wrong.”

“We have seen Republicans in other states act to supress Libertarian candidates, filing completely baseless petition challenges, and even sending armed thugs door to door to intimidate petition signatories. Although these acts do not surprise me, it is certainly disappointing to see them appear in Oregon’s elections.”
“I see their actions as those of a defeated enemy, desperate to find any way to hang onto a speck of power or relevance, except doing the one thing that would make them worthy of leadership – behaving like ethical people.”

The LPO has nominated 48 partisan candidates to state and county office for the November General Election, which is a record for the party.

Contact:
Jeff Weston
Secretary, Libertarian Party of Oregon
jjweston@gmail.com

The office of the Secretary of State for Oregon, Kate Brown, sent a response regarding all five of the candidates. Here are the letters:

SoS Elections_20140827_090749 (1)

There is ongoing converstation on the Facebook page, which can be found here .

There is quite a bit of history of this dispute chronicled here on IPR. The reader can enter “Oregon Libertarian Party” in the search box to find some fifty articles since the spring of 2011, when this particular issue started. Here is some recent correspondence from the Secretary of State, which includes several links:


Oregon Secretary of State Responds to Tyler Smith’s Letter Insisting Reeves Group is the Correct LPO

About Post Author

Jill Pyeatt

Jill Pyeatt is a small-business owner and jewelry designer from Southern California. She currently serves on the Judicial Committee of the Libertarian Party of CA. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

43 Comments

  1. paulie paulie September 6, 2014

    Nice to see Luke Rudkowski, Reason, Liberty Crier and others picking up on these stories. I’ll post a few additional articles on related themes, hopefully today.

  2. Bob Tiernan Bob Tiernan September 2, 2014

    Steve Scheetz: “I believe it is even more disturbing that the LNC is giving any serious consideration to Burke et al given what has been going on.”
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    Going back to the early-90s Burke made contacts with people at LP HQ such as National Comunications Director Bill Winter who came to two of our conventions to support Burke while pretending to be a neutral observer. Winter even pushed Burke towards famous columnist David Broder who was at a national convention and who then profiled Burke in a column as a prime example of, well, the young Libertarian of the future. His only qualification as a subject was that Winter was pushing him. Broder never knew how far off he was.

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    Bob T

  3. Andy Andy September 2, 2014

    The motive of the troll is obviously to sabotage the Libertarian Party and movement, as well as to specifically sabotage the few actual Libertarians who have done a lot of ballot access work and who post pro-freedom stuff online.

  4. paulie paulie September 2, 2014

    YMMV. They both seem really lame and trollish and they are both obsessed with me, and the nazi troll seems to change posting styles (as well as screen names and IP anonymizers) from time to time. So, I would not be surprised if they are the same. But I would also not be surprised if they aren’t.

  5. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | September 2, 2014

    Vernon’s was surprisingly amateurish. I’d be surprised if it’s the same person.

  6. paulie paulie September 2, 2014

    It’s right up there with Nathan Norman’s blog. Not clear if they are the same troll or two different ones.

  7. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | September 2, 2014

    LOL–maybe Vernon realized no one cared about his flimsy website after we all checked in once just to laugh.

    Damn, that Vernon really is a funny guy!

  8. paulie paulie September 2, 2014

    Darn, I was hoping Vern was done trolling IPR now that he has his own blog(s).

  9. Andy Andy September 2, 2014

    Some of us here at IPR must be doing a lot of things right for the government to have paid “Vernon” to do this much trolling here. This must mean that we are doing a good job and the political establishment that controls the government sees us as a threat.

  10. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | August 31, 2014

    Joshua said: “You know, number of candidates run is rather irrelevant to the question of:
    1. Whether there are two organizations fighting over who is the LP affiliate or one organization fighting over who its leadership is (and membership, oddly)
    2. If the former, which group is the proper successor of the one affiliate in 2009
    3. If the latter, who the proper leadership is (and whether the LNC has any role in determining that – my answer: no for Oregon purposes, yes for determining with whom it will deal.)”

    The number of candidates in 2014 make it clear which faction the people who belong to the LP of Oregon support. I find that to be very relevant.

