While I applaud and agree with both your view that we should 'customize'
our message to the group we're cultivating and the view that Libertarian
messages should be 'full-spectrum', as an ExCom member, I feel somehow
we've given you the wrong impression.
Under no circumstances and in no situation have I ever seen, heard or
felt any minimalization of Libertarian issues, 'fringe' or not.
Every single member of the ExCom is fully committed to equal rights
for gays and to end drug prohibition.
As well, the characterization of 'shoving Ned Roscoe down your throat'
is incorrect. We carefully considered who to endorse, after having a
scare that we might not have ANY Libertarian candidate. We considered
endorsing both people, but Jack Hickey didn't garner enough support to
gain an endorsement.
Frankly, we felt good about both candidates as people and as Libertarians,
but my impression was that since Ned had made a much better case to us,
and was better funded and organized, the majority voted to endorse him.
Whereas Jack didn't seem very interested in pounding the pavement to us.
Because of that he had far too many abstentions to get endorsed.
Under no circumstances is anyone on the ExCom 'right-wing', by any
stretch of the imagination.
As well, as long as I am defending myself and my fellow ExCom
members, there has never been a more active or more responsive
ExCom. We have committee meetings nearly every two weeks
by phone and every few months in person. Each Board member
is REQUIRED to chair an active committee as well, something
never done before.
We're very open to suggestions and ideas and are quite proud of
what we've accomplished, even not considering the limited
resources we have.
Rob, I know you're protective of your party.
You should be.
I know you're concerned about a loss of direction and focus.
So are we.
But, we are your allies and not your enemies.
Use us to your advantage.
My phone and e-mail are always open to you,
regardless of what region elected me.
ExCom -- Libertarian Party of California