LP Nevada: “Press Conference Tomorrow Introducing Celebrity Candidates & the Largest Announcement in Libertarian Party History!”


Press Release from the Libertarian Party of Nevada:

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, January 7, 2016– The Libertarian Party of Nevada (LPNevada), the fastest growing political party, providing common sense solutions to major issues announces Press Conference during the 2016 Consumers and electronics show.

What: 

The Libertarian Party of Nevada will host a press conference tomorrow, January 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM, to introduce celebrity candidates John McAfee and Dennis Hof AND also make the largest announcement in the history of the Libertarian Party! This will be the first official Press Conference for John McAfee since he announced he is running for the Libertarian Party nomination for President. Dennis Hof’s exploratory committee has determined which office Mr. Hof will run for and will announce at the Press Conference. Additionally, the Libertarian Party of Nevada has news that will make waves throughout the national political community!

When:

Friday, January 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Where:

Libertarian Party of Nevada Headquarters
1771 E. Flamingo Road
Suite 201 A
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Media + Press Information

Please confirm your attendance in advance by emailing media@lpnevada.org. If you have any special needs contact our media team. If you intend on filming the event space available is on a first-come first-served basis. Media and press are encouraged to show up early to setup. LPNevada will help to arrange interviews with all participants upon request.

Libertarian Party of Nevada Media + Press Contacts:

Jay Layman, Communications Director
Direct:  785.274.9369
jay.layman@lpnevada.org

Brett H. Pojunis, Chairman
Direct:  702.763.9301
brett.pojunis@lpnevada.org

Jason Weinman, Outreach Director
Direct: 702.763.9302
jason.weinman@LPNevada.org

About The Libertarian Party of Nevada

The Libertarian Party is the third largest and the fastest growing political party in the America. Millions of Americans voted for Libertarian Party candidates in past elections since the Libertarian Party offers a viable alternative to the broken 2 party system in America. Libertarians believe the answer to America’s political problems are embracing a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to personal freedom and civil liberties that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of free trade, non-intervention, and peace as intended by America’s founders.

To learn more about the LPNevada, visit www.LPNevada.org. Please follow LPNevada www.twitter.com/lpnevada and Like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lpnevada.

WHEN
January 08, 2016 at 2pm – 4pm
WHERE
Libertarian Party of Nevada HQ
1771 E Flamingo Rd
Suite 201 A
Las Vegas, NV 89119
United States
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Jay Layman · jay.layman@lpnevada.org · 785.274.9369

80 thoughts on “LP Nevada: “Press Conference Tomorrow Introducing Celebrity Candidates & the Largest Announcement in Libertarian Party History!”

  1. Andy Craig Post author

    Celebrity brothel owner, to make a long story short. He had some reality TV show and is fairly well known (and somewhat controversial) in Nevada.

    My guess: Hof goes for a lower office than Senate, maybe state legislature. Otherwise no need to hedge about which office.

    The surprise “biggest ever” announcement? Given the “celebrity candidates” theme, I’m guessing it’s Jesse Ventura for McAfee’s running mate. Only thing I can think of that would make much sense. Either that or some other big name has signed up to be McAfee’s running mate.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    I’ll be interested in seeing who the question mark celebrity is.

    No disrespect to Pojunis, but an announcement that he’s running for chair wouldn’t qualify as “the largest announcement in LP history” to my mind, unless maybe he’s having it sky-written in very large letters over Vegas or something.

  3. jedziggler

    I’ll say the big announcement is Penn Jillette running for something, but that’s just a wild guess.

  4. steve m

    Because of the the libertarian civil war in Oregon… and the miss-use of their influence that the LNC has had… The LNC is disbanding and disaffiliating with all state parties. The LNC is joining the announcement to say that Wes Wagner will be appointed interim chair of the LNC in order to over see its dissolution.

    Wes responded by shooting a bird.

  5. Stewart Flood

    The Nevada LP probably is endorsing McAfee. Remember, this is the same state chair who did the “Double the LP greatest announcement, etc.” and we got what…10 new members by the end of it?

  6. Andy

    Ideally, the major announcement will be that a very wealthy person who is at least a fairly solid libertarian, has decided to join the party, and start pumping some real money into it.

  7. Stewart Flood

    That would be a great announcement. And of course Pojunis is using it to stage a campaign for chair. I’ll never vote for him.