  11. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | August 31, 2014

    Joshua Katz, you seem to think that one side of the Oregon lawsuit’s group acted 100 percent in line with proper bylaws. It’s my understanding that the bylaws in place in Oregon in 2011 were not legitimate and made complying untenable. I’d have to do research into the 50-ish articles here to tell you more specifics, but I believe even the Reeves group admits the bylaws in place were flawed.

  12. Wes Wagner Wes Wagner August 31, 2014

    The other sides counsel conceded in court that there was only one organization. It is a matter of legal fact.

    it is in the transcript of arguments for summary judgment.

  13. Joshua Katz Joshua Katz August 31, 2014

    You know, number of candidates run is rather irrelevant to the question of:
    1. Whether there are two organizations fighting over who is the LP affiliate or one organization fighting over who its leadership is (and membership, oddly)
    2. If the former, which group is the proper successor of the one affiliate in 2009
    3. If the latter, who the proper leadership is (and whether the LNC has any role in determining that – my answer: no for Oregon purposes, yes for determining with whom it will deal.)

    One approach would be to set aside those questions and do what is best for the LP, but that is not an approach that has any principle to it. The two questions above need to be answered. I believe the JC implicitly stated that there were two groups by agreeing that there was an effective disaffiliation when Reeves was recognized as chair. However, they relied on an unwritten policy of the Secretary of State, which means they may not have had this question in mind at all.

  14. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | August 31, 2014

    On the list of the amount of candidates per state, if I recall correctly, Oregon had the third highest amount. Definitely noteworthy!

  15. Steve Scheetz Steve Scheetz August 31, 2014

    Well, it is like I said on some of the many Oregon threads…

    the LPO, (the Wagner Group, the one that is actually recognized by the LP and by the State of Oregon) has close to 50 candidates on the ballot this November.

    Burk et al continue to demonstrate that they would rather do what is important for themselves as opposed to what is important for the LP, specifically the candidates running as Libertarians.

    I believe it is even more disturbing that the LNC is giving any serious consideration to Burke et al given what has been going on. Frankly, those members of the LNC who are pushing this policy of self destruction will be responsible for the end of the Libertarian Party if they are allowed to continue.

    The lack of commentary, I believe is a statement in and of itself. I believe it is the population here saying: “What else is new?”

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  16. Fred Fred August 31, 2014

    My mistake
    In that case it’s the best Pro-Johnson argument.

  17. Bob Tiernan Bob Tiernan August 31, 2014

    Paulie: “The last one was triple digits, so I’m not sure if it is Oregon fatigue or just general fatigue. The whole site seems to be deadish last couple of days.”

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    I’m not sure about that. This one just wasn’t very interesting. Like watching a kick for the extra point. There have been a lot of slaps to the Reeves-Burke group and many are more or less expected. We’ll know if there’s real fatigue for this stuff if there’s a thread on yet another defector from the Burke side, spilling interesting beans, and no one cares.

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  18. paulie paulie August 31, 2014

    I think he still has his fans in the LP, and some people will forgive and want to give him another chance. Personally, I think one trip through the revolving door is enough.

  19. pg90 pg90 August 31, 2014

    In the event that Johnson doesn’t run again, there will be plenty of candidates stepping forward who are quantifiably less loathsome, vile, and repulsive to human dignity than Wayne Root.

  20. paulie paulie August 31, 2014

    Stranger things have happened.

  21. Andy Andy August 31, 2014

    ” paulie August 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I said if Johnson decides against running again. In other words, Wayne knows he can’t beat Gary for the nomination, so he isn’t going to try, but if Gary is not running he may see an opening and return for another round.”

    Wayne Root sealed his fate when he quit the LP and endorsed Mitt Romney. I do not believe that he would be able to win the LP Presidential nomination after doing that.

  22. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | August 30, 2014

    LOL–David Icke sent me a friend request last week! If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry about it.

  23. paulie paulie August 30, 2014

    Speaking of Wayne, him and Aaron Starr both friended me (or whatever the term is there) on Linkedin the same day. Not sure if that is a coincidence?

