John McAfee, Candidate for Libertarian Party’s Presidential Nomination, Names Judd Weiss as a Suggested Running Mate

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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.

Read more here

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.

51 thoughts on “John McAfee, Candidate for Libertarian Party’s Presidential Nomination, Names Judd Weiss as a Suggested Running Mate

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Is this the same Judd Weiss who pleaded no contest to two counts of false imprisonment last year after a jury hanged and failed to either convict or acquit on one count each of rape and penetration with a foreign object? Or is it just an unfortunate name coincidence? Either way, that’s probably something that will bear a bit of discussion.

  2. robert capozzi

    quick research says Yes, TK. Pics look like the same dude.

    Is JMc trying to distract from his own legal challenges by allying with JW? Further cementing his freaks and geeks positioning?

  3. ATBAFT

    “Let’s do something different this time.”

    Wouldn’t it be nice if people who say things like this would tell us what they have in mind? For all his nuttiness, Mr. Milnes, for one in his day, was pretty specific.

  4. George Phillies

    Such a fine situation we have. We have a candidate #1

    Gary Johnson, the man who was nominated by Bill Redpath to be our 2012 Presidential candidate, the man who in turn successfully nominated Wayne Root to be on our National Committee, set some remarkable financial records. His campaign raised two and a quarter million dollars in private donations, received $632,017 in Federal campaign matching funds, and still ended with $1,538,118 in debts to nine different vendors. That’s a 4+ million dollar Presidential campaign, the largest our party has ever had.
    Some of that money was indeed spent on doing real politics. For the general election campaign, one can readily identify in round numbers spending for outreach and direct fund raising:
    media – $204,000
    travel – $139,000
    email ads – $28,000
    web ads – $31,000
    printing, shipping, and mailing – $225,000
    a total of $627,000.

    Relative to Barr 2008, those were huge expenditures on getting out the message. Relative to that 4+ million dollar campaign, that’s about 14% all money received or taken on as debt. Readers might fairly propose some campaign spending for the Republican campaign and the Libertarian nominating campaign did put Johnson before the public and should be counted as doing real politics. If we add those to the total, we find that nearly 20% of income was spent on political outreach by many methods. That’s way better than Barr 2008.

  5. George Phillies

    We have candidate #2 and his running mate as described above. Of course we also have candidate #1’s running mate, who was happy to tell us how wonderful urban police forces are.

  6. George Phillies

    We have candidate #3 and his on and off campaign against anarchism. He will, at least, be old enough by inauguration day to take the Presidential oath.

  7. George Phillies

    We have candidates 4 and 5 who are against raising serious money for the campaign by putting various obstacles in the fundraising path.

  8. George Phillies

    The idiots who gave us two Republican retreads in a row also poisoned the well this time. There were, I believe, several people who would have been good candidates, honest, who would have given us competent campaign organizations, who did not run because they thought that the Ban the Burkha stop Sharia Law candidate had a lock on the nomination.

    My forthcoming book “surely We Can Do Better” goes into detail on the campaign finances of the last two efforts. It is out there in draft form. If you want a draft copy, and promise to send corrections, please ask. To repeat what I said to others, I see absolutely no evidence that anything in the FEC campaign finance record that was other than legal, up to trivial recording errors noted in the FEC audit.

    At something like this point, a reasonable man starts to wonder if the 2016 Presidential ballot access drive will not turn out to have been a waste of money.

    George Phillies
    phillies@4liberty.net

  9. Mike K

    It’s real easy to trash the LP and not work to do anything to change it… Much easier to go to SFL conferences and party and talk abstract theory than it is to actually contribute money, door knock, petition.. etc.

    I’m not voting for this clown and will most likely not vote for McAfee either.

    I’ll hold back from commenting further save profanity.

  10. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Yes, that is the same Judd Weiss. I’m very concerned about the rape allegation clouding McAfee’s campaign.

