Dondero to Challenge Ron Paul?

The following is a letter I received earlier today from Mr. Eric Dondero. He’s been a frequent poster on the comments section of this website for some time. He also runs the website Mainstream Libertarian and has worked on a variety of campaigns. Dondero was also an aide to Congressman Ron Paul.

Now, he appears ready to launch a primary challenge to Congressman Paul next year. He states the following:

“I am this morning, declaring my candidacy for Congress in the GOP primaries against Ron Paul. If he does not resign his seat, and if another Republican candidate does not declare against him, I will run a balls-to-the-wall campaign for Congress in Texas CD 14.”

Read the full letter here…

Good morning,

I am making this announcement on my favorite website RedState.com. Many of you here have urged me to take this course. And now, after last night’s GOP Presidential debate, I’ve decided to move ahead with my plans.

I have spent the early morning scanning the major political blogs, and news sites. It’s unanimous. Ron Paul got slammed by Rudy Giuliani last night for suggesting that we - the United States of America - are to blame for the attacks on 9/11. He even had the audacity to cite Osama bin Laden.

While everyone is hailing this as a “Great moment” for Rudy Giuliani, I think just as importantly, it was a horrible moment for Ron Paul. My former boss looked like a complete nutcase. He looked frail. His hands shaked. He showed his age. He was completely unprepared for Giuliani’s romping response.

Is this the man that should be representing South Texas Congressional District 14 in the US Congress?

I think not.

I am calling on Ron Paul to resign his seat, sooner rather than later. Otherwise Congressional District 14 voters from Victoria to Galveston will appear to be endorsing his treachorous, and near treasonous views on foreign policy.

I am sure I speak for many CD 14 voters, and certainly the vast majority of CD 14 Republicans, when I say, Ron Paul, it’s time for you to exit the stage.

I am calling on the three to four Republican individuals who have expressed an interest in this Congressional seat, and challenging Ron Paul in the primary, to now enter the race.

Many are aware that libertarian conservative Friendswood Councilman Peden has suggested he would run. Bobby Eberle of GOPUSA, and former Texas YR Chairman also has been mentioned. Even former Congressman Steve Stockman now lives in this CD.

I would back any of the three, particularly Bobby.

But if any of them hesitates to come out in the coming weeks, I will officially declare against my former boss. I will not have nearly the amount of money that Ron Paul will have for the primary challenge. But I do have the most kick-ass grass roots experience and resume of any Republican political activist in the country. I am the very person who got Ron Paul elected to Congress in 1996 as his Campaign Coordinator. I know what it takes. I know every inch of Texas CD 14 like the back of my hand.

Some other resume highlights:
Fluent in Spanish (our Distict is fully 40% Hispanic)

I speak 10 to 15 other languages

US Navy Veteran, (hon.)

20-year Federal Appointee, Selective Service Board, Houston Region

VFW & American Legion Member

Author of two books on World Travel

Traveled to 30 nations on 5 continents

Founder, Republican Liberty Caucus

Fmr. Libertarian Party National Committeeman

FSU Graduate (Political Science)

Homeowner and 12-year resident of Angleton, Texas in the heart of CD 14 (Brazoria County seat 40 miles south of Houston)

I am this morning, declaring my candidacy for Congress in the GOP primaries against Ron Paul. If he does not resign his seat, and if another Republican candidate does not declare against him, I will run a balls-to-the-wall campaign for Congress in Texas CD 14.

I am the guy that got Ron Paul elected to Congress in 1996. I can and will defeat him in 2008.

Eric Dondero, Fmr. Senior Aide
US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
1997-2003

Ron Paul for Congress Campaign Coordinator, 1995/96
Travel Aide, Ron Paul, Libertarian for President, 1987/88

57 Responses to “Dondero to Challenge Ron Paul?”

  1. Allan Juranek Says:

    I would like Ron Paul’s critics to imagine for a second that several decades ago on this very day the Chinese intelligence agency, using their operatives located in Austin, assassinated the governor of Texas. I would further like you to imagine that as of today the Chinese have invaded both Louisiana and New Mexico and that Santa Fe and Baton Rouge are being routinely bombed as the Chinese occupation attempts to overcome the indigenous resistance. In response, the current governor of Texas is threatening that Texas will build a nuclear weapon to defend itself. Furthermore, the opinion widely circulated in the Chinese media is that there exists a Christian plot to takeover the world by conquering China and that Texans hate China for its economic successes. Also, the Chinese are funding to the tune of billions of dollars per year Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, who is a sworn enemy of Texas. Lastly, the Chinese are demanding that they be allowed to station troops in and around the Alamo, in San Antonio. If you can even begin to imagine such a horrific, if contrived, situation, you have a glimpse at what it is like to live as a Muslim in a region dominated by U.S. foreign adventurism and interventionism.

