Thomas L. Knapp: Re-Elect Nick Sarwark as Chair of the Libertarian National Committee

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The following was posted on Thomas L. Knapp’s blog on March 3rd, 2016. Thomas L. Knapp is a frequent IPR comment poster and libertarian activist. 

The 2016 Libertarian National Convention is less than three months away. Among items on the agenda will be election of new (or re-election of old) Libertarian National Committee members and officers.

I’m aware of three candidates for the position of chair: Current chair Nick Sarwark, Brett Pojunis of Nevada and Mark Rutherford of Indiana. I support re-electing Sarwark to the position. Here’s why:

  • With the LP, more so than the “major” parties, the chair is often called upon to be the party’s public face, especially when we’re not in the middle of a presidential campaign. The quality and quantity of the Libertarian Party’s public communications has improved dramatically over the last two years with Nick as that face. More statements on burning public policy issues. Better and more interesting statements on burning public policy issues. More and better media interviews. He makes the LP look good.
  • Since I first became involved with the Libertarian Party, I’ve noticed a lot of emphasis on the LNC, often manifesting more in the breach than in the observance, concerning something called “collegiality.” That is, per Merriam-Webster, “the cooperative relationship of colleagues.” My continuing impression of Nick (going back to long before his chairmanship) is that this is something he works very hard to cultivate and personify. When he disagrees with others (definitely including me sometimes), he goes out of his way to not be disagreeable about it, and to give all sides a fair hearing.
  • On the other hand, he’s no pushover. He stands up for what he believes without, so far as I can tell, attempting to subvert the rules or the process to get his way, unlike some other players in the Libertarian Party’s internal dramas.
I consider Nick a friend, but that’s not why I’m endorsing him for re-election. I’m endorsing him for re-election because his first election to the chairmanship was one of a couple of major factors that motivated me to get involved in the party again … and because he has subsequently done the job in such a way as to convince me that that decision was not a mistake.
I’m not going to try to convince you that Nick has solved all of the Libertarian Party’s problems. He hasn’t, nor could he have been expected to. But he’s definitely tried to be an active participant in finding those solutions, and I think he’s succeeded.
Nor am I going to spill any ink in this letter of endorsement on what I perceive as deficiencies in the other candidates’ cases for their election to the post. If that discussion has to take place, it can happen in blog or Facebook comments or whatever. I prefer to keep the endorsement itself entirely positive and entirely about the endorsed candidate.
Nick Sarwark deserves a second term as chair. Let’s re-elect him.

 

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