    Surely it was disclosed, and perhaps the campaign decided to take a calculated risk. Do they think there are enough people who have been falsely accused of crimes that their votes might add up? I don’t know.

  11. Stewart Flood

    I don’t know anything about this candidate other than what others have written, but the charges we are told about sound pretty serious.

    Dr Phillies is correct: it is reasonable to expect that some potential candidates did not enter the race because of the presumed “lock” on the nomination. It has been obvious to anyone observing that the issues that came out of the 2012 campaign will not just disappear. It is likely that they will have no effect on the nomination process in Orlando, but they could be a huge impediment to fundraising for 2016.

  12. Mark Axinn

    Let’s say John gets the nomination, although he probably will lose to Gary Johnson.

    And he gets his choice of running mate endorsed by the delegates (like 2008 and 2012).

    How long is it until Roger Stone puts out trash like “LP Runs Murderer for President and Rapist for Vice President”?

    If you doubt such shit is possible, ask Warren.

  13. itdoesntmatterttomuch

    Who is Gary Johnson’s supposed “running mate”, the guy who loves urban police? Sounds like Lew Rockwell.

  14. Thomas L. Knapp

    I still don’t see how Johnson pulls this off. He was already in trouble before he pulled his testicles out and beat them with a ball peen hammer in public in the first half of the Stossel debate, and I’ve heard there’s even worse coming in the second debate.

    The best case scenario is he drops out before Orlando, McAfee and Petersen kills each other off and Perry is nominated as everyone’s second choice a la Badnarik 2004.

    The more likely scenario is Johnson comes in third on the first and second ballots and McAfee is nominated on the third ballot.

  15. Mark Axinn

    >Who is Gary Johnson’s supposed “running mate”, the guy who loves urban police?

    The reference is to Judge Jim Gray, who was GJ’s running mate in 2012.

    The Johnson campaign has not indicated a preference for 2016.

    As is proper. Neither Perry nor McAfee should name someone this early. The choice is up to the delegates in Orlando, not the candidates.

  16. Andy

    “Thomas L. Knapp
    April 7, 2016 at 20:34
    I still don’t see how Johnson pulls this off.”

    There are a lot of delegates who do not follow all of this stuff as closely as regular IPR readers do. They will just think that this guy was a former two term Governor of New Mexico who got over 1.2 million votes in the last election (which in terms of raw votes for President, is a record for the party, however, he came in 2nd place to Ed Clark in terms of percent of the vote) for the Libertarian, and who is more well known than the other candidates, so they will vote for him again based on this.

    Will this be enough for another Johnson victory? I don’t know, but I certainly would not say that he stands no chance. If anything, he’ll probably go into the convention as the leading contender, and if he ends up losing, it will probably be close.

    “He was already in trouble before he pulled his testicles out and beat them with a ball peen hammer in public in the first half of the Stossel debate, and I’ve heard there’s even worse coming in the second debate.”

    Ouch!

    “The more likely scenario is Johnson comes in third on the first and second ballots and McAfee is nominated on the third ballot.”

    Maybe the ticket should be John McAfee for President and Darryl Perry for Vice President.

    This could make the “flash” and “fame” delegates happy, and also appease delegates who put a greater emphasis on issues and philosophy.

  17. Andy

    “George Phillies
    April 7, 2016 at 10:20
    We have candidates 4 and 5 who are against raising serious money for the campaign by putting various obstacles in the fundraising path.”

    These obstacles could be overcome by setting up PACs and Super PACs.

  18. George Phillies

    There is also the matter of statements Johnson and campaign made in 2012 about his campaign’s finances. To his credit, between private funds, campaign matching, and bills payable but not paid at the time, Johnson raised over four million dollars for his campaign. He even spent a piece of it on public outreach. However, there are other issues.

  19. Matthew Cholko

    I fail to see how this is a good move for the campaign. It seems like every time one of the other candidates open their mouth, Perry becomes more appealing, even with his ridiculous fundraising policy.

