The following letter was sent out by Randy Stufflebeam [on] 5/26/2020.
Dear (CP National Committee Member)
Randy Stufflebeam here.
Nearly 17 years ago I found out about the Constitution Party and immediately considered it my new political home. It was shortly after I retired from the Marine Corps in 2003 that I discovered what I consider a betrayal of my service by the two major parties. I was so excited to have joined the Constitution Party and have never looked back.
In 2004, I helped organize the Constitution Party of Illinois as Vice-Chairman. In 2005, I became the chairman. In 2006, I ran for Governor and received nearly 20,000 officially recorded votes as a write-in candidate. I was also appointed as Regional Chairman in that same year by then Chairman Clymer.
In 2010, I ran for U.S. Senate. We delivered around 38,000 signatures for a requirement of 25,000. About 85% or more of the signatures were gotten by an all-volunteer force. With the Republicans having spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars, they were able to keep us off the ballot by 65 signatures.
For years, I stated, “The Constitution Party was the last great political hope for this country.” I honestly believed it. But with the current condition of the party I no longer hold on to that belief. My heart is heavy and grieved.
It’s been almost 2 years since I spoke up and made a strong case against the National Constitution Party Chairman and other officers of the party whose actions violated the Constitution, and Bylaws. In 2018, their actions caused great turmoil and created chaos for the Constitution Party of South Dakota which caused that state affiliate to lose their ballot access which was gained through a lawsuit against the state. These actions included allegations that were levied against Lori Stacey (the elected State Chairperson for South Dakota) that were subsequently proven to be false, yet left to stand.
I was very meticulous in gathering evidence on what happened in South Dakota and demonstrated that my desire was to right a wrong and had nothing to do with a personal issue. Tragically, few of the National Committee members checked out the evidence that I provided, nor did the Committee take the necessary and appropriate action to correct the situation.
This lack of accountability has permitted these officers to carry on violating the Party’s Constitution and Bylaws and continues even to this day. Case in Point: On the Executive Committee Conference Call that took place on Thursday, May 14, 2020, the chairman and others were discussing ways in which they could circumvent the decision of the Constitution Party of New Mexico’s State Convention to nominate a candidate other than the national nominee, Don Blankenship. Their discussion demonstrated that the National Executive Committee felt justified in interfering with the internal affairs of the State Organization of New Mexico. It was South Dakota all over again.
Further, even though the bylaws state very clearly those elected as officers during the Spring National Committee Meeting would not be seated until the Fall National Committee Meeting, the National Chairman, Frank Fluckiger, directed the newly elected Midwestern Regional Chairman and Vice-Chairman to manage all the states within the Region, relegating me to the state of Illinois. This usurpation of Regional Authority by the National Chairman and the newly elected Midwestern Regional chairmen, with the enabling of the National Executive Committee is despicable, disrespectful, and divisive.
While I respect and admire the members of the National Committee and feel that they are honorable men and women, I also feel that they have become complacent with and failed to hold the National Executive Committee accountable as directed by our Bylaws. Consequently, this has emboldened those officers to act on their own accord with impunity.
As such, I can no longer be associated with such blatant corruption that spoils the good name that the Constitution Party once represented. It would be an understatement to say that I am gravely disappointed and deeply saddened by the National Constitution Party. It is my hope that my resignation may be a trigger to the National Committee members to wake up and realize that they need to take back control over the party and to ensure that its officers understand that they are here to serve the party, not control it.
Therefore, I am officially resigning as the Midwestern Regional Chairman of the National Constitution Party.
I am retaining my National Committeeman status as a representative and chairman of the Constitution Party of Illinois.
Sincerely, Yours in LIBERTY!
If you have any interest in checking out what really happened to the Constitution Party of South Dakota, you can click on the following link:
In followup conversation I ascertained that although Fluckiger has been replaced as national chair by former chair Jim Clymer, the transition is not set to take place for several months.