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