  20. Andy

    “George Phillies
    April 7, 2016 at 21:30
    There is also the matter of statements Johnson and campaign made in 2012 about his campaign’s finances. To his credit, between private funds, campaign matching, and bills payable but not paid at the time, Johnson raised over four million dollars for his campaign.”

    I’m pretty sure that the Ed Clark / David Koch campaign spent more than that, at least when adjusted for inflation.

  21. George Phillies

    Andy is absolutely right on this. If Perry or Feldman wins, there will doubtless be a PAC “Citizens for Perry” to do all the things he is not through lack of funds, like advertising and building the party. As it happens, I not only know how to do that, have done it for my own campaigns, but have a Federal PAC open and ready to go. If Perry wins, there will not be a problem here.

    And I will not pay myself anything that would count as wages or salary, I retired.

    I also agree with Andy and Tom taht Clark – Koch raised considerably more than Johnson, but that was not my point.

    George

  22. Shivany Lane

    Personally, I am a little tired of everyone assuming that the “presumptive nominee” is Gary Johnson.
    Something odd was going on with his filing for this year with the FEC. The filing is dated March 29th.

    He want’s to ban Burqas. He has some weird obsession with Sharia Law but has no issue with all the orthodox Jewish people following their “law” that says they must eat only kosher food. Personally I have never seen anyone up here in Northern California wearing a Burqa.

    Gary Johnson may have been governor twice, but both of those times he ran as a Republican. When he wanted to run for President, he tried as a Republican and was quickly eliminated, that is when he sought the Libertarians.

    John McAfee is exponentially more famous than GJ, just not for politics. One of GJ’s selling points about himself is that he vetoed 48 bills as governor. That is impressive if all the bills were crap, however I know for a fact that one of them was a bill to make Ballot Access easier for third parties and he vetoed it.

    Contrary to popular belief, John McAfee was only wanted for questioning in Belize. He was never considered a suspect and he fled because their super corrupt government would have likely made sure he died while in jail. In Belize they can hold you in prison for 30 days just because they want to. And foreigners tend to die while locked up in their substandard prisons.

  23. Andy

    “Gary Johnson may have been governor twice, but both of those times he ran as a Republican. When he wanted to run for President, he tried as a Republican and was quickly eliminated, that is when he sought the Libertarians.”

    As opposed to John McAfee, who tried to run for President under the banner of the Cyber Party, but found out that it was too difficult to get on the ballot under that banner, so then he switched to seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination since the Libertarian Party already had ballot access in a lot of states and has the party infrastructure in place to get on the ballot in the remaining places.

    “John McAfee is exponentially more famous than GJ, just not for politics.”

    I remember hearing about Gary Johnson back around 2001. I’d never heard of John McAfee until maybe 3 years ago.

    “One of GJ’s selling points about himself is that he vetoed 48 bills as governor.”

    He vetoed 750 bills as Governor.

    “That is impressive if all the bills were crap, however I know for a fact that one of them was a bill to make Ballot Access easier for third parties and he vetoed it.”

    I’ve never heard of this and I’d like to see some verification on it, and if it is true, I’d like to know the details of the bill.

    Just as a reminder, I AM NOT SUPPORTING GARY JOHNSON FOR THE NOMINATION. I just like accuracy.

  24. Michelle Catlin

    In addition to all the inaccurate statements Shivany made that Andy pointed out it should also be noted that he changed his mind on the burqa ban and honestly admitted that he was wrong about it.

  25. Andy

    “Michelle Catlin
    April 8, 2016 at 02:28
    In addition to all the inaccurate statements Shivany made that Andy pointed out it should also be noted that he changed his mind on the burqa ban and honestly admitted that he was wrong about it.”

    Yeah, he “changed his mind” only after a bunch of Libertarians started to call him out over it, much like John McAfee “changed his mind” about supporting Social Security and government make work projects only after Libertarians started calling him out on it.

