This afternoon, one of our writers here at IPR, Paulie, whose real name is Paul Frankel, posted an article about the current report of Region 5S to the Libertarian National Committee. It should be noted that, in addition to his work here with us, Paulie serves as an alternate At-Large Representative to the Libertarian National Committee of another region (Region 7).
The report from the state of Pennsylvania, written by Dr. Tom Stevens, included the following paragraph:
A slate of candidates has declared to run for party office this year against current incumbents. They mostly object to moderation on state party lists as opposed to any substantive policy positions. A number of people who support these candidates, mostly from one county, led the Vote for Nobody campaign last year, did not support Gary Johnson for President because they didn’t think he was libertarian enough, did not obtain a single petition for Gary Johnson or help in the defense of our petitions against the GOP challenge and who self-identify as anarchists. Starchild has interjected himself into the Pennsylvania LP race by endorsing the challenger as has Paul Frankel and others who are perceived to have an interest in future paid petitioner business out of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Frankel had this to say in a comment:
It is true that Starchild has endorsed Steve Scheetz for State Chair. While I am generally sympathetic to the arguments of Steve Scheetz, Ed Reagan and others supporting their slate, I have not issued any formal endorsement. As far as I can remember, the only member of that slate that I have personally met is Richard Schwarz, and I only know him very casually.
It’s entirely untrue that I have any interest in future paid petitioner business out of PA, and it is also entirely untrue that any other petitioners I know have made any endorsements in Pennsylvania. PA requires petitioners to be state residents; the only petitioners I know who live there are Andy and Kevin Jacobs and Darryl Bonner, and I have heard nothing whatsoever from any of them about endorsing any slate of candidates for LP offices – nor have I heard any such endorsements from any petitioners in any other state.
As for myself, I’m weighing my future and whether I should be a petitioner or try to transition to something else. I am inclined towards the latter.
Dr. Stevens has been informed repeatedly that my interest in PA LP controversies has nothing whatsoever to do with my past or possible future business as a petitioner (if there is any such future), and that none of my petition contacts have anything to do with my comments on these matters, yet he persists in spreading these blatant falsehoods repeatedly and has now included them in his region report for official LP dissemination and publication. I am requesting that this false information about myself and my current or former associates be retracted.
I could address quite a few other statements from Dr. Stevens in his regional report that distort the facts, but I will refrain from doing so in this email. Suffice it to say that, besides deviating from the truth, the tone and language of much of that state report (especially the next to last paragraph) is IMO inappropriate for materials that we publish at LP.org (region reports are included with meeting minutes) among other ways that this information is officially disseminated by the national LP organization.
Here is the article with the comment from earlier today.