  8. paulie

    https://www.facebook.com/officialmcafee/posts/555300491292802

    John Mcafee
    4 hrs ·

    I have it on good authority that Morgan Freeman is considering a bid for U S. President under the Libertarian Party banner. I also, under good authority, have heard that Vin Diesel will be his running mate. If this comes to pass, then I beg all of my supporters to throw their weight behind this team, as I myself will do. Beyond myself, I know of no two more capable people than this team.

    If it does not come to pass, then I will stay the course, as there are no other viable options for America.

  9. Shivany Lane

    McAfee had a running mate when he was running under the Cyber Party. Did that change?
    Maybe Sheldon Adelson will fund John

  10. Jill Pyeatt

    I wondered about Jesse Ventura, also, but given Weinman’s involvement with the Libertarian Gullible Caucus, I can’t imagine he’d allow one of the biggest mouths in conspiracy theories to be honored in such a way.

    Since I’m talking about absurdities, maybe Wayne Allyn Root has decided to join the party again!

  11. Jill Pyeatt

    Has Morgan Freeman identified as a Libertarian before?

    An announcement from him would certainly bring attention to us. I just hope it’s good attention.

  12. Andy

    Kurt Russell recently publicly re-affirmed that he is a libertarian. Maybe he had decided to join the LP.

    Penn & Teller have both said that they are libertarians, and the both live in the Las Vegas metro area, where they perform regularly. Maybe they have decided to join the LP.

  13. Chuck Moulton

    paulie wrote:

    John Mcafee wrote:

    I have it on good authority that Morgan Freeman is considering a bid for U S. President under the Libertarian Party banner.

    Bullshit.

    There was a controversy a few years ago about a campaign ad that purported to be voiced by Freeman for a Republican candidate with strong libertarian leanings. Freeman was very angry about it and made clear he doesn’t support such politics.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/ben-smith/2010/11/morgan-freeman-i-never-recorded-campaign-ad-030447

    I like Morgan Freeman’s acting a lot, but I’ve seen no signs he leans libertarian except for his strong support for legalizing marijuana.

  14. Stewart Flood

    And it would be the start and end of his campaign. No one would vote for a candidate for chair who promoted his announcement as the greatest ever.

    Pojunis isn’t THAT stupid…

  15. Andy Craig Post author

    Still shorter than they one they put on it.

    And, your distaste for LSN aside, I agree Ventura is unlikely and that LPNV would be even less likely to be involved in promoting him (though I can see McAfee going for it). Just a stab-in-the-dark guess.

    Another possibility: an elected-officeholder in NV will switch parties. I don’t know Nevada politicos well enough to know if there are any decent possibilities for that. Maybe a state legislator? That wouldn’t be unprecedented, though. Statewide office-holder, maybe? Didn’t the Secretary of State speak at LPEX?

  16. Andy

    It would have to be a big name Democrat or Republican switching to the LP to qualify as “biggest announcement in the history of the LP” or whatever. A state legislator doesn’t cut it.

  17. Andy Craig Post author

    Technically, a State Senator would be higher-ranking than any other past LP state legislator, including the party-switchers, who unless I’m mistake were all ln their state’s lower-house. But that’s a pretty hair-splitting distinction.

    I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. Whatever it is should be interesting.

  18. Andy

    State Senator still does not cut it for an announcement that is supposed to be the biggest ever, in my opinion.

  19. Caryn Ann Harlos

    I have to say though I really cringe at the terminology of “celebrity candidates.”

    Tired of the cult of celebrity.

  20. Michael H. Wilson

    Celebratarians is kind cute. Better than No-No tarians who predominate in some areas.

  21. Andy

    John McAfee has a good sense of humor, so the thing about Morgan Freeman could be a joke. It would be cool if Morgan Freeman has converted to Libertarian and decided to run for office though.

  22. paulie

    John McAfee has a good sense of humor, so the thing about Morgan Freeman could be a joke. It would be cool if Morgan Freeman has converted to Libertarian and decided to run for office though.

    Maybe, but only if he has also converted on issues and not only party. And yes, it could be a joke. Or it could be real, in which case we’ll see whether Freeman has adopted the larger libertarian philosophy or not. Or it could be that McAfee is taking things as being serious which should not be, and sources as being “good authority” which should never be taken that way.

  23. Stewart Flood

    They’re in Vegas, so do they mean 2AM or 2PM for the press conference? The entire Libertarian community is [yawn] waiting to hear the “Largest Announcement in Libertarian Party History!”

    We’ve got wagers going on it being Pojunis outing himself as a GOP spy — long suspected by many.

