Over the summer Reform Party chairman-elect Nicholas Hensley requested an interview with IPR. Questions were sent to him. He refused to answer them.
After Hensley became chairman earlier this month, IPR reminded him of the questions but still he refused to answer.
Here’s the questions that were too difficult for Hensley to answer:
1. As chairman, what will you do to grow the Reform Party?
2. Since Reform Party presidential nominee Rocky De La Fuente is also the presidential nominee of the Alliance, American Delta, and Natural Law parties, are you concerned about whether he is actually interested in growing the Reform Party? Is he interested in expanding ballot access for the Reform Party itself?
3. How is ballot access coming along for the Reform Party? In what states can we expect to see De La Fuente on the ballot as the Reform Party nominee?
4. Recently the Alliance Party website listed the Reform Party of Florida as an affiliate before the graphic was removed. There were also reports that the Reform Party of Florida threatened to disaffiliate from national if De La Fuente was not nominated for president. The chairman of the Florida party is known to be an employee of De La Fuente and is listed in the Alliance Party directory as chairman of the Alliance Party of Florida. What is going on with the Florida party? Is it still an affiliate? What can be done to strengthen its bond with the national party?
5. What is the relationship between the Alliance Party and the Reform Party? Do you see it as an ally or a competitor for centrist voters?
6. During the campaign for the Reform Party presidential nomination, New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson proposed a strategy of running candidates for uncontested offices in safe Republican and Democratic races. Is this something the party plans to do?
7. Traditionally the Reform Party has held populist positions on trade and immigration. De La Fuente has a more neo-liberal view on these issues, favoring increased immigration and free trade over fair trade. Does this indicate a shift in the party?
8. Is the Reform Party still the party of Ross Perot?
9. How does the party feel about the fact that the current president was once a member of the Reform Party and briefly sought its presidential nomination in 2000?
10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?