Tag Archives: Snubgate

Four Michigan US Senate candidates endorse Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty four point agenda

The Natural Law Party in Michigan has endorsed Ralph Nader for President. The Taxpayers (Constitution), Green and Libertarian parties are the other ballot qualified parties in the state. Here, they have recreated what the Ron Paul press conference was meant to achieve with the unanimous presence of the four candidates on enough state ballots to win the election – Barr, Nader, McKinney and Baldwin – before it was sidelined by the controversy surrounding what has been dubbed snubgate.… Read more ...

Damage control: LP Spokesman Andrew Davis posts LP-CP comparison at LP.org

Presumably in response to Ron Paul’s endorsement of Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin — a reaction to the “Snubgate” fiasco that the LP claims wasn’t a big deal — Libertarian Party spokesman Andrew Davis has posted a blog at LP.org saying that the Constitution Party’s “raison d’etre is to essentially establish a ‘Christian’ nation.”

Davis, who was allegedly photographed a few years ago wearing a “God Made Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve” t-shirt, then goes on to lecture the CP about “gay rights.”

However, the biggest difference between the two parties, and one that is the best manifestation of the diametric difference of philosophies on the role of government in society, relates to the issue of gay rights.

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LPTN Chairman: Barr’s stunt ‘couldn’t have been more destructive if it were planned’

In the wake of Ron Paul’s endorsement of Chuck Baldwin, Tony Wall, the Chairman of the Tennessee Libertarian Party, has issued a statement admonishing both Bob Barr and the Libertarian National Committee for their handling of “Snubgate.”

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The stupid stunt pulled by the Barr Campaign has officially robbed this party of the opportunity of our lifetime.

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Bob Barr ‘Too Big for His Libertarian Britches’

The Austin Chronicle says that “in snubbing Ron Paul, Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr may have lost his base.”

The Chronicle reports that the Libertarian Party of Texas hopes to be a “difference maker” in the state’s November elections, but “is worried that its own presidential nominee has sunk that strategy with ‘Snubgate.'”

“I can say that [Barr] has been getting thrashed on Libertarian and Ron Paul blogs,” said Libertarian Party of Texas Executive Director Wes Benedict.

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Reason’s Weigel: IPR’s ‘teargas-choked air’

In saying that the uproar over Snubgate has not cost Bob Barr much, Reason‘s Dave Weigel referred to IPR and its “teargas-choked air,” linking to a story about LP spokesman Andrew Davis’s questionable statement that “Barr will not be removed” from the ballot.

Weigel also reports that Barr is representing a gun dealer in a libel suit against Michael Bloomberg.… Read more ...

Proposed LNC motion expresses ‘disappointment’ with Ron Paul; invites endorsement of Barr/Root

As reported earlier, the LNC is in a deadlock between two resolutions responding the Snubgate. Mary Ruwart’s resolution would apologize to Ron Paul, whereas party Treasurer Aaron Starr’s resolution expresses “disappointment” in Paul, insults the other third-party candidates, and “invites” Paul to endorse Barr/Root.

Below is the text of the Starr motion:

The Libertarian National Committee is disappointed to learn that you have recently urged those in the freedom movement to vote for the likes of Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney and Chuck Baldwin, none of whom truly grasp the meaning of Liberty.

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Libertarian Party spokesman: ‘Barr will not be removed’

George Phillies, who will be one of two Libertarians on the New Hampshire ballot unless a lawsuit throws him off, says that “the notion that the [LPHQ] staff should not involve itself in party politics, dead since Mr. [Shane] Cory used the front page of the April LP News to shill for the candidate who later hired him for his campaign, has taken another lethal wound.”

This, in response to an e-mail Phillies says he received from LP spokesman Andrew Davis saying there is “no truth” to the claims made in a WikiNews article about the possibility of Barr’s removal.… Read more ...

LNC efforts to address ‘Snubgate’ in a deadlock

An inside source says that the grassroots effort to replace Bob Barr as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, in response to “Snubgate,” has been rejected by the LNC, with not a single person on the 17-member body willing to make the motion.

Instead, LNC at-large rep Mary Ruwart supports a resolution to “apologize” to Ron Paul.… Read more ...

Socialist Worker condemns Nader, McKinney for appearance with Paul

Writing for the Socialist Worker, columnist Alan Maass says appearing alongside “reactionary” Ron Paul and “crackpot” Chuck Baldwin was a “step backwards” for Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney. Maass says Nader and McKinney should have followed Bob Barr’s lead and “snubbed” the press conference:

Barr snubbed the gathering, arguing at his own press conference a few hours later that he wasn’t “interested in third parties getting the most possible votes,” but in building his own candidacy.

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Will Barr’s campaign manager be fired?

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.”

Garris’s question was prompted by the scathing editorial David Franke, a conservative movement veteran, posted at Third Party Watch.… Read more ...

‘Snubgate’ hits WikiNews

LP interim Executive Director Robert Kraus might want to add WikiNews to his official media blacklist. The populist alternative to the corporate-controlled media has recently published a story on “Snubgate.”

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Motion to remove Barr as LP nominee has been written

Despite the blackout by third-party media outlets sympathetic to and/or controlled by the Barr campaign, there is a serious effort under way to remove Bob Barr as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee. In order for the issue to be taken to a vote among LNC members, only one rep need make the motion and another second it.… Read more ...