  24. Jason smith

    Been a while since visiting this site…probably because of the nonsense I just read from Stewart and moulton. The lp nevada has done a helluva lot the past few years and the whining and personal barbs at Brett make me think he has made a lot of non active libertarians look like ineffectual blowhards. Just a couple hours more, then you can huddle up and compare this announcement to other things that other people have done, but know that whatever this announcement is is exponentially more impressive than what the butthurt blowhards have ever done for the lp. I, by the way, hated the choice of the word “celebrity” as well, but after 2 pm, it is more about getting libertarians elected and shaping policy than it is about comparing accomplishments, nit picking purity or lp national pissing contests. I never tell people to check out ipr for lp info or for perspectives because it is usually the worst our ideology has to offer…belly aching malcontents tearing down others. But I will check back after 2 to see how you girls will gossip and bicker about the announcement.

    Jason Smith
    LP nevada vice chair

  25. Jill Pyeatt

    Jason Smith, vp of Nevada LP said: ” But I will check back after 2 to see how you girls will gossip and bicker about the announcement.”

    Apparently, Jason thinks calling people “girls” is some kind of terrible insult–

  26. Chuck Moulton

    Jason Smith wrote:

    Been a while since visiting this site…probably because of the nonsense I just read from Stewart and moulton. The lp nevada has done a helluva lot the past few years and the whining and personal barbs at Brett make me think he has made a lot of non active libertarians look like ineffectual blowhards.

    The LP Nevada has done some great things, yes. But Brett repeatedly has overpromised and underdelivered. His actual results have been fine, so it is a mystery why he continues to overpromise. Experience has taught me not to trust his promises. That’s just common sense.

    Even if I were a glutton for punishment and wasn’t phased by being repeatedly disappointed, it would still be a good idea to criticize Brett’s overpromising — not to set reasonable enthusiasm expectations for myself, but rather to punish such behavior and provide a disincentive to future overpromising.

    As for your allegation that Brett’s contributions to the LP dwarf all his critics, I am quite certain my activism over the years has exceeded his and find your ignorance of that fact nothing more than evidence you lack perception of what’s going on in the rest of the country.

  27. Michael H. Wilson

    Jason Smith that was painful. I’ll get my crying towel and go to the crying closet now. I’m in such pain.

  28. Jill Pyeatt

    What about me, Michael Wilson? I’ve had to put up with being one of the dreaded “girls” my entire life now–

    I’ve been crying, too, since I read Jason’s scathing words.

  29. Andy

    This is a good thing, and it is big news, but I don’t know if it qualifies for being the biggest announcement in the history of the LP.

  30. Thomas L. Knapp

    Great news indeed.

    As far as it being “biggest announcement in LP history,” well, that depends on how you define “big.”

    If my math is correct, each member of the Nevada assembly purportedly represents more than 67,500 people.

    The LP has had state legislators in New Hampshire; those legislators each purportedly represent about 3,000 people.

    In Alaska, where we’ve also had a couple, they purportedly represent about 18,500 people each.

    So in terms of elected state legislative office, I consider this a big announcement indeed.

    Apparently the party’s likely presidential nominee thought it was a pretty big deal, too, that he’d want to be present for it.

  31. Wang Tang-Fu

    Apparently the party’s likely presidential nominee thought it was a pretty big deal, too, that he’d want to be present for it.

    So Morgan Freeman really was there after all?

  32. Stewart Flood

    Far from the biggest announcement. Actually electing candidates to a state house seat, which has been done before, is certainly bigger.

    But I hope they re-elect him when his seat is up again.

  33. Jill Pyeatt

    Ah-oh, sounds like there was some drama at the event. A FB friend posted this:

    Mark Elworth Jr.
    1 min

    “I went to this John Mcafee guys announcement for President for the Libertarian Party and he kick my butt out to the curb so freaking hard.

    I stood out on the street corner and held up LP signs before the event. Then I went inside to the start of the event. And I met with some LP Nevada people and they checked out my credentials and they let me go in to the event. Then John came in with entourage and they all wanted to know who I was, but they didn’t have time to listen and freaked on me in front of the media. I told these assholes in front of the whole media(which was really small) that this was bullshit. My gf said thanks for treating the grassroots candidates like this. They freaked and I left, I told them all the ould GO FUCK THEMSELVES and I’d be letting the delegates know how he treats the LP candidates and member. This guy is just a rich asshole stuck on himself. He is not a Libertarian.

    He is just a rich assholo looking for some Limelight, please nobody give him any attention.

