Libertarian Candidate in Oregon Receives Letter From Richard Burke Recommending He Vote for Republican Competitor

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Imagine the surprise Kyle Markley Libertarian candidate for Oregon House of Representives, felt when he opened a letter from Richard Burke. In it, Mr. Burke recommends he vote for his Republican competitor, Dan Mason.

Richard Burke, as many of our IPR readers know, has been involved in a dispute with the Libertarian Party of Oregon since spring 2011, saying that a different set of officers is the rightful leadership of the Libertarian Party of Oregon. It involved a lawsuit, which was dismissed in the Wagner group’s favor in May, 2013.  The Secretary of State of Oregon and and both the current and prior chairmen of the national Libertarian Party acknowledge the incumbent leadership, under the chairmanship of Wes Wagner, are the proper leaders of the LPO.  However, Burke continues to act as if it’s just a matter of time until they are vindicated and put into leadership. They even fraudulently wrote to the Oregon Secretary of State this year and attempted to replace the candidates the LP of Oregon had placed on the ballot . Now, this letter has been sent out, apparently to Libertarians in Mr Markley’s district:

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I was made aware of this letter by having this email from Mr. Wagner forwarded to me. It was sent to the State Chairs Group.

Mr Burke is now endorsing and sending mailers encouraging others to vote for our Republican Party opponents (you know in addition to the Oregon Republican Party filing an Amicus brief in the lawsuit for control of the LPO (funded by Aaron Starr)).

I am sure Scott Lieberman will jump in any moment to try to publish Burke’s wonderful defense. Of course we should all trust Scott because he was caught red handed trying to convince Gary Johnson to spike ballot access in Oregon during the whole debacle so he could help his friends use it as a wedge to try to take over the LPO for the benefit of the republican party.

https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2012/07/ca-lnc-alternate-rep-suggests-johnson-campaign-should-sacrifice-ballot-access-to-unseat-wagner/

In the grand scheme of things our party was under attack by republican sympathetic elements of our party — attempted a coup — the LNC backed it (and even with that it failed) and the people responsible have not been held to account, the delegates of the 2014 convention violated our sovereignty, and a myriad of other offenses.

This is what the LNC and the National Libertarian Party has been backing all these years. The LNC was unable to even pass an apology for its offenses after the convention.

We will be voting to disaffiliate ourselves with the current national party this spring at our convention.

Sincerely,
Wes Wagner
Chairperson, Libertarian Party of Oregon

Here is a link to Kyle Markley’s website.

Some recent activity has brought to light how closely aligned the Burke/Reeves group is to the Republican Party of Oregon. A link to that can be found here .

Richard Burke is currently the Oregon State Director for Gary Johnson’s Our America initiative, and also served in a similar capacity as Oregon State Director of his 2012 LP Presidential campaign.

60 thoughts on “Libertarian Candidate in Oregon Receives Letter From Richard Burke Recommending He Vote for Republican Competitor

  1. paulie

    That appears to tell you about OAI, doesn’t it?

    Not really, no.

    How is their lawsuit coming?

    Latest we have been told is about $200k raised to date, big name attorney retained, negotiating with Green Party about their role, filing “soon” without specific dates mentioned.

  2. Joe

    There’s not much transparency on the CPD lawsuit on their website. It’s still in a fundraising mode, although the fundraising “thermometer” and various deadlines for fundraising are no longer there — (see https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.ouramericainitiative.com for the history of the site). The last disclosure of the amount raised, at least as captured by the web archive, was, I believe, prior to the LP Columbus convention.

  3. Joseph Buchman

    This is, I believe, the first document where Mr. Burke has not misspelled the possessive form of its as “it’s.” That, as well as what I discern as a different “tone,” suggests, IMO, that this letter was ghost-written for him; or perhaps he has found a competent editor/proofreader . . .

  4. Bondurant

    The good news is, anyone who was not completely sure about happenings in Oregon now knows the true motivation of Burke and his faction.

  5. Wes Wagner

    Don’t forget… Aaron Starr was funding and promoting this guy. Now we know for sure who Aaron is.

  6. Joseph Buchman

    Somehow I missed the, ” . . . he was not nominates (sic) according to the process. . .”

    Ah, well.

