This letter was sent to the members of the Libertarian National Committee today by M Carling, the current chairman of the Judicial Committee of the Libertarian Party.
Libertarian Party Judicial Committee
Oct 15, 2015
To whom it may concern:
The dispute between factions of the Libertarian Party of Oregon has never been a question of which organization is the affiliate of the Libertarian National Committee. The question has always been who are the officers of the Libertarian Party of Oregon. This has been stipulated by both factions during litigation.
This dispute arose because the group of officers whose terms ended in 2011 refused to hand power to those who were elected in 2011. The outgoing Chairperson and Treasurer, Messrs. Wagner and Vetanen, filed false statements with the Secretary of State of Oregon to remain in power. Determination of the officers of a state affiliate is simple, if not easy. Just as the Libertarian National Committee did in the case of Oregon in 1995 and 2011, it is a two step process of first reviewing minutes of conventions to determine the operative bylaws of the affiliate and then reviewing minutes of conventions and other meetings to determine who was elected in accordance with the bylaws in effect at the time.
The bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Oregon, like those of most, if not all, of our state affiliates,
provide that they may be amended only by a vote of the members assembled in convention. The bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Oregon were amended in 2009 and in 2013. They were not and could not have been amended in 2011 because the 2011 convention failed to meet the minimum quorum requirement, which had been made difficult but not impossible to meet by a bylaw amendment written and pushed through by Mr. Wagner.
When the 2011 convention adjourned without having met quorum and thus without having transacted any business, the State Committee met as required by the bylaws and elected Mr. Reeves et al. to fill the four officer positions, all of which had become vacant upon the expiration of their terms at the close of convention.
Officers of the national Libertarian Party who empower persons as officers of an affiliate other than those who were elected by the members of the state affiliate are abridging the autonomy of the state affiliate in violation of Article 6.5 of the bylaws of the national Libertarian Party.
A simple but painstaking review of the minutes unambiguously shows that Mr. Epstein is the
Chairperson of the Libertarian Party of Oregon, the very same Libertarian Party of Oregon recognized by the Secretary State of Oregon as committee ID number 622.
Chairman, Judicial Committee of the (US) Libertarian Party
Lars Hedbor, the current chairman of the Libertarian Party of Oregon as recognized by the Secretary of State, responded, and provided a document supporting his view.
This question has already been considered and rejected by the Oregon Secretary of State, more than four years ago (see attached).
As the Libertarian Party of Oregon is an entity of the State of Oregon (and the Libertarian voters of Oregon), and not the LNC, this argument is completely baseless. I ask you to stop wasting everyone’s time by continuing to flog this long-dead horse.
– Lars D. H. Hedbor
Chair, Libertarian Party of Oregon
Wes Wagner, the immediate past chair of the LPO as recognized by the SOS, provided this document:
Much of the background on the latest developments of this saga can be read here .
The writers at IPR will update this story if anything further develops.