Ron Paul Endorses Joshua Smith for LNC Chair

Yesterday, former Congressman Ron Paul, the Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential nominee and lifetime party member, endorsed Joshua Smith for chairman of the Libertarian National Committee in a video posted on Twitter.

Paul believes that Smith, who worked on Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, has the organizational experience and philosophic integrity to do well as chair.

Smith’s opponents for the position include D.C. party chair Joe Bishop-Henchman.

The election is to be held at the second half of the 2020 Libertarian National Convention, scheduled for July 9 through 12 in Orlando.  The committee will replace current chairman Nicholas Sarwark who has held the position since 2014.  He decided not to seek reelection this cycle.

14 thoughts on “Ron Paul Endorses Joshua Smith for LNC Chair

  1. paulie

    Justin Amash endorsed JBH. As far as I know Ru Paul, Jake Paul and Logan Paul have all not endorsed anyone for LNC chair yet but I’m seeing what all we can do about that.

  2. paulie

    Ron Paul has officially lost his fucking mind.

    He signed what the people who tell him what to sign asked him to sign. He doesn’t know Josh Smith.

  3. Shawn Levasseur

    Ron may still carry a lot of respect with Libertarian Party members, but we all know he hasn’t been involved with it in ages. Not saying that the endorsement has zero value, but not as much as it would have in the past.

    To be fair, Justin Amash’s endorsement probably doesn’t mean much either, with his being so new to the party. His endorsement of JBH builds up my opinion of Amash himself, that he’s likely looking to the long haul with the party, that he would even bother to express an opinion on the matter.

  4. paulie

    As far as I know Ru Paul, Jake Paul and Logan Paul have all not endorsed anyone for LNC chair yet but I’m seeing what all we can do about that.

    Any chair candidates, yes that is a challenge.

  5. Thomas Knapp

    Not saying that I’d place much weight on Amash’s endorsement either, but at least he’s currently an active Libertarian. Paul is a career Republican politician and irrefutably proven liar — but I repeat myself — who came slumming to the LP for a short time 30-odd years ago and has continued to milk that association as a fundraising tool ever since.

  6. wolfefan

    That picture – of which I am really tired – looks more like George W Bush than Ron Paul to me.

  7. William Saturn Post author

    I changed “notes” to “believes.” I originally had written that in the video Paul “notes” Smith worked on Paul’s ’08 campaign. In the next sentence, I wrote what Paul “believes” about Smith. When I combined the sentences I kept the wrong verb.

  8. Thomas Knapp

    “he isn’t going to win, is he?”

    I don’t THINK so, but it’s at least just barely possible.

    What would probably have to happen for him to win is for the “second sitting” of the 2020 Libertarian National Convention to go forward 1) without the required quorum of 417 physically present delegates and 2) as a physical-only event without “remote participation.”

    If those two things happened, the Mises bubba MIGHT be able to achieve a majority. They’d also completely crater the party’s finances and quite possibly end up getting the LNC replaced by a new body as the state LPs’ mutual affiliation mechanism.

    Long shot, and assuming it fails one of the side benefits will be a perceptible reduction of Paul’s cachet/influence within the LP.

  9. dL

    If those two things happened, the Mises bubba MIGHT be able to achieve a majority. They’d also completely crater the party’s finances and quite possibly end up getting the LNC replaced by a new body as the state LPs’ mutual affiliation mechanism.

    Yeah, LPNational is tweeting out Ron Paul and Hoppe. It would be a quick death.

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