    I am, I discovered earlier tonight, working for a University that has the word “proficient” misspelled in their new faculty orientation course.

    Sigh,

    Or as my friend Jill might say — There, Their, They’re Joe; it’ll be okay . . .

  7. Fred

    To me the funniest part of this letter is that Dan Mason “is as libertarian as anyone” that Richard Burke knows. Looking at Mason’s website it is hard to find any strong views about anything. It is mostly typical politician soundbites of good jobs, education, etc… with out any real stances. but it certainly isn’t promoting any specifically libertarian ideas.
    The issues page link is below:

    http://www.danmasonfororegon.com/issues/invitation/
    Which leads with a line about giving incentives to businesses, and ends talking about making sure we have enough funding for specific government services.

    On his page he comes across as a moderate Republican not a Libertarian (not even a Republican with Libertarian leanings) More Bob Dole than Gary Johnson.

    Of course with a little more digging one could discover that he is also endorsed by the Oregon Right to Life. He has no history or record of promoting current social issues such as legalization of marijuana, gay rights, or free speech issues. He has no involvement in any anti-war or anti-spying campaigns.

    So, while he may have some “libertarian” leanings he must keep them well hidden and its sad to think that Richard Burke thinks Mason is as Libertarian as anyone he knows in the Libertarian Party.

    What does that tell you?

  8. Michael H. Wilson

    As I recall Mr. Burke is a former alternate to the national committee and he was asked to resign from that position because of an issue with someone in the national office. A minor scandal.

  9. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I was surprised that he said he’d been on the national committee. And is he really the current chair of a county?

  10. Wes Wagner

    Not sure. I know that no one has asked us to post any events for Washington County in over 4 years.

  11. paulie

    I was surprised that he said he’d been on the national committee.

    Yes, he’s been on the LNC.

    And is he really the current chair of a county?

    I guess the “Reeves faction” has their own county chairs.

  12. paulie

    As I recall Mr. Burke is a former alternate to the national committee and he was asked to resign from that position because of an issue with someone in the national office. A minor scandal.

    I vaguely remember something like that, but not the details.

  13. Fred

    Yes,
    The Reeves group still has county affiliates– they disaffiliated all the counties who didn’t initially submit to their authority .
    The LPO doesn’t have any official county structure. Libertarians are encouraged to organize in whatever local capacity that makes sense for their area, but they don’t need to go through a county official to be represented by the LPO or be recognized as a candidate.

  14. Wes Wagner

    My guess? more than half of what will get returned has already been returned and that turnout will be lower than normal.

  15. Wes Wagner

    Yeah the governor’s race is a snoozer, there are no giant tax issues, the senate race is a snoozer, and the legalization of marijuana measure just really is not a big GOTV campaign either.

    I expect very low turnout compared to say 2010 when the Dudley Kitz campaign was going on.

  16. paulie

    the legalization of marijuana measure just really is not a big GOTV campaign either.

    Unfortunate, and unfortunately not unexpected.

  17. Fred

    Why do you expect that this gubernatorial race would have lower turnout Wes?
    Is it because its not as close?
    Dudley was certainly a more moderate candidate than Richardson and Kitzhaber didn’t have the current issues in policy or fiance back then–so it wasn’t like there was as much negative voting.

    Perhaps people really become more engaged in electing candidates when the focus isn’t on negatives and they can really vote based on issues?

  18. Bob Tiernan

    Paulie: “I vaguely remember something like that, but not the details.”

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    Hmmmm, that must be the time when he used his flirting mode to get close to a girl in the front office in DC who then helped
    him to get into the donor database to get names of various big donors.

    As for the spelling error, it was noticed long ago that Burke was lazt and sloppy reharding many, many aspects of political party work.

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    Bob T

  19. Wes Wagner

    The Oregon Republican Party is officially against Measure 90. So is the Democratic Party of Oregon.

  20. Richard P. Burke

    Greetings, and Happy Halloween to All of You.

    Our position on the legitimacy of Mr. Wagner’s nominees is well known and has been consistent over time. As they were not nominated in accordance with the governing documents approved by LPO members at properly noticed conventions, we have never regarded them as valid.

    Mr. Markley could have participated in our properly noticed and advertised candidate nominating convention, but chose not to. Had Mr. Markley done so, he would have received our nomination and provided us at least a moral basis upon which to actively support him. Incidentally, we did not endorse Mason either.

