UPDATED: Marc Allan Feldman to announce running mate for Libertarian VP nomination

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“I am preparing to offer my choice for the VP slot. Announcement soon.” – Marc Allan Feldman

The Libertarian nomination for Vice President is decided on a separate vote, using the same procedure as, and following, the Presidential nomination. In the past, some Libertarian Presidential candidates have endorsed a candidate for Vice President, and some have chosen to leave the choice to the delegates without stating a preference. The Libertarian National Convention will be held May 26-30 in Orlando.

Update: Feldman’s suggestion, was apparently not a serious one, or at least not a running mate who has actually agreed to the job.

40 thoughts on “UPDATED: Marc Allan Feldman to announce running mate for Libertarian VP nomination

  1. Andy Craig Post author

    Just like every other announcement in politics. 😉

    The fact that he intends to name one, and this early, was interesting enough to me. YMMV.

  2. Wes Wagner

    He still has not requested to be on the Oregon ballot, which will probably be the largest marker of who rank and file libertarians would like to see as their candidate before Orlando. Our primary will go out to over 18,000 registered voters and likely yield more than 2000 responses.

  3. Wes Wagner

    Barbara “Miss Joy” Waymire

    Darryl W. Perry

    Derrick Michael Reid

    Rhett Smith

    Deadline is late April, shortly before ballots go to the printer for mail out.

  4. Wes Wagner

    Also if someone has a campaign address for Johnson… please let me know. I have not sent notice to his campaign.

    Also if you have candidates you are stumping for, please let them know. I have sent notice to the various campaign addresses on all of the websites for all the candidates listed on the LNC page, but I fear that those addresses might not get monitored well.

  5. Jed Ziggler

    I would be happy to accept if Mr. Feldman offered me his running mate slot. While I’m not constitutionally eligible to serve as vice president, I’d do at least as good a job as Joe Biden.

  6. Wang Tang-Fu

    Chairman Sarwark,

    A thousand apologies for my poor English, but my translation program is not finding any context in which your question above,

    “A gay fish?”

    Makes any sense. Please explain if there is some context I am missing or if perhaps I am trying to translate from the wrong language.

  7. George Phillies

    If he is using the same campaign manager, the history of his campaign finances need to be written up ASAP.

  8. Chuck Moulton

    The chances I would support Feldman for the nomination just dropped from “very unlikely” to “zero”. Even if he started accepting real donations (instead of a $5 cap) and agreed to actually campaign (instead of keeping his day job, only traveling / interacting with media on the weekends), this sort of behavior shows he is an embarrassment to the LP and not worthy of consideration.

    This is like proposing marriage on national television: sweet and romantic if you’re proposing to a longtime girlfriend who you’re pretty sure will say yes, creepy and cringe-worthy if you’re proposing to a woman who has no idea who you are.

    That Feldman wouldn’t know he’s supposed to find out whether a possible running mate is interested before extending a public invitation shows that his political knowledge and instincts are horrible. It provides an open opportunity for the person invited to trash the LP — to the detriment of the presidential candidate(s), down ticket candidates, and activists who have worked hard for years to build up the Party. It’s amateur hour.

    On the other hand, part of the blame lies with Andy Craig, who took Feldman seriously enough to write up this article based on an announcement of a future announcement. Hopefully IPR writers and LP members will heed that lesson and not take Feldman seriously in the future.

    The North Carolina LP and other state affiliates would be well advised not to extend debate invitations to Feldman so other (serious) candidates will have more time to articulate their positions.

  9. Andy Craig Post author

    I stand by that if he’d been serious, and actually going to announce a real running mate, it would have been post-worthy. He gave no indication that this going to be some sort of joke; I thought he’d found an actual Libertarian who was going to run with him.

    But definitely, taking his campaign seriously is a mistake I’ll be a lot less inclined to make in the future.

