Submitted to IPR by a Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) member, September 2nd:
A confidential informant on the EC (who’s identity I can reveal under the condition of keeping his name out of it) shared this post on the private FL EC Facebook, posted by Dana Moxley Cummings:
There is an issue that keeps rearing it’s head around every corner that needs to be addressed. That issue being John Wayne Smith.
Recently the LPF officers have come under attack for supporting our party’s only filled and vetted candidate for Governor, Adrian Wyllie. Of course the attacks are baseless, and in reality, it is the duty of the LPF to support all vetted candidates including those competing against non-vetted candidates. However, LP National is supporting JWS (as well as Adrian).
According to National LP By-Laws, Article 6 (5) The autonomy of the affiliate and sub-affiliate parties shall not be abridged by the National Committee or any other committee of the Party, except as provided by these Bylaws. I believe National has infringed on our state affiliate by showing support for JWS a candidate who is rejected by the State Affiliate by his own accord.
Before I submitted to National the current vetted LPF candidates, National already had JWS listed on their Website as the only candidate. It is not the place of National to support a candidate the state affiliate has not approved. The whole bottom-up model that the LP structures itself around, means that it’s the affiliate (be it county or state) who must control what actions the body above it takes regarding such issues.
I made a statement on a thread explaining that we currently only have one candidate to support according to our governing documents and pointed out that supporting an un-vetted candidate in a race where there is are one or more vetted LPF candidates is actually a violation of our LPF Standing Rules ARTICLE III, Section 6. which states: No county affiliate shall endorse a candidate for statewide office who has opposition by a candidate endorsed or nominated by the LPF.
Of course Vicki Kirkland, characteristically began very defensively and poorly, denying that she supports any non-vetted candidates. So I asked her, “Vicki Kirkland, as our LNC Regional Rep, have you, or have you not had communications with LP National in support of JWS rather than our vetted candidate Adrian Wyllie?”. Rather than answering the question she stated the following: “… I have not indicated in anyway whom I might support as an individual. I have actually known Steve LaBianca (23 years) and Alex George (10 years) longer than I’ve known JWS (8 years) or Adrian (4 years). I had nothing to do with the National Blog interview of JWS.”
I am still unsure of what that response exactly means. Regardless, we either have an issue with National acting outside of their capacity, or we have an issue with our Regional LNC Rep., Vicki Kirkland. So at this time, I call upon Vicki Kirkland to address this concern with National as i find it to be within her scope of duties as our Regional Rep. I also ask that the EC be copied on all emails between Vicki and National regarding this issue. If Vicki fails to address this issue I will deem her derelict in her position as LNC Regional Rep and convene with the Georgia and Tennessee state chair’s to discuss her removal from that position.
I do recognize and am aware of the great things Vicki has done for the LPF, but I am also aware of the damages she has caused. As far as I’m concerned, what has happened in the past, both good and bad, is water under the bridge and I would now like to address this issue at hand.