In IPR comments on a previous post, Dr. Tom Stevens writes
In light of the continued failure of the LP in New York, the Personal Freedom Party will be giving it a shot in 2014. They just adopted a platform which you can see at:
This assumes that the LPNY in fact failed to obtain the 50,000 votes in the race for Governor that are required to obtain ballot status. However, in IPR comments both Richard Winger and LPNY chair Mark Axinn have pointed out that this won’t be known until December, and that the Working Families Party has qualified in the past under similar circumstances, where it looked initially like they had missed the cutoff.
The platform of the PFP at the above link:
Legalization of Marijuana
Decriminalization of Prostitution
Legalization of Gambling
Lowering of the Voting Age
Legalization of Gay Marriage
Elimination of Excessive Taxation
Elimination of Excessive Regulation
The Personal Freedom Party was founded by Dr. Tom Stevens on June 6, 2010. Its initial focus will be to recruit candidates to run for pubic office in New York State as well as to seek out pro-liberty individuals willing to serve in leadership positions.
The Personal Freedom Party’s main objective is to run a full slate of statewide candidates in 2014 and to obtain 50,000 votes for its gubernatorial nominee so the party can obtain “minor party” status under the election law of New York State.
I’ve seen no word yet on whether Kristin Davis will be involved with this effort. Davis has at one point said or implied she would run under a Personal Freedom Party ballot line. At various other times, she also indicated that she might run as Reform Party, Free Libertarian Party or as an independent candidate before ultimately settling on Anti-Prohibition Party, which recruited a slate of candidates but did not get anywhere near 50,000 votes for Governor. Stevens endorsed Davis for Governor, and the platforms sound very similar. Davis’ campaign guru, Roger Stone, is best known for his work with Republicans, and at least at one point also worked with Carl Paladino’s (Republican/Conservative Party/Taxpayers Party) campaign as well.
Stevens, for his part, in addition to having held various offices in the local, state and national Libertarian Party, was at one point the Vice Chair of the Boston Tea Party, and also founded and ran as the Presidential candidate of the Objectivist Party, which still exists. I’ve seen no word as to whether the Personal Freedom Party will have any affiliation with or replace the Objectivist Party.
IPR archive on Kristin Davis (multiple pages)
IPR archives on Dr. Tom Stevens (multiple pages).