Former LNC Vice Chair, 2012 Presidential nomination runner up Lee Wrights passes away

Via LNC list:

On May 4, 2017, at 2:44 PM, James Lark wrote:

Dear colleagues:

I hope all is well with you. My friend Mary Ruwart just informed me that Lee Wrights passed away early today.

As you may know, Mr. Wrights served on the LNC as an at-large representative (during the 2002-2004 and 2008-2010 terms) and as vice-chair (during the 2004-2006 and 2012-2014 terms). He also served on the Judicial Committee during the 2010-2012 term. He may be best known for his candidacy for the 2012 LP presidential nomination. In addition, he and Mike Bragg founded the web publication Liberty for All. He was involved with several organizations in the liberty movement at the time of his passing.

I remember meeting Mr. Wrights for the first time in early December 2000, during my term as chair of the LNC. I had traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to meet with libertarians in the greater Charlotte area. Mr. Wrights drove from his home near Winston-Salem to attend the meeting. His desire to see liberty triumph in our lifetime was palpable.

Allow me to request cosponsors for the following motion:

The Libertarian National Committee expresses its sorrow at the passing of Lee Wrights, and extends its condolences to his family and friends. In addition, the LNC expresses its appreciation and gratitude for his work for liberty, and for his many years of service to the Libertarian Party.

As always, thanks for your work for liberty.

Take care,

14 thoughts on “Former LNC Vice Chair, 2012 Presidential nomination runner up Lee Wrights passes away

  1. Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

    Lee was a good person and committed to the cause of freedom. He will be missed.

  2. Chuck Moulton

    Very sad to hear this. Lee was a dedicated Libertarian and eloquent speaker. His passion was infectious. He was my longtime friend and I was proud to cast my VP convention vote for him. Heartfelt condolences to his family.

  3. paulie

    From Mary Ruwart:

    Libertarian Lee Wrights Dead at 58

    Dear Freedom Lover,

    Liberty lost a great champion today when Lee Wrights passed away just a few months shy of his 59th birthday. Lee, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, spent decades as a libertarian activist and journalist.

    After college degrees in history and journalism, Lee became a contributing editor for the Eagle News, a monthly political news and commentary newspaper in Forsyth County. Wrights founded Liberty for All with J. Michael Bragg in 2000, a free speech publication with the motto “Let Your Voice Be Heard” which claimed “no one is turned away and no one is censored.”

    In 2001, Wrights became an editor of Free Market Daily, an e-mail newsletter. A year later, he helped to found the Rational Review News Digest, a daily web and email-based news and commentary roundup. From 2005 to 2008, Wrights worked as editor of the Choice Channel for the International Society for Individual Liberty, now Liberty International.

    Wrights has been active in local, state and national Libertarian Party organizations since 2000 and is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party (LP). He has served as secretary and chair of the Libertarian Party of Forsyth County, N.C. and was vice chair of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) for seven years. He also served as the LPNC ballot access director for two years.

    Wrights served twice as the Vice Chair of Libertarian National Committee (LNC), and an at-large member. He was a member of the LNC’s platform committee and judicial committee as well. Lee chaired the Burnet County LP of Texas and was the Senate District 24 representative to the Texas LP State Executive Committee. In 2008, Wrights was my campaign manager when I ran for the 2008 presidential nomination for the LP; in 2010, he managed my campaign for Texas State Comptroller.

    Wrights was also the president of the Foundation for a Free Society, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the principles of liberty, personal sovereignty, private property, and free markets.

    Lee ran for the 2012 presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party with the goal of stopping all war, referring not only to war with foreign nations, but also to war on the American people and their civil liberties waged by the U.S. government. Wrights was defeated by former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson.

    For the past few years, Lee has handled several libertarian Facebook pages, including my own. He has inspired friends and fans with his trademark “Reddpaw” memes.

    Lee leaves behind supporters from all over the world, as well as his two daughters, parents, brothers and sisters, and other family. He will be sorely missed by his close friends who love him dearly, myself included.

    Mary J Ruwart Ph.D.

  4. Darcy G Richardson

    I was sorry to hear this. My heartfelt condolences to Lee’s family and all of his many friends in the Libertarian community.

  5. Joseph Buchman

    I remember Lee stepping out into the hallway during an LNC meeting to “get some air.” After a few minutes of conversation, laughter and shaking it off, he went back in.

    His passion, good humor and dedication to Liberty remain inspirational in my memory of that moment and many others with him. Lee Wrights was a good man.

    Looking back at my Facebook account, he was strong and vibrant as ever, posting several messages on April 19th after returning home from a hospital stay.

    The last one in my feed was just before midnight that day — just 14 days ago — sharing the following from Free Talk Live —

    “You have no choice about your taxes. You either pay them or folks with guns will eventually come to your house, confiscate everything you own, take you to jail if you resist, and even kill you if you resist too strenuously. You are a slave to a tax system you cannot opt out of even if you want to, whether you realize it or not.”

    And before that —

    “Govern thyself. The best ruler for you is you.”


    “When it all is said and done, I am country… and I have a sense of humor about it.” with a link to — David Allan Coe- If that ain’t country

  6. JamesT

    Very sad news. I always thought it was arrogant of Johnson to not make him his VP Candidate after he preformed so well in the debates at the convention. Had I been there I would have voted for Wrights on both ballots. RIP. He seemed very nice and inclusive. Need more libertarians like him.

  7. Richard P. Burke

    I did not know Lee well. I was on the opposite side of Lee on many issues that divide Libertarians concerning how best to grow our party. Still, I always admired his passion and dedication. To those who were close to Lee, I am sorry for your loss. It is clear that Lee has people who loved him and was surrounded by lovers of liberty. It is hard to do better than that in life.

    Richard P. Burke

  8. Great ideas

    RIP R. Lee Wrights. A good man who fought for liberty, and [irrelevant portion of comment deleted]. My condolences to his friends and family. Let’s carry on his work.

  9. Bondurant

    I’ll take a list of fact based evidence over an amateur rant with too many caps into consideration if you can provide it.

    [Editorial Note: This comment and the one below it are in response to troll comments by someone impersonating Andy Jacobs, who was taking comments that Andy made in 2009 and making it look like he was posting them on this thread. Those comments were inappropriate on this thread and have been removed. -paulie]

  10. NewFederalist

    True or not true the above posts (if really from Andy) show a lot of class… all low.

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