The Libertarian Party will hold a national convention
in less than three weeks. In the months prior to convention, it is traditional for candidates for internal offices and other party members to send mailings to convention delegates to inform them of their options prior to the start of the convention.
This is so common that the Libertarian Party bylaws
explicitly protect the right of any member to receive a copy of the delegate list for an upcoming convention. Article 10, Section 5:
Any Party member shall be provided, upon request and payment of copying and mailing costs, a list of the names and addresses of all delegates selected to attend and those who actually attended the most recent two conventions, with those who attended clearly identified, and all delegates / alternates selected to the upcoming convention, if available.
The current Credentials Committee chair, Susan Hogarth, has not distributed the list of delegates to anyone prior to May 2, which is less than four weeks prior to the opening gavel, even though previous credentials committees have sent partial and past delegate lists out many months in advance. Whether this is purposeful to prevent party members from communicating with delegates or just an inability to compile the list in a timely manner, it has the effect of preventing party members from effectively communicating with the delegates who will represent their interests at convention.
This list of the delegates and alternates for LNC2022 with mailing addresses is being provided to you by the interim Chair of the Credentials Committee, Susan Hogarth. The list is current as of <date> but the list will be changing as delegations are updated by the affiliate Chairs. Please feel free to request an updated list.
Only the individual requesting and receiving this list is authorized to use it, and this excludes sharing the information with any organization of which you may be a member.
This list is provided with the understanding that you are a national Party member in good standing. A list of delegate/alternate names is available publicly. This list differs in having attached the mailing addresses of each delegate/alternate, and is provided in compliance with current Libertarian Party Bylaws. You may not breach the privacy of delegates/alternates by sharing or selling this list with mailing addresses.
While these may be restrictions that the current Credentials Committee would like people who receive the delegate list to abide by, there is no authority in the bylaws for any restrictions on the use of the list of convention delegates by party members who request a copy of the delegate list.
The Credentials Committee is also dealing with two delegate lists received for both Delaware and Massachusetts, due to conflict between competing factions in those state affiliates. Prior practice when receiving competing delegations has been for the Credentials Committee to list both groups as submitted delegates in the list distributed to members and leave the decision of which delegation to seat to the delegates at convention, but the Mises Caucus dominated committee decided to select the Mises Caucus supported group from each state
, without any justification or authority and during a pending Judicial Committee appeal regarding Massachusetts.
It is clear that the Mises Caucus and their allies and agents on the Libertarian National Committee and the various convention committees are willing to use whatever powers they have to stack the deck.
Whether these actions are being taken out of loyalty or fear is left as an exercise for the reader.