    More significantly, Mr. Markley is a supporter of Mr. Wagner’s actions of 3/31/11, which nobody has disputed were in violation of the LPO Constitution and Bylaws. Only the state now keeps Mr. Wagner’s house of cards up, specifically the Sec. of State’s unwritten policy of following the lead of the “Chair of Record” on 3/31/11. Were this policy ever to be changed, all of the dominos would fall against Mr. Wager – including the ambiguous Judicial Committee ruling written by Mr. Sarwark which has impeded the six LNC actions which declared Mr. Wagner’s actions to be invalid.

    In all, given that Mr. Markley supports co-opting the state to achieve a political goal and supports usurping rules voluntarily adopted by members in properly noticed conventions, how can we expect that he would support and defend the Constitution, or act as a libertarian, once elected to public office? It should therefore surprise noone that we would not support Mr. Markley.

    No let’s discuss why I supported Mr. Mason.

    I have known Mr. Mason – apart from politics – for over five years. He is the general manager of my apartment complex and has been since before his first run for office in 2012. I know his wife Jackie. I’ve been impressed by how he interacts with people. Over time I came to regard him as a small-l libertarian. I think he would score about 80-80 on the Nolan chart. And his legitimacy on the ballot would not be in question.

    What’s more, Mr. Mason is open to working with the LPO in drafting and advancing legislation that promotes liberty, and I believe that my personal relationship with him would assure some level of access to him and his staff. So given my inability to support Markley, the decision to support Mason was a no-brainer.

    The Republican Party had nothing to do with it. Skeptics will remain skeptical.

    What surprises me is that Wagner supporters are so willing to gloss over the fact that Mr. Wagner has no less than 17 Republicans on his slate, many of whom have records indicating they are less libertarian than Mason. I am sure that had our slate included 17 Republicans instead of Wagner’s, this would have been presented as evidence of a Republican conspiracy.

    Which brings up an interesting point…

    Mr. Wagner and his supporters have facilitated placing more Republicans on the Libertarian slate than anyone in LPO history. Can anyone name another state LP candidate slate featuring 17 Republicans in party history??? Additional Republicans appeared on his slate in 2012. Sure, I support fusion voting, but Mr. Wagner has created a Republican cross-nominating machine for which he would condemn any of us.

    Mr. Wagner also came very close to getting away with usurping the voluntarily adopted rules of LPO members.

    If I were the type that went for black helicopter conspiracy theories, I would suggest that Mr. Wagner has done more to disrupt and dilute the Libertarian Party – and it’s slate of candidates – than any GOP leadership star chamber could dream of. Were our roles reversed, I have no doubt that Mr. Wagner would accuse me of exactly that.

    Richard P. Burke

  21. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Sorry, Burke–FAIL! You’ve been caught endorsing a Republican over a Libertarian candidate. Nuff said.

  22. Richard P. Burke

    I am interested in ideology over party and I don’t think that Kyle upholds libertarian principles in practice for reasons stated above. Nuff said. 😉

    Incidentally, what is your opinion of the 17 Republicans on Mr. Wagner’s slate?

    Richard P. Burke

  23. Wes Wagner

    It is not my slate. Believe me there are plenty of people on it I disagree with. It is the slate of the registered libertarians of Oregon. Complain to them when you are not busy trying to suppress them with the assistance of the GOP rather than converse with them and reach understanding.

    97% of them said they didn’t want the system you want to impose on them. That makes you a tyrant regardless of any appeals to law, right or not right.

  24. Richard P. Burke

    Mr. Wagner,

    Au contraire – It is absolutely your slate as it came into being through the governing documents you and your friends wrote instead of the governing documents approved by members in properly noticed conventions.

    The election you referred to had many of the characteristics of a communist party election, which is why we did not participate in it. The only legitimate way to change the bylaws would have been to do according to our governing documents, it in a special or odd-year business convention, where those who participate would have subscribed to the statement of non-aggression and had made an investment in the organization.

    You call me a tyrant, but it was you who attempted to pull a coup because you believed, as was caught on tape, that you would never get the required votes in convention. You co-opted and continue to co-opt the state in achieving your political goals. You continue to hold that your beliefs put your actions above the law (at least the LPO governing documents) and this is practically the very definition of a tyrant.