    The only insensitivity and cowardice towards truth on display at Tuesday night’s Republican debate was Rudy Giuliani’s. If Rudy Giuliani cannot comprehend how the fact that we support dictators (e.g., Hussein, Musharraf), overthrow democratically elected officials (e.g., Mosaddeq), fund Israel, have invaded two countries, are threatening to invade more, and station troops near Islam’s equivalent to the Vatican, Mecca, contributes to terrorism, then he does not have the intellectual depth to be the next president of the United States.

    Ron Paul did not insinuate that America caused the terrorist attacks of September Eleventh. What Ron Paul did say is true: Non-interventionism will not prevent terrorism; it will just stop provoking it. The other half of not intervening is building up the defenses of America itself. If we focused solely on defending just the U.S., and not Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, England, and all the other one hundred thirty plus countries in which we have troops, we would be as defended as a single country could possibly be. Switzerland has proven this; and America’s position as a superpower would leave a non-interventionist neutral America as the best defended country in the history of the world.

  2. Robert K Stock Says:

    Ron Paul is the only Republican presidential candidate who speaks the truth. His comments were 100% correct.

    Giuliani and all the rest are a good example of the cliche,”There are none so blind as those who will not see”

    The GOP will continue to fall apart and various third parties will have many new members.

  3. Wes Benedict Says:

    My negative posts about Eric Dondero must be getting filtered.

  4. Situationalism is dead Says:

    Dondero runs. Hilarity ensues.

  5. George Whitfield Says:

    In the past I have financially contributed only small amounts to Congressman Ron Paul’s re-election campaigns. However after his courageous, knowledgeable and principled comments in the debate last night, I will be contributing much more to keep him in Congress.

  6. Gene Berkman Says:

    Eric Dondero Rittberg is a legend in his own mind. I am sure Ron Paul and other supporters had more to do with Paul’s election to Congress in 1996 than Eric did.

    Eric’s claim to fame is creating the Republican Liberty Caucus. More recent leaders of the Caucus have distanced themselves from Dondero Rittberg, and are giving support to Ron Paul’s campaign. Eric’s fantasies don’t really deserve any more comment.

  7. Andy Says:

    Great post Allan Juranek!

  8. Lonnie Brantley Says:

    When pigs fly spaceships. Once I rode with Ron Paul politicking in the district. Rittberg rode in the back. He launched into a vitriolic diatribe, a vicious personal attack against an activist I know to be a sincere libertarian. It continued for quite a while in such a way that it was impossible for the congressman and I to have a conversation. Eric was screaming obscenities and practically frothing at the mouth.
    I have visited Rittberg’s house and seen the volumes of unopened and unread hardback books filling the shelves. He has threatened to “get” several very respected people in the antiwar crowd. I’m sure I will be next. Talk about a loose cannon. Or agent provacateur; or my favorite: agent incompetente.

  9. Kris Overstreet Says:

    I have no use for Ron Paul, who I regard as a traitor to the LP and a supporter of white-supremacist groups like the League of the South…

    ... but I have even less use for Eric Dondero.

    I still say Libertarians should run against Republicans and Democrats, no matter how often they support Libertarian viewpoints. The fact that Ron Paul supports the same political party that marches in lockstep with the second coming of Richard Nixon, by itself, should show him to be no friend of liberty.

    Most of all, though… why all the posts on Ron Paul, who has repudiated any association with third parties and has not once even mentioned the word “libertarian” on the campaign trail for President?

  10. Devious David Says:

    Repudiated any association with third parties? Not quite. He’s made it abundantly clear in a couple campaign interviews. It’s also been pointed out ad nauseum in an attempt to discredit him. Did you not hear him identified as the 1988 LP Presidential Candidate last night? He is continually and repeatedly referred to as “libertarian”. He doesn’t need to mention it. I guess you’d rather him reminisce on his experience as LP Presidential candidate instead of explaining foreign policy blowback. I’m glad Dr. Paul doesn’t bother kissing the asses of people like you. We have no use for you, who I regard as a traitor to the movement.

  11. Haggs Says:

    Dondero sounds like an idiot. Hasn’t he read the 9/11 Commission Report? Everything Ron Paul said last night is in there.

