Email from Libertarian Party of Illinolis chair Dave Brady:
Let me share with you quite a story.
In December of 2008 the LP Illinois formulated the Boston Tea Party Chicago concept and advertised it through the LPI yahoo and meetup groups, Ron Paul Meetup groups, Campaign for Liberty groups, national tax groups and well as other various peace groups and local / national new sources.
January 09 we organized 100 people and created a meetup group and facebook group. Myself (LPI & LP McHenry), Mike Folgelsanger (LP DeKalb), Chris Jenner (LP McHenry), Josh Hanson (LP DuPage) and John Kramer (Fox Valley LP) are the original organizers.
Santelli got wind of this and went public on the floor of Chicago stock exchange.
This all is kind of frustrating because LP Illinois gets no credit for this project. Eric Odom, a member of LP Illinois, and our original group, created his own website and facebook group and aligned directly with Santelli. We have kept our facebook page active to reflect the initial start date of this whole movement weeks before Santelli.
After much negotiation back and forth our original group has joined Eric’s group since they seemed to have been better at publicity because of his association with some national freedom organizations.
Welcome to politics 101. Santelli, like Ron Paul, allowed ego and self to take first place in the libertarian movement. Eric “Mancow” Muller has received three invites from us via certified mail and has never replied back to any but there he is on the radio yesterday claiming all this involvement. Rick Sanetlli is still missing in action and has not RSVP’s yes to LP Illinois invite or Eric Odom’s invite.
The only thing I find humorous about this whole thing is with the rise of Campaign for Liberty and their annoying approach of joining Libertarian Committees all over the county then once getting voting rights vote to disband the LP group and form them into a C4L groups, the Chicago Tea Party movement is now trying to take over the C4L groups by the same means.
Formed February 10th, 2009 (9 days before Santelli and 18 day before Eric Odom). Even Julie Johnson the “national coordinator”, knowing all the facts refused to give anyone else but themselves in her national press interviews and credit.
Chair, LP Illinois
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