Constitution Party: Miller Out, Castle In, as National Convention Commences

Joe Miller, Alaska, Constitution Party

According to Richard Winger at Ballot Access News, despite the announcement made five days ago, former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska will not seek the Constitution Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

In an e-mail to party members, forwarded to IPR by Idaho Constitution Party Chairman Floyd Whitley, Miller writes:

I am not seeking the Constitution Party nomination at this time.
First, it is apparent to me that many delegates are understandably
suspicious of candidates who have not had a history of involvement in
the party. Most are unaware that I endorsed Alaska’s lone Constitution
Party candidate for legislature over her Republican opponent in 2014 –
and even wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times supporting
the U.S. Taxpayers Party as far back as 1992.  I also know Herb Titus,
James Clymer, and others involved with the party, but have admittedly
not participated with the CP as a member or candidate.

Second, to compound this outsider problem, it’s apparent that a
significant number of delegates will, understandably, be supporting the
candidate who has been with the party since its founding.  He is a known
quantity who has earned the trust of many delegates.

Nevertheless, it was truly an honor to be able to discuss with many of
you the issues facing the nation and the role of the CP in the future.
And I am humbled by those who committed their support if I ran for the
nomination.

In addition, also according to Winger, 2008 Constitution Party vice presidential nominee Darrell Castle will seek the 2016 presidential nomination, despite the announcement earlier this year that he would not.

The 2016 Constitution Party National Convention convenes tomorrow in Salt Lake City.

33 thoughts on “Constitution Party: Miller Out, Castle In, as National Convention Commences

  1. Cody Quirk

    Interesting development. Now J.R. & Scott are going to have some serious competition.

  2. RedPhillips

    Good grief. I was in the middle of writing something about the CP nomination contest, and now I read this. Now I have to redo my article.

  3. langa

    This is good news. While Castle isn’t a libertarian (and doesn’t claim to be), there’s a decent chance that he will be more libertarian on many issues than whomever the LP nominates (unless the LP nominates Perry, which seems very unlikely at this point).

  4. Floyd Whitley

    @ Jeremy Siple

    If by “this” you mean whether the Constitution Party National Convention will be aired over C-SPAN, then yes. That is my understanding at this point.

    Regarding Mr. Miller, he was apparently approached in the last week about the nomination. He did due diligence by phoning around the state party players, and decided from those conversations that the investment would not work, for a number of reasons.

    Decorum prevents further detail, but the problem lay within the Constitution Party, not in Mr. Miller.

  5. Cody Quirk

    “there’s a decent chance that he will be more libertarian on many issues than whomever the LP nominates”

    LOL! You obviously are not thinking about social issues like abortion & get marriage here. There’s also the issue of the role of religion and religious influence in government that LP’ers & CP’ers greatly differ on too.

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  7. langa

    LOL! You obviously are not thinking about social issues like abortion & get marriage here.

    You obviously don’t understand the meaning of the word “many” (hint: it’s not a synonym for “all”).

    Also, there are many anti-abortion libertarians (I’m one of them).

    Finally, I would say less than half of all LP candidates take the true libertarian position on marriage.

    Bottom line: If Castle were running for the LP nomination, he would be either my 2nd or 3rd choice.

    That’s not so much a compliment to Castle, as it is an indictment of the sorry field of LP candidates.

  8. Cody Quirk

    “Also, there are many anti-abortion libertarians (I’m one of them).”

    As am I, but I’m also an ex-CP’er, and even if Darrell Castle is no Calvinistic theocrat like Michael Peroutka is, you minus well vote for Trump with how bad their true nature and agenda is.

    Yeah, the LP might not have a super-awesome selection this year for president, but to vote CP in even just one race is the political equivalent to squirting a few drops of gasoline on a dying wildfire.

  9. NewFederalist

    I find myself in total agreement with langa regarding Castle. If I don’t find the LP nominee acceptable I would have to consider Castle or Dr. Stein.

  10. Cody Quirk

    Nope. I’d still stay LP… Unless they actually ran Donald Trump.

    As much as I don’t care for Austin Petersen; if it was either him or Castle -I still would vote for Petersen.

  11. JamesT

    I think I’d take Castle of Perry or Peterson. I respected everything I heard from castle in 08.

  12. Andy

    Jill, I would not be surprised if Petersen ends up on the ticket. He has been doing relatively well in the state convention straw polls, and a lot of delegates pay little to no attention to the online bickering stuff

  13. Andy

    When I met Darrell Castle in person he said that if it were not for his strong anti-abortion stance, he’d probably be a member of the Libertarian Party. He opposes the War on Drugs by the way, at both the federal and state level.

  14. Jill Pyeatt

    Ain’t no way, Andy. He makes more enemies every day. He seems to have a few active supporters who stuff every poll possible. Also, many of us (myself included) have made it clear we will not support him if he’s our candidate.

  15. NewFederalist

    Interesting how this thread about the CP convention ends up getting hijacked by a discussion of LP presidential candidates!

  16. Andy

    Jill, a lot of this depends on who shows up at conventions. Petersen has done well at some of the state conventions, so I do not think it is a stretch to say that he could do well at the national convention.

  17. Trent Hill

    NewFed–people don’t call this “Libertarian Political Report” for no reason. It’s dominantly LP and always will be.

    I thought this was funny from Cody before: “Yeah, the LP might not have a super-awesome selection this year for president”

    Regardless of what you think about the personalities involved, the LP this year has a former two-term governor and committed members of the party running against a young media-savvy activist and an Internet-mogul whose name is recognized across the country.

    Yeah, they all have baggage. But, most parties would kill for a description like the one above.

  18. Cody Quirk

    “Regardless of what you think about the personalities involved, the LP this year has a former two-term governor and committed members of the party running against a young media-savvy activist and an Internet-mogul whose name is recognized across the country.”

    Have to agree.

  19. langa

    What’s [the true libertarian position on marriage]?

    That no government (be it federal, state, or local) should be involved in licensing it or regulating it in any way, shape, or form.

  20. NewFederalist

    When will the Constitution National Convention nominate its’ national ticket?

  21. Trent Hill

    “Trent, are you at the convention?”

    No. People have asked questions like this before, so I want to emphasize, I am not a member of the CP anymore.

  22. Art

    The CP Michigan Affiliate has the party’s top U.S. Senate actual vote recipient in the nation by a wide margin with nearly 40,000 votes in 2014. He is highly decorated Retired U. S. Army paratrooper, Summa cum Laude from the University of Detroit Mercy also has one of his grad school degrees from UDM. He
    Is a life time member of VFW, DAV and the ultra prestigious Jesuit National Honor Sociaty. He is a powerful, inspirational speaker that was rated as the facilities manager of the Baghdad international Airport.
    It seems the CP puts little value on actual votes Recieved under their third party banner and chooses to be more of a social gathering then a political party where votes are the true gold standard. I wish them well in finding a party place holder, however they might be dieing a slow death if they don’t start choosing candidates that have demonstrated they can get real votes in the tens of thousands as a CP candidate. It is not the CP message, it is the messengers that could be more dynamic.

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