    Thank You, Mark Elworth Jr, potential 2016 LP VP Candidate and a member of the working poor and a common man.”

  34. Stewart Flood

    Unfortunately, this is what we can probably expect from McAfee and company. I’m not sure why someone would need “credentials” to get into a press conference to watch. That seems quite un-libertarian to me.

  35. Thomas L. Knapp

    I’ll be interested to learn what actually happened there.

    Stewart, if you don’t understand why someone would need “credentials” to get into a press conference, I guess I have to ask if “credentials” or “press conference” is the term you don’t understand.

  36. Stewart Flood

    I’ve run press conferences for candidates many times. Unless you’re a sitting office holder, credentials are never checked. You want bodies in the room, which includes the general public if you’ve got space. It does not sound like they had a full room.

  37. Stewart Flood

    And even if you are in office, I’ve seen numerous press conferences over the years where they didn’t bother to ask who people were.

  38. Stewart Flood

    The question, of course, is why McAfee would have standing to question who is present at a press conference he’s attending to watch. And where were his press credentials, or his entourage’s?

  39. Thomas L. Knapp

    “The question, of course, is why McAfee would have standing to question who is present at a press conference he’s attending to watch. And where were his press credentials, or his entourage’s?”

    Well, no, the first question is: What actually happened?

    I have a guess as to what the answer might beThat guess differs considerably from Mr. Elworth’s version of events recounted above although it is partly informed by said version. But I’ll wait to hear other accounts.

  40. Stewart Flood

    Agreed: what actually happened? This will be the story that makes or breaks McAfee’s campaign. Actual political positions have no bearing in a Presidential race. Just who you push around. 🙂

  41. Stewart Flood

    Agreed. Note the smile above. 🙂

    I’m still not aware of what McAfee’s campaign will be doing. We (our state party) have been contacted by a few of the candidates, but not by McAfee. My guess is that with 14 delegates, we’ll be the lowest priority to most of the candidates.

  42. Thomas L. Knapp

    Well, I’m not a campaign insider, but I suspect you may be wrong.

    This Nevada event establishes that he is willing to campaign in person rather than going with the “cyber only” approach he had touted for the “Cyber Party.”

    I have it on good authority that he’s planning to attend at least some state conventions, and I have direct knowledge of some planning (or at least informational inquiry) for non-convention events.

    South Carolina may only have 14 delegates, but it’s close enough to the national convention venue that it’s likely to fill all 14 of its seats. If he has the money and the time, and if perhaps other candidates lack one or the other, he might very well want to be the candidate who came and talked to those 14 delegates when others didn’t.

  43. Chuck Moulton

    Stewart Flood wrote:

    We (our state party) have been contacted by a few of the candidates, but not by McAfee. My guess is that with 14 delegates, we’ll be the lowest priority to most of the candidates.

    Tom Knapp wrote:

    South Carolina may only have 14 delegates, but it’s close enough to the national convention venue that it’s likely to fill all 14 of its seats.

    Exactly. I was just about to comment what Tom said.

  44. Michael H. Wilson

    We will see what happens when and if this elected Libertarian runs for office again. That will be interesting.

  45. Marc Allan Feldman

    This is an elected Libertarian:
    “Richard L. “Dick” Randolph (born April 10, 1936) is a longtime insurance agency owner in Fairbanks, Alaska who is best known as the first person to be elected to partisan office under the banner of the Libertarian Party with his election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1978. He was re-elected in 1980. He was instrumental in the repeal of the state income tax and saving the Alaska Permanent Fund, through effective use of the initiative process. He was also the LP’s gubernatorial nominee in 1982, garnering nearly 15 percent of the vote.”

  46. LG-NV

    I doubt veryseriously that the guy , who was just chillin , would have been thrown out just for being there. Im guessing , GUESSING, he tried to confront him , and/or made an ass of himself

  47. Thomas L. Knapp

    Nope, haven’t seen anything more about it. That Facebook post referenced above got a couple of “geez, McAfee must be an asshole” replies, but didn’t seem to take off into any big deal.

    I’ve run enough political events in my life to understand sensitivity to the possibility that someone — say, a former Green Party member who ran as a Libertarian in Nebraska, then for some reason showed up at my press conference in Nevada, and who refers to himself as a potential candidate for vice-president — might be there to exploit, or even hijack, someone else’s event.

    Is that what happened, or possibly what was perceived to be happening even if it wasn’t happening? If I was forced to place a bet on the matter, that’s where my money would go. But I honestly don’t know.

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