John McAfee has announced that he would like Judd Weiss to be his running mate for the 2016 presidential campaign. Said Avens O’Brien at the The Libertarian Republic:
Famous computer programmer and businessman John McAfee is one of the top three contenders for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, but one of his greatest weaknesses within the party is a lack of connections within the movement itself.
He may have just solved that problem, by asking libertarian photographer and entrepreneur Judd Weiss to be his Vice Presidential running mate.
The announcement was made at an event tonight at Weiss’ house in Bel Air, California,
Judd Weiss, 35, was born, raised, and is based in Los Angeles, and is a writer, businessman, entrepreneur, hustler, and the most famous photographer for the liberty movement.
Here is an explanation from Mr Weiss for McAfee’s offer, from his blog Hustlebear:
The rumors are true. A candidate for President, John McAfee, asked me to be his running mate, and I said let’s do it!
When I invited friends to meet John McAfee at a party at my house last Thursday, I promised a surprise announcement that would blow their minds, I think I delivered.
Why would I run for Vice President of the United States? Why the Libertarian Party?
I’m happy to explain.
I’m pretty good with a camera, and over the last few years I’ve been flown out to shoot nearly every major conference and event in the wider liberty scene. I’ve seen pretty much the whole movement, even crossing behind enemy lines of some of the various warring factions, like no one else really has.
And I can say without reservation, the Libertarian Party is by far the biggest sinkhole of time, energy, money, resources, and emotion in the wider liberty scene. Useless would be an improvement for the Libertarian Party. There are inefficiencies in other organizations, but at least they’re working together cooperatively. The Libertarian Party has become the cage match arena to fight bitterly with other libertarians over positions of no power. I say this with a broken heart, as I’ve witnessed too many of my friends get sucked into petty squabbles and distracted from our wider goal. It’s embarrassing and frustrating.
Libertarian Party – NOTAThis became clear to me in 2013 when I was elected to the Executive Committee of the California State Libertarian Party; my initial enthusiasm wore off quickly as I realized that this simply meant that my email inbox exploded into a bunch of bickering over bylaws. I couldn’t imagine a worse waste of my life than reading these emails, let alone joining in and contributing to it. And California was one of the more friendly and functional state parties. Too many of the other state parties were experiencing all out hostile internal warfare. Which was still usually not as bad as the National Party. There are so many great people involved in the Libertarian Party, I just hate seeing party politics turn them against each other. The internal politics of any political party is a zero sum game, and I didn’t want to be involved in scheming ways to take down friends and allies; so I resigned my position and involvement with the Libertarian Party, but dramatically increased my involvement in many other areas of the liberty movement.
This movement has only so few resources, we have so many battles we need to take on outside the liberty scene. I dream of using the resources we have for something more meaningful than fighting with our friends and allies. We eat our own. And so among the wider liberty scene (let alone among the rest of the nation) the Libertarian Party is widely regarded as a joke.
That’s the good news.
We have nothing to lose.
This framework isn’t working for us. There are no rules we need to follow. We don’t need to play it safe.
Let’s do something different this time.
Let’s break up these patterns.
The vice-presidential candidate will be selected by delegates to the Libertarian Party’s convention in Orlando, Florida on Memorial Day weekend.