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:
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.
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.
Chairperson, Libertarian Party of Oregon
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.