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Libertarian Party of New Mexico Responds to LNC

The Libertarian Party of New Mexico issued a press release the other day in response to a letter by the Libertarian National Committee nullifying its recent Constitutional Convention.

The original letter from the Libertarian National Committee stated that it met in person and passed a motion concluding that the Constitutional Convention held on July 12, 2022, was null and void. It additionally recognized the official Constitution and Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico as those adopted on March 27, 2021.

The press release comes a week after the Libertarian National Committee first issued the letter. In it, the Libertarian Party of New Mexico asserted its autonomy as an organization and pushed back against what it called “interference” with the party’s internal operations.

“This notice is to inform Libertarian National Committee, Inc that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico is an independent organization and state political party operating as an entity in the State of New Mexico”, the press release read, “The Libertarian Party of New Mexico does not recognize any actions, directives, orders, commands, rulings, or any other interference with the internal operations of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico by the Libertarian National Committee or any of its affiliated committees.”

In the Facebook post sharing the press release, the Libertarian Party of New Mexico demanded that the LNC rescind its letter within ten days of receiving the formal response. “The autonomy of the affiliate and sub-affiliate parties shall not be abridged by the National Committee or any other committee of the Party, except as provided by these bylaws,” it stated.

The Libertarian National Committee has not publicly responded to the New Mexico state affiliate at this time. The full press release from the Libertarian Party of New Mexico can be viewed here.

This article has been updated on 8/26/2022 to include an official YouTube video response from the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.

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7 Comments

  1. Jordan Willow Evans Jordan Willow Evans Post author | August 26, 2022

    This article has been updated to include a YouTube video response from the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.

  2. NewFederalist NewFederalist August 20, 2022

    I believe the LPNM will continue to be a major party under New Mexico election law after this election cycle. There is no Republican nominee in the State Auditor’s race so obtaining at least 5% of the vote in a statewide race seems very likely. Unfortunately, the nominees for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are retread Republicans that probably would score well under 60% libertarian on the Nolan chart if they even knew what that was. Oh well… as neurotics say, “this too shall pass.”

  3. SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly August 19, 2022

    Having seen the Green Party “de-platform” a couple of state parties? Getcha popcorn!

  4. Aiden Aiden August 19, 2022

    I see there’s a bunch of mentally challenged people in the Facebook comment section that think “independent organization” means the LPNM is stating they’re disaffiliated. LPNM clearly is saying that they are a non-profit organization (registered in New Mexico as such) that is separate and distinct from the other non-profit organization that is the Libertarian National Committee. And as such, LPNM has their own separate bylaws and is not a subcommittee or beholden to the LNC. In other words, two independent organizations have formed a voluntary agreement to affiliate but one does not have direct control over the other.

  5. George Phillies George Phillies August 19, 2022

    At some point, someone may begin to ask if the LNC has ceased to be the legitimate national committee of the Libertarian Party.

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