  26. Nicholas Sarwark

    Yeah, he “changed his mind” only after a bunch of Libertarians started to call him out over it, much like John McAfee “changed his mind” about supporting Social Security and government make work projects only after Libertarians started calling him out on it.

    Would you prefer a candidate who didn’t respond to criticism by evaluating his position and changing it if appropriate?

    If so, there’s a gentleman from New York who is running for President who I think you’d really like.

  27. robert capozzi

    NS, if you are referring to Trump, I’m not sure that the best example, since he has changed MANY positions over time.

    Still, your point is well taken. Some Ls object to newbie Ls who are not accustomed and practiced in the ways of deontological NAPsterism, where the “correct” answer is derived logically and with intransigent application of THE principle.

    OTOH, GJ and JMc have both committed some pretty rookie errors in this cycle. I hope they’ve learned from them.

  28. Andy

    Nicholas, one has got to wonder if their changing their minds on these issues was legitimate or not, as in maybe they are just pandering for votes.

    We do not know for sure, but it is a fair thing to ask.

    Also, we are just several weeks away from the nominating convention. Shouldn’t candidates for the nomination have their issues stances figured out by now?

    Robert, while John McAfee is a rookie at this, the same cannot be said about Gary Johnson. Remember, he was an LP member for a year or two going back to the early 1990’s or 1980’s, and he rejoined the LP to run for President over 4 years ago. He has had plenty of time to figure things out.

  29. robert capozzi

    A, yes, GJ is not a rookie. He made a rookie error, meaning an error expects FROM a rookie. If you recall, when the burqa ban thing came out, I was thinking I’d sit this election out…that’s how poor I thought that one was. I could hold my nose over the FAIR tax, but burqa banning is unworthy of support, something I couldn’t overlook.

    I totally get that in the wake of major terror attacks, positioning himself as advocating a complete cut-and-run is politically unviable except with the most die-hard anti-interventionist audience, which is tiny. We saw that with RP2, who walked back too much in my estimation. It took all the wind out of his sails, swinging too far in the hawk direction.

    I’m glad GJ walked his burqa ban back, quickly. I do think he was genuinely embarrassed by that insane idea. He obviously had not thought that one through. I’ve said before I don’t think he’s done enough preparation for this race and was mostly winging it.

    I still think he’s the LP’s best choice, all things considered, but unless he really starts to buckle down, I fear he’s on a path to piss away a huge opportunity to make some real noise in this embarrassment of an election.

  30. Stewart Flood

    It is certainly possible for candidates — or anyone — to change their position on an issue. It is certainly fair to challenge McAfee, Johnson or any other Libertarian candidate on positions that they have recently changed.

    But rather than just argue over whether or not the change is legitimate, the candidates should be asked why they changed their positions. What reasoning did they go through to determine that their previous position was one they could no longer support, and what assurances can they give the delegates that the change is sincere?

    No one comes into the Libertarian Party with 100.000% libertarian positions. If they say they did, they are probably just conveniently forgetting some issue where they held a different position than what they now support.

  31. Andy

    Stewart, there are people who are small “l” libertarians who have never been members of the Libertarian Party.

    There is also be debate about what constitutes a 100% libertarian position.

  32. Election Addict

    “We saw that with RP2, who walked back too much in my estimation.”

    Both Johnson and Rand Paul (bless them) sound and look like phonies when they try to appeal to warhawks and scaremongers, and the “Obama’s a pussy” crowd. It’s odd that they forget from time to time what made Ron Paul popular, or what made successful Libertarians like Ed Clark break records.

    Others could probably seem more sincere and actually appeal to … neocons?, but then their peacenik supporters would stop trusting them.

  33. robert capozzi

    EA, largely agree. Yet let’s not forget that RP1 voted for the Afghanistan War and called for Letters of M&R vs. AQN, as I recall. And EC used terms like the US should be “armed to the teeth,” IIRC. It’s I think possible to be positioned as the peace candidate, but NOT the pacifist candidate.