  12. Robert K Stock Says:

    Kris Overstreet:

    I am a member of the League of the South and I am not a white supremacist. I think Malcom X was a great American and as Martin Luther King said I judge a man on the content of his character not the color of his skin.

    Ron Paul is a Life Member of the LP and has never denied or downplayed it in several TV interviews I have seen.

  13. Jay Matthews Says:

    Kris, why should it matter that Paul is looking to be the GOP nominee considering the way the public views third parties. He could look for the LP nomination and he’d get next to no TV exposure and certainly no significant exposure from the major news outlets. Let’s not get hung up on party affiliation and look at platform instead. You could have a successful “traitor” (to the LP maybe if one wants to argue that, not to libertarian ideals) or a loyal failure.

  14. NH Says:

    Ron paul is like Teflon—you cannot discredit him because he’s right and none of this stuff trashing him will stick.

    Eric, you’ve gone too far.
    Shame on you!

  15. Trent Hill Says:

    “Ron Paul got slammed by Rudy Giuliani last night for suggesting that we - the United States of America - are to blame for the attacks on 9/11. He even had the audacity to cite Osama bin Laden.”

    Got slammed? BS. Ron Paul clearly displayed himself as the anti-Guliani, anti-globe trotting, anti-war candidate. He’ll go up in the polls.
    Rittberg, I’ve never contributed to a Congressional race before, or a Republican. I’m going to do both to keep Ron Paul in offie.

  16. Mark Says:

    I don’t know what “political blogs and news sites” this guy reads, but the idea that the post-debate sentiment was “unanimous” for Giuliani is laughable.

  17. globalist_elitist Says:

    Kris - Ron Paul said the word “libertarian” last night in the post-debate interview with Hannity and Colmes. Where is the info on his relationship with the League of the South? I’d like to see that. But aren’t you a former secessionist yourself?

  18. Andy Says:

    “Lonnie Brantley Says:

    May 16th, 2007 at 10:58 pm
    When pigs fly spaceships. Once I rode with Ron Paul politicking in the district. Rittberg rode in the back. He launched into a vitriolic diatribe, a vicious personal attack against an activist I know to be a sincere libertarian. It continued for quite a while in such a way that it was impossible for the congressman and I to have a conversation. Eric was screaming obscenities and practically frothing at the mouth.”

    It sounds like Eric Dondero suffers from some form of mental illness.

  19. Timothy West Says:

    The war loving MIlitary-Industrial Complex fronting Neo-Cons represent the greatest threat to this nation since the Civil War. They are nothing less than internal enemies to the Constitution they claim to support and defend. Traitors like Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Bush will be exposed for what they are after they are removed from their offices. Time has a way of exposing the truth.

  20. sam i am Says:

    Dondero dirt, dished drt cheap

    http://www.lastfreevoice.com/2007/05/16/eric-dondero-to-run-against-ron-paul-for-congress/

  21. Brad Says:

    Running against Ron Paul would be a mistake for anybody. I think Giuliani and the rest of the presidential hopefuls in the republican party, most of whom are fueled by the military industrial complex special interests, who also happen to own and run the corporate media syndicate, are about to find this out the hard way.

    Ron Paul is an American HERO for what he said in that debate! He spoke from the heart and had the constitution backing him up. Last night, on that stage, there were more people speaking out against American foreign policy than just Ron Paul. If you listened real close, you would have also heard the signers of the Declaration of Independence coming through the Orwellian “2 minutes hate” yelping of the other candidates in the voice of Ron Paul.

    God Bless Ron Paul. May God keep and protect this man from the storm that’s brewing against him. May he be given the strength and wisdom to continue to stand up against the enemies of reason.

  22. globalist_elitist Says:

    But come on and admit it: This is pretty much the most awesome thing to ever happen in the history of life.

  23. Tom Gellhaus Says:

    I do not really know Eric Dondero very well. I can only judge him based on comments that he’s made on this and a few other websites. He seems so far to be nursing a grudge for WAY too long against Ron Paul, based on the comments he has left.
    I do my best not to judge people I don’t know, so I won’t indulge in speculation about Eric’s mental state.

    However, I will ask him one question:
    Eric, if it had been ANY OTHER candidate who spoke up against Ron Paul’s remarks, and NOT your favorite so-called by you “libertarian” Rudy, would you have taken this action ?

  24. Tom Bryant Says:

    Ron Paul fired Eric Dondero, and since then he has been picking odd jobs here and there as a translator or paid petition gatherer. I can understand Eric being resentful towards Ron Paul because he has never been able to pick his life back up financially. I can guarantee you that if Ron Paul told Eric he would have a cabinet position, Eric would be campaigning like crazy to get Paul elected.