    Richard P. Burke

  25. Wes Wagner

    When you liberate people from slavery, you do not become accountable for their choices just because you ended one form of oppression and failed to institute another.

  26. Wes Wagner

    It was an analogy to render obvious the fallacious underpinning of your argument of asserting that one person is responsible for the actions of another because they changed the constructional circumstances of a relationship held between one in an authoritative position over another.

    You are too much of a statist to understand that the average libertarian in Oregon can, in fact, be accountable for their choices.

  27. Richard P. Burke

    Nice try to avoid responsibility. When you stop co-opting the force of the state to achieve political goals within the LPO, I will pay more attention to who you label as a “statist”.

  28. Wes Wagner

    Using parliamentary trickery, perversion of the law and the state to try to maintain a non-consensual relationship with the vast vast majority of the libertarians in this state (who have rejected you on so many levels now it is legendary) and then accusing your victims… well that is just plain sad, and almost everyone sees it for what it is except the tiny handful of very sick-minded people you have who surround you.

    There are reasons your group is so tiny — and most people comprehend it.

  29. Wes Wagner

    In 2014, the Libertarian Party of Oregon Misc Committee (heretoforcalled Burke”LPO”MiscPAC), has collected $617.00 in cash contributions.

    Of the cash received by Burke”LPO”MiscPAC:
    1715984 View Transaction 04/30/2014 Original Libertarian Party of Oregon Miscellaneous Cash Contributions $100 and under Cash Contribution $50.00
    1705000 View Transaction 04/15/2014 Original Libertarian Party of Oregon Miscellaneous Cash Contributions $100 and under Cash Contribution $50.00
    1704997 View Transaction 03/24/2014 Original Libertarian Party of Oregon Miscellaneous Cash Contributions $100 and under Cash Contribution $180.00
    1704996 View Transaction 03/18/2014 Original Libertarian Party of Oregon Miscellaneous Cash Contributions $100 and under Cash Contribution $175.00
    1704972 View Transaction 03/15/2014 Original Libertarian Party of Oregon Timothy L Reeves Cash Contribution $162.00

    (One transaction is the $50 dues check that David Terry bounced and had to be credited back. I can’t see if he ever paid dues again after that for certain)

    All the march transactions appear to be related to their “convention” – since there are not items “sold for fair market value” (that now assumes the value of their convention was $0 by literally interpretation of campaign finance law — don’t worry I won’t disagree with that via a campaign finance complaint. We can agree it was $0)

    We therefor have what appears to be 2 dues payments, one of which bounced. So Burke”LPO”MiscPAC has one “non lifetime” member who paid dues this year.

    Wow.

  30. Wes Wagner

    Amounts from a single contributor in a year over 100 have to be reported as individual and not aggregated.

  31. Bob Tiernan

    Burke: “When you stop co-opting the force of the state to achieve political goals within the LPO, I will pay more attention to who you label as a ‘statist’ .”

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    — Do you really think many people care what you pay attention to?

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    B. Tiernan

  32. Bob Tiernan

    Burke: “Nice try to avoid responsibility”

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    Hey, that reminds me. Speaking of your sloppy typos. remember when you and your idiot friends spent good money on a large banner for your county party it it came back with the word “reponsibility”, with that first S missing? Yeah, blame it on the sign makers I guess, but it happens so often on your side. The sign maker was probably one of your friends.

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    B. Tiernan

  33. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I found it amusing that he didn’t try to refute my paragraph re: the history of the dispute and where they are now. Clearly, he must realize my description is right.

  34. Joe

    Once the legal battle is utterly over — after the SCOTUS rejects an appeal I suppose — what are the chances that these folk will support libertarians in Oregon? Join forces? Repent and openly support “the other side?” Or will they, I wonder, then join the liberty caucus inside the RP?

    I realize this is years or decades away, but here at IPR we do prophesy and we do it right!

  35. Wes Wagner

    Indeed… Kyle ran a great campaign 🙂 I asked him for the PDFs of his mailers so I could circulate them to other states since they obviously did well.