    EC was heavily handled and RP1 had been thinking his f.p. through for decades. And let’s not forget: Neither got anywhere close to winning, or even close to plurality-type polling results.

    How to frame and soundbite a non-interventionist message that attracts serious coverage and support seems a ways off. A good try would be nice, though.

  34. Steven Wilson

    NOTA will win in the fourth round.

    If the 2nd Stossel debate makes Gary Johnson look even more of a fool, then the convention goers are left with:
    1. Mcafee–sexual deviants rally together (see Judd Weiss and his theory on rape)
    2. Petersen–is campaigning as the young Wayne Root for this election cycle without the personal finance or any real world experience beyond a blog and vlog.
    3. Perry–who is under the delusion that by sheer will and/or stubbornness that he is going to get the entire country to switch to bitcoins by November.
    4. Reid–civil war actor who is portraying the bastard child of a Manchurian Candidate and believes that Time machines exist because of Google optics.
    5. Sterling–candidate with party shism. Changes views like dresses. Possible female Romney envy.

    NOTA by rational attrition

  35. Thane Eichenauer

    Steven Wilson,

    I don’t think that Darryl W. Perry is trying to get the entire country to switch to bitcoins by November or ever claimed to be trying to accomplish that. He is accepting donations of a certain sort. His reasons make sense to me.
    As for Austin Petersen he has been working in TV production which is a real industry. I also agree that Marc Allan Feldman is worth taking a look at.

  36. Andy

    Jill Pyeatt said: “Steven–but you forgot Marc Feldman.”

    The $5 footlongs at Subway candidate, or the think that Kanye West would be interested in being my VP running mate candidate.

  37. Avens O'Brien

    “*Hustlebear let this house go into foreclosure in 2011”

    Funny how fighting for your freedom against a false rape accusation will nearly bankrupt someone.

    He still owns the house and he is back on his feet, after a hellish 18 month ordeal to clear his name.

    Try spending a quarter of a million dollars on legal fees and losing business opportunities left and right due to a smear on your reputation, and see how you’re doing then, and if you don’t plea when the DA finally offers you something that you can have off your record in 18 months.

  38. Avens O'Brien

    “1. Mcafee–sexual deviants rally together (see Judd Weiss and his theory on rape)”

    Weiss doesn’t have some special “theory on rape”.

    He was falsely accused by an unstable young woman who was infatuated with him.

  39. Avens O'Brien

    “Yes, that is the same Judd Weiss. I’m very concerned about the rape allegation clouding McAfee’s campaign.

    Surely it was disclosed, and perhaps the campaign decided to take a calculated risk. Do they think there are enough people who have been falsely accused of crimes that their votes might add up? I don’t know.”

    Or that criminal justice reform is going to be a major aspect of their campaign.

  40. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Avens said: “Or that criminal justice reform is going to be a major aspect of their campaign.”

    That would be a good thing. I think there are millions of people in this country with stories like Judd’s. This could really be eye-opening to others.

    I was stunned when McAfee told the world in the second half of the Stossel debate that his wife had been a prostitute much of her life. Yet, he married her. This might touch a whole other segment of our population.

    (And who couldn’t love a guy like that??)

  41. Avens O'Brien

    “That would be a good thing. I think there are millions of people in this country with stories like Judd’s. This could really be eye-opening to others.”

    Definitely. Criminal justice reform is a big thing for both of them.

    “I was stunned when McAfee told the world in the second half of the Stossel debate that his wife had been a prostitute much of her life. Yet, he married her. This might touch a whole other segment of our population.”

    Seriously, I like him even more now. And she’s a DARLING.

  42. Andy

    Jill Pyeatt said: “I was stunned when McAfee told the world in the second half of the Stossel debate that his wife had been a prostitute much of her life. Yet, he married her. This might touch a whole other segment of our population.

    (And who couldn’t love a guy like that??)”

    This is like the plot to the movie, Pretty Woman.

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