  10. Marc Allan Feldman

    My offer is 100% serious. I had been trying to send a message privately through various channels without success. By using facebook and my blogs, I was able to get the word out enough to get noticed by some die-hard fans who are very impressed that I would participate on their forum and there is a good chance that my message will get through. If you check twitter and google, you will see that I barely generated a ripple of mainstream publicity – which is perfect when I am trying to set up a first contact.
    To those who cannot get their head around my campaign strategy, it is enough to say that I want to stay Libertarian and I want a chance to win, to promote the Libertarianism and the Libertarian Party.
    I am not a “you should do it this way” Libertarian.
    I am a “this is the way I do it” LIbertarian.
    YMMV

  11. Thane Eichenauer

    Many people didn’t take Donald Trump seriously months ago. The powers that be now admit to making for plans in case he is nominated. Seeking to recruit Kanye West is certainly an unusual choice for Feldman. If Scott Adams takes Kanye West seriously why not IPR?

    “Consider the reaction you are having right now to the idea that Kanye West could be president. Your reaction (plus the fact that he is a legitimate genius) is what tells you he can do it. At least according to my filter.”

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/128474925371/how-to-spot-a-wizard

  12. Marc Allan Feldman

    I will die for the art, for what I believe in, and the art ain’t always going to be polite. I don’t know what’s going to happen tonight. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. This is a new mentality. We’re not going to control our kids with “brands.” We’re not going to teach hate and low self-esteem to our kids. We’re going to teach our kids that they can be something. We’re going to teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. We’re going to teach our kids to believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down. I don’t know what I am going to lose after this. It doesn’t matter though, because this ain’t about me. This is about ideas. People who believe in truth. . . I have decided in 2020 to run for President – Kanye West

  13. Chuck Moulton

    The issue is not whether Kanye West is a suitable running mate or a libertarian philosophically (though those are open questions).

    The issue is that Feldman is so delusional that he believes:

    1) it is appropriate to invite someone publicly to be his running mate without contacting him privately first;

    2) a celebrity who is interested in running for president would want to run for vice-president on a ticket with someone he has never heard of who is unlikely to get the nomination; and

    3) a celebrity would want to join the campaign of someone so unknown / unsophisticated / disorganized that he was unable to figure out a method of contacting a celebrity privately.

    This behavior from Feldman caused him to jump the shark from “a little kooky, unwilling to mount a real campaign even though he has a few interesting ideas and some witty one liners” to “BATSHIT CRAZY”.

    I refer back to my earlier comment (with reference to Augustus Invictus):

    I have a 5 step process for determining whether I support a candidate for public office.

    Step 1: Is the candidate batshit crazy?

    I needn?t bother with steps 2-5 in this case.

  14. Steven Wilson

    From the photo it looks like he has heterochromia. That would be worth 15 minutes. Other mutations might occur on camera later on.

    Also, Ben Stein would make a great match here. While one is in a perpetual state of calling for Bueller, the other is in the same state calling for West.

    Cheers.

  15. Stewart Flood

    My chance of voting for Feldman just dropped from zeo to no way in F’n H. He is past insane and has entered the Invictus Zone.

    He is not of sound mind and should be removed from the LNC by his region.

  16. wolfefan

    Even assuming that it was desirable and possible to get Kanye West to run, a $5 limit on donations is a limit on the only real value he would bring to the campaign in terms of building an organization. Unless the limit does not apply to self-funding, in which case it’s just another government-by-and-for-the-rich thing.

  17. Stewart Flood

    If you investigate West’s positions on issues, you will find that he is much closer to a socialist democrat than to a libertarian.

  18. George Phillies

    One might also propose that there is an impossible conflict of interest between becoming a Presidential candidate and already being an LNC member. If you are a candidate, and then elected to the LNC, well, the voters should have known what they were doing. Being on the LNC, and then becoming a candidate without resigning from the LNC, is unacceptable. I note that Josh Katz, who was a regional alternate, after a bit decided that he should cancel his Presidential campaign and stay on the LNC.

  19. Caryn Ann Harlos

    George,

    ==One might also propose that there is an impossible conflict of interest between becoming a Presidential candidate and already being an LNC member. If you are a candidate, and then elected to the LNC, well, the voters should have known what they were doing. Being on the LNC, and then becoming a candidate without resigning from the LNC, is unacceptable. I note that Josh Katz, who was a regional alternate, after a bit decided that he should cancel his Presidential campaign and stay on the LNC.===

    George, excellent points. I brought this up in the past and there was little interest from people when I brought it up.

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