Richard Viguerie is a leader of the conservative movement and one of the pioneers of direct mail. Viguerie today penned an editorial at ConservativeHQ in which he chided “libertarians and constitutionalists” to not “delude” themselves into thinking they were not voting for Barack Obama.
Conservatives have more reason now to be optimistic than they have had in the past 50 years.
The IPR-coined term “Snubgate” made it to the most widely read libertarian Web site in the world, LewRockwell.com, today, when Eric Garris published an entry on the LRC blog asking if the Barr campaign’s leadership is “splitting.”
Third Party Watch owner and Libertarian National Convention keynote speaker Richard Viguerie offers the following advice to John McCain in an open letter sent to various Christian and right-wing Web sites:
Dear Senator McCain:
The buzz in recent days has been that some of your key aides were calling national and state GOP leaders to alert them to the possibility that you were seriously considering a pro-abortion running mate and to take their temperature on such a selection.… Read more ...
According to recently published FEC reports, former Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, Shane Cory, was paid $17,870.97 by the Libertarian Party between May 14 and June 11 of this year.
Mr. Cory resigned in May after issuing a press release calling for more government which many observers thought was intended to smear LP presidential front-runner Mary Ruwart and benefit eventual nominee Bob Barr.… Read more ...
Third Party Watch owner and prominent Barr backer Richard Viguerie has joined Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr in celebrating the life of recently deceased white-supremacist U.S. Senator Jesse Helms.
Viguerie commends Helms as a leader of the “New Right” — the big-government, pro-militarist “conservatism” that supplanted the anti-war “Old Right” of Howard H.… Read more ...
Libertarian Party National Chairman Bill Redpath reportedly called Angela Keaton, an outspoken member of the Libertarian National Committee, and told her to “act like a responsible committee member or resign” her post at the LNC.
Keaton’s response to Redpath:
Mr. Redpath, learn your place in the movement. Do not call, write or speak to me unless I address you first.
Charles Jay, noted here today as a contender for the Boston Tea Party‘s presidential nomination, wrote an article on May 30th for BetUS.com assessing his potential opponents. Jay’s article is very inclusive of which candidates he discusses, as opposed to more typical articles which discuss only the “major” third party candidates.… Read more ...
Third Party Watch founder Austin Cassidy has agreed to join Independent Political Report as Publisher and Managing Partner. Says Mr. Cassidy:
I started Third Party Watch because I thought there was a need for a largely objective news source that covered the so called “periphery” of American politics. The site was successful, but I think the need still exists today and that’s why I’m really excited to be playing a role in creating the new Independent Political Report.
The former fundraising director of the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Committee, Jonathan Bydlak, says that Richard Viguerie sought to sell his services to Paul in exchange for a “huge cut” of Paul’s prodigious campaign cash.
While I was not involved directly in the discussions and don’t remember the exact terms of the deal, Richard Viguerie offered to “help” the Ron Paul campaign similarly to how he is “helping” Bob Barr.
Libertarian Party founder David Nolan has written a short article connecting several of the recent controversies in the LP. A list of topics covered would spoil the entire piece (hint: check the tags), so here’s the gist in Nolan’s own words:
Clearly, Barr and Viguerie are attempting to gain control of the LP so that Barr can campaign on a conservative/libertarian hybrid platform and Viguerie can extend his fundraising empire into the libertarian quadrant of the political universe.