    Last I heard from Aaron he told me he was really disappointed in Wayne when Wayne went back to the Republicans, but maybe they still work together on some things, or it could have just been a coincidence.

  24. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | August 30, 2014

    If Root comes back and starts talking for us again, I’ll be out of the party. That would definitely be my cue to give up on the LP.

  25. paulie paulie August 30, 2014

    I said if Johnson decides against running again. In other words, Wayne knows he can’t beat Gary for the nomination, so he isn’t going to try, but if Gary is not running he may see an opening and return for another round.

  26. Fred Fred August 30, 2014

    *Root might come back if Johnson runs again*
    That is the most compelling anti -Johnson argument I’ve heard

  27. paulie paulie August 30, 2014

    Not trying to pressure anyone. I can’t even make myself do it so I certainly can’t criticize anyone else for being busy, lazy, or just not in the mood. Glad you are staying busy and looking forward to whatever you post.

  28. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | August 30, 2014

    I’m just having a reallty busy year. There are a few I plan to post tonight, including Savva’s big announcement about Gary Johnson..

  29. paulie paulie August 30, 2014

    I heard he may be back next year if Johnson decides against running again.

  30. Root's Teeth Are Awesome Root's Teeth Are Awesome August 30, 2014

    Paulie: “Wow, three days and comments are not yet even double digits on this one?”

    I guess that’s what happens when we no longer have Root to kick around anymore, 🙂

  31. paulie paulie August 30, 2014

    The last one was triple digits, so I’m not sure if it is Oregon fatigue or just general fatigue.

    The whole site seems to be deadish last couple of days.

    I may have to go on an article posting spree. Feeling very lazy as far as that goes, but Jed seems to be taking a break (I hope that is all it is), Joshua and Chris are doing their A3PR thing (plenty of articles, hardly any comments), Jill has a tiny handful of them and every once in a while someone else pops up. It may have to be me by default but I really don’t feel like it.

  32. Thomas Knapp Thomas Knapp August 30, 2014

    The actions of the Reeves Gang have passed beyond the point at which they are as relevant and surprising as e.g. the latest resolution of the Prohibition Party in favor of banning alcohol.

  33. paulie paulie August 30, 2014

    Wow, three days and comments are not yet even double digits on this one?

  34. Bob Tiernan Bob Tiernan August 30, 2014

    Jill: “It seems to me that this might be something Mr. Reeves could be criminally prosecuted for.”
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    People like Reeves need to sense ahead of time that the guy pushing them into action (Burke) always tries to keep his fingerprints off of the misdeeds so that others are punished instead. Burke is, well, like those Muslims who get others to strap on the bomb vests.
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  35. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | August 28, 2014

    It seems to me that this might be something Mr. Reeves could be criminally prosecuted for.

  36. Steven Wilson Steven Wilson August 28, 2014

    During my lunch break I had this thought.

    When I read about more LPO crap story I can’t help but think about an early seventies Ian Anderson in his minstrel outfits standing on one leg playing his flute just a few feet from the SOS office in Oregon.

    This one goes out to Aaron Starr: “Sitting on a park bench…”

    Cheers!!

  37. paulie paulie August 28, 2014

    Can we add some audio of the robot from Lost In Space saying “Danger! Danger!”?

    Probably, but I wouldn’t want it playing on the front page.

  38. Stewart Flood Stewart Flood August 28, 2014

    Can we add some audio of the robot from Lost In Space saying “Danger! Danger!”? I don’t think the danger sign is sufficient warning…

  39. Thomas Knapp Thomas Knapp August 28, 2014

    “Aaron Starr is funding their silly battle”

    Has LPO considered approaching the US Attorney with evidence of same? To the extent that the Reeves group constitutes a racket engaged in election fraud, a RICO indictment might be in order.

  40. FLUSH STARR FLUSH STARR August 28, 2014

    The LPO has an all libertarian full federal and statewide slate. Reeves (cough Burke cough) wanted to replace some of them with republicans.

    Aaron Starr is funding their silly battle and has not flushed them. Therefor Starr is loyal to the GOP not the LP.

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