  36. Josh

    I would hardly say that Mason lost “Big” his campaign worked harder than the Democratic campaign and CLEARLY harder then Markley. At the end of the day it’s become evidently clear that regardless of our initiative, our voice will continue NOT to be heard having this guy continually running each election cycle. He brought out the same votes as he did last year and yet did nothing more or less then previous campaigns. Being a Liberal and a registered one, I voted for Mason considering he actually sounded like he gave a shit, rather than pointed me to a website where my emails went unanswered and events he refused to show up to. I was willing to give him a chance considering he gave it a second run but if Kyle wants anyone to take him serious, he ought to actually attempt to do a little work in order for him to actually orchestrate a win. Even better, stop running and find a different Liberal that actually wants to put forth the effort to defeat a D or R. It’s worthless for all of us as Liberals to bother voting for candidates like this other then to steal away other votes..personally while the concept makes sense, it does nothing other then keep the same rep in a seat where nothing was done for 2 years…proving chances are, nothing will be done for 2 more years. Markley could have put forth an effort and actually made a difference in this election..instead he talks a big game on his website but does nothing more aside from working at a huge corporation and then state he doesn’t support huge tax breaks…get a new job buddy…you aren’t on board for where you work…perhaps you need to stop being a walking contradiction.

  37. paulie

    his campaign worked harder than the Democratic campaign and CLEARLY harder then Markley.

    Please explain how or why that is clear. If it’s based only on results, the Democrat worked harder. If you acknowledge that results may not reflect how hard a candidate worked, nothing is clear unless you make it so.

    At the end of the day it’s become evidently clear that regardless of our initiative, our voice will continue NOT to be heard having this guy continually running each election cycle.

    Another confusing statement. How does someone running prevent your voice from being heard? It sounds like the sort of inane thing only the most thoroughly brainwashed Democrats and Republicans say, oblivious to how ridiculous it sounds. I can’t imagine how that could even begin to make sense, but maybe you could explain.

    Being a Liberal and a registered one,

    Didn’t know there was a Liberal party in Oregon. A libertarian would know the difference between liberal and libertarian, if that’s what you meant. My BS detector is going off here.

    I voted for Mason considering he actually sounded like he gave a shit,

    Kyle Markley’s response letter sounds like he gives a shit.

    Even better, stop running and find a different Liberal that actually wants to put forth the effort to defeat a D or R.

    There’s that L word again. The wrong one. Again. It doesn’t mean what you seem to think it means.

    It’s worthless for all of us as Liberals to bother voting for candidates like this other then to steal away other votes..

    I don’t know exactly what you Liberals are all about. Uncapitalized “liberals” are usually people who vote for Democrats and Progressives. Libertarians on the other hand vote for Libertarians.

    then to steal away other votes.

    Do you work for Diebold? If not, please explain the mechanism you use to steal votes.

    Markley could have put forth an effort and actually made a difference in this election..

    Clearly he did. So much so that you are still talking about it afterwards.

    instead he talks a big game on his website but does nothing more aside from working at a huge corporation and then state he doesn’t support huge tax breaks…

    He has a right to his opinions, and to make a living. If it bothers his employer they could fire him, although then they might have a lawsuit to contend with.

    perhaps you need to stop being a walking contradiction.

    Perhaps you need to do a better job if you try to impersonate a libertarian online in the future, starting with learning the difference between liberals and libertarians. Time to study up, or you may be the one looking for a new job. Speaking of which, I thought those kinds of jobs disappeared immediately after the polls close?

  38. Kyle Markley

    Josh,

    “rather than pointed me to a website where my emails went unanswered and events he refused to show up to”

    I don’t think I have any e-mails from you. I checked the e-mail link on my website and it looks correct to me. If you attempted to send me messages, please resend them, and make sure they go to kyle -at- kylemarkley.org

    What event(s) do you accuse me of refusing to show up to? I declined the Willamette Week interview and the Fair Shot forum, but I think that’s all. I was “disinvited” to the Washington County Public Affairs Forum in a rescheduling mixup — they forgot to tell me the new date. (They claimed that they contacted me through a form on my website, but my website doesn’t even have any forms.)

  39. paulie

    Sounds like either a NSGOP shill who didn’t know his job ended with the election, a very early start on shilling for 2016 (seems unlikely), or perhaps a personal grudge of some sort perhas related to work. Doesn’t know what the party he is registered with is called? Come on.

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