Reform Party Elects New Chairman, Postpones Convention Before Presidential Nomination

As reported on the Reform Party National Committee Facebook page, earlier today at the Reform Party National Committee meeting, committee secretary Nicholas Hensley defeated incumbent chairman Bill Merrell to become the party’s national chairman-elect.  Mike Hackmer will replace Hensely as secretary on January 1.  Leigh Pollet was elected vice chair.  Former national chairman David Collison was elected as treasurer.

In addition, as reported at Ballot Access News, the party postponed the online national convention scheduled for today.  No reason was given and no date provided to reschedule.  According to Hensley, Chairman Merrell decided to end the proceedings.

Four candidates for the party’s presidential nomination were supposed to address the convention delegates today.  Candidates for the nomination are Alliance Party presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente, New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson, former Libertarian presidential candidate Souraya Faas, and Prohibition Party presidential nominee Phil Collins.

As Brady Olson notes in comments on Ballot Access News, the Alliance Party website now lists the Reform Party of Florida as an affiliate.  Reform Party of Florida chairman Joe Wendt earlier threatened to dissolve the Florida party if the national party did not nominate De La Fuente, who employs Wendt.  As documented here, Wendt is the former campaign representative of white supremacist Billy Roper.  It is not known whether any of this has anything to do with the abrupt postponement of the national convention.

IPR will keep you informed of all the latest updates on this developing story.

18 thoughts on “Reform Party Elects New Chairman, Postpones Convention Before Presidential Nomination

  1. NewFederalist

    I’m quite certain this could be more confusing… I’m just not sure how!

  2. Joe Wendt

    Just for that, IPR will not get the big news coming next weekend. Have fun publishing fake news

  3. Wolfefan

    What is known is that the constant mentions of Roper are tiresome and indicative of a personal dislike. When done over and over in stories where it’s irrelevant it’s essentially editorializing about Wendt.

  4. paulie

    I don’t think that is something we should use our articles for. While you are not making any editorial argument in the article per se, continually shoehorning in a very tangentially related item over an over for an admittedly editorial purpose is at the very least straddling the line of editorializing if not crossing it.

  5. William Saturn Post author

    It’s not. It’s making a relevant point. There’s editorial judgment in every article. If you want this site to be a place to copy and paste press releases then have at it.

  6. paulie

    If you want this site to be a place to copy and paste press releases then have at it.

    Not necessarily. I welcome original reporting and have done some myself. We can also have a wide variety of types of articles – press releases, opinion pieces, news coverage, videos, etc. I’ve never said it should be solely press releases, nor ever posted solely press releases and nothing else.

  7. William Saturn Post author

    Whenever Wendt is mentioned in an article I am going to mention his role with Billy Roper. Just like whenever Wayne Root is mentioned I mention that he was the Libertarian Party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee. I didn’t choose to mention Wendt. He became a part of the story when the Alliance Party claimed the party for which he is chairman was an affiliate on the same day as the Reform national convention. This is especially relevant since Wendt previously threatened to dissolve the Florida party if it didn’t nominate De La Fuente, who just happens to employ Wendt.

  8. paulie

    FYI he has written to Redlich and myself asking to take them down. I will not do that. I don’t know Redlich will care either way. While Wendt did not mention any lawsuit threats in the email he sent me of the copy of what he sent Redlich, he has made those in public comments here. I don’t think he has a leg to stand on legally, and Redlich is an attorney, but Redlich also does not have a lot of time or patience for IPR, so I don’t know whether or how he will handle it.

  9. paulie

    Just like whenever Wayne Root is mentioned I mention that he was the Libertarian Party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee.

    That one makes more sense as 1) it’s the main reason why anything about Root would be relevant to be posted here at all and 2) despite the fact that it was a rather small piece of his personal, professional or political history, Root himself frequently made note of it for many years after he left the LP (and may still be doing so, but I have not paid enough attention to him lately to know whether he is) because the title sounds more impressive than other things he has done to people who may not realize how small the LP actually is as an active organization. Also 3) to the extent that MSM cover Root, they have (and still might) make that the main way they describe him in his introduction and/or onscreen identifier.

    Wendt’s involvement with Roper was…well, one of those odd Wendt things where he careens rapidly and erratically across the political, ideological and party map. It isn’t something he likes to mention himself, is far from his only involvement with alt parties (thus far from the only reason to mention him in IPR articles if we are going to mention him), and almost certainly not how an MSM outlet would introduce him if they were to interview or do a story about him were they to do one.

  10. paulie

    Everything reported about Wendt is backed with evidence whether he likes it or not.

    Agreed. I have followed your links and they all say exactly what you say they say. I have seen Wendt say they are false or libelous but have not seen any evidence he has provided that anything you said was false. If it was false, he would have to also prove that you were somehow malicious and causing him material harm intentionally by reporting falsehoods as facts. I don’t believe he has met any of those burdens. I think you are harping on it way too much, but your reporting appears to me to be accurate. If there is contradicting evidence I have not seen it.

  11. William Saturn Post author

    The convention has been postponed to June 20. Apparently the delegates were not aware there were candidates other than De La Fuente. They are happy now to have a choice. A debate will take place on that same date.

  12. Ryan

    “As Brady Olson notes in comments on Ballot Access News, the Alliance Party website now lists the Reform Party of Florida as an affiliate. Reform Party of Florida chairman Joe Wendt earlier threatened to dissolve the Florida party if the national party did not nominate De La Fuente, who employs Wendt. As documented here, Wendt is the former campaign representative of white supremacist Billy Roper. It is not known whether any of this has anything to do with the abrupt postponement of the national convention.”

    To the debate on mentioning Roper, from a perspective of proper writing in the English language, your last sentence in this paragraph has nothing to do with the one prior. For it to do so would require some kind of connection between Roper and De La Fuente, which you nor anyone else has ever made.

  13. NewFederalist

    What happened to Phil Collins as a potential Reform Party presidential nominee?

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