    An Eric Dondero campaign would be great. There are quotes in Yahoo Groups with Eric going off on tangents saying things like “Every Democrats should be executed as traitors” “Muslims deserve to be killed as they are all terrorists” “I shouldn’t pay any taxes - only dirty immigrants should be taxed” and “I don’t give a damn about soldiers dying in Iraq, that’s their job.” The guy displays every stereotype of the political beliefs of rednecks.

  25. Eric Dondero Says:

    Au contraire. Ron Paul did not “fire me.” If he had fired me than why did he give me a $10,000 bonus right before I resigned?

    Aha, little things that you’re not quite privvy too, ‘eh?

    (BTW, for a confirmation of this and the fact that Eric Dondero was “not fired” please check with current RP Chief of Staff Tom Lizardo in Washington, DC at 202-225-2831. Or, simply ask Ron Paul directly.)

    There’s more where that came from. So much that people are unaware of about Ron Paul and the inner workings of his organization.

  26. Eric Dondero Says:

    Answer to Tom:

    Yes.

    If Mitt Romney had said the same thing, I’d be very supportive of him. Dittor for John McCain, even though I really don’t support McCain.

  27. Eric Dondero Says:

    My “mental illness” is called support for liberty.

    I entered the Navy in 1981 willing to die for my country.

    I have battled leftwing blockers in Montana and Missouri trying to stop me from gathering petitition signatures for property rights.

    I’m will to do whatever it takes to advance the libertarian movement. And yes, I would even give my life for the cause.

    This run against Ron Paul will be small potatos compared to my activities last year for the property rights movement. I had one guy— AARP Thug - follow me around for two whole days in Anaconda, Montana harrassing me and yelling at me and keeping people from signing my petitions.

    You honestly think Ron Paul thugs scare me after that?

  28. Eric Dondero Says:

    Sorry to hear that the poster above thinks that working for Property Rights and against Eminent Domain is not a “valid occupation.” That it’s some sort of “odd job.”

    For a reference of my immediate and current employment you all are welcome to contact Paul Jacob, formerly of Americans for Limited Government and now with the Sam Adams Society. Or, fmr. MI State Rep. now Michigan Taxpayers Assoc. Chairman Leon Drolet.

  29. Eric Dondero Says:

    Question for Gene Berkman.

    If the Republican Liberty Caucus is “supporting” Ron Paul for President, than why hasn’t the RLC endorsed him by now?

    They haven’t and they won’t. The RLC is split down the middle between Pro-Defense libertarians and Anti-Defense libertarians. But at least the Anti-Defense libertarians in RLC are polite and decent folks who don’t spew hatred for those of us who are Pro-Defense.

    It’s getting late in the game. Ask yourself why RLC has not backed Ron Paul by now?

  30. Tom Bryant Says:

    Eric:

    Severance pay isn’t proof that you weren’t fired.

    You haven’t had regular employment since being fired. Calling up your friends is not going to change that.

    You don’t have the money or support to run a real Congressional campaign. You have way too many skeletons in your closet readily available to bring your campaign to a grinding halt.

    Ron Paul thugs are not your biggest concern, you’re whacked out views on minorities should be your biggest concern.

  31. Sean Scallon Says:

    Et tu Eric?

    You act suprised Ron Paul has such views when those of us have been following him for years know exactly where he stands on the issues and support him because of those stands. And I’m sure the 14th Congression District knows where Paul stands as well because he didn’t just wake-up yesterday and became a non-interventionist.

    I hope you do run in the GOP primary against Paul, it will be fun watching him crush you like the worm that you are.

  32. Tom Gellhaus Says:

    Eric -
    I am only guessing as to how you use the terms “Pro-Defense” (pro-Iraq war ?) and “Anti-Defense” (against the Iraq War?), however those terms are biased. It might be fair to refer to a lifelong pacifist as “Anti-Defense”, but it is clearly inaccurate to imply that those of us who oppose an undeclared war against a country that, regardless of any “terrorists” inside its borders has never taken up arms against us (much less invaded) are “Anti-Defense”

    Perhaps a better set of terms would be “Pro-Offense” for libertarians who think the so-called War on Terror is necessary and legitimate, and “Pro-Defense for those of us who see the “GWOT” as yet another Statist ploy to frighten, subdue and intimidate true believers in genuine liberty.

  33. Timothy West Says:

    Iraq is not defense. It’s offense. Our own stated military doctrine for many years has been to have enough of everything to be able to fight 2 war actions anywhere in the world at the same time.

    If I was Ron Paul, I would ask this of the other candidates: why have the trillions of “defense” dollars we have spent over the years following this wasteful and expensive policy have not resulted in the capture of Osama Bin Laden, and why our armed forces cant even seem to win against rag tag 2 bit militias like the Medhi Army? Why cant we seem to crush the Taliban?

    Following trillions and trillions of national treasure going into the pockets of connected corrupt lobbyists, contractors, “defense” firms like Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, etc, how come the United States has LOST or been stalemated in every major armed conflict it’s been in Since WW2?

    Ron Paul, ask that question from the stage and watch them wiggle and squirm.

  34. Alex Hammer Says:

    See also:
    Rudy Giuliani vs. Ron Paul II
    “Rush Limbaugh says Ron Paul is “spamming polls” (Link)
    Meanwhile, online, there is a strong buzz (Link) that Ron Paul has been ignored by the mainstream media in regard to his impressive Internet demonstrated accomplishments”
    http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Rudy_Giuliani_vs_Ron_Paul_II/blog

  35. brody Says:

    Eric Dondero = Rudy Guiliani = Crazy lunatic. We don’t need another Giuliani Eric, your efforts are all for nothing.

  36. Anthony Distler Says:

    While I don’t think Ron Paul is the God and savior of Presidental candidates, I think Eric Dondero seems like a gadfly candidate. I think he worked on Gene Chapman’s campaign. He’s crazy enough to do so.

  37. Carl Says:

    “Ignorance is strength! Vote Guliani!”

    Come now. Even if libervention is the best policy, it is still sensible to listen to what the enemy has to say. Yes, bin Laden doesn’t like unveiled women driving cars…in Saudi Arabia.

    I’m no fan of Islam, but if you are going to start a holy war against the moslems, at least realize it when you desecrate their holy land. The first Bush Administration gave in to U.S. political correctness when it allowed female soldiers in Saudi Arabia. Big mistake! If you’re going to play world policeman, learn something about the area you are going to police. Either that or play Evil Emperor and be willing to kill so many people that the rest know fear.

    Or, you can take the Ron Paul approach and not intervene so much.

  38. Joe Says:

    RLC of Texas has already endorsed Ron Paul for President.

  39. Mike Says:

    Why is a person with the Selective Service even associated with a Libertarian? The SSS together with the IRS are the biggest threats to individual liberty in this country, far outweighing any foreign threat.

  40. Christopher Roedocker Says:

    Ron Paul’s statements concerning 9/11 and “blowback” are directly from the 9/11 Commission’s highly respected report.

    To label Mr. Paul as treacherous and near treasonous without, in the same thought, denouncing the 9/11 Commission Report is simply incomplete, and in my opinion ignorant. Any person who can not immediately and instantly recognize this connection with the report has simply not read and fully comprehended said report. Placing any such person in a position of leadership would be fool-hearty in this age of terrorism.

    Why is so much of the currently political spectrum so shallow that the only way they are able to interpret this position is as “blaming America,” or suggesting that America “deserved” 9/11? It is sad, for such an interpretation ultimately leaves us weak and exposed.

  41. globalist_elitist Says:

    “And yes, I would even give my life for the cause.”

    Oh, please do! Please?

  42. globalist_elitist Says:

    “I know every inch of Texas CD 14 like the back of my hand. Better yet, I know it like every inch of Duane Johnson’s scrotum. Who is Duane Johnson, you ask? He is the black guy I pay to fuck my wife while I watch in the closet. Then when he’s done, my wife jams me with a strap on. SWINGERS RIGHTS will be a major issue of my campaign. The GOP is the only party that supports sexual freedom and Swingers rights - look at my idol Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, etc. The GOP is the party of liberty!”

  43. Kris Overstreet Says:

    I don’t regard Ron Paul as a traitor for leaving the party. I regard him as a traitor for leaving, getting elected as a Republican, and then using invitations to speak at LP events to call for the LP to defect en masse to the Republican Party and to support Republican candidates.

    The League of the South, under its founder Dr. Hill, is most emphatically a white- or more properly, “Anglo-Celtic”- supremacist group. Cross-membership between the League and other organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan or the White Citizens’ Committees of the 1960s and 1970s is well-documented. Among its stances is a call for revocation of civil rights for females and non-whites, restoration of laws against miscegenation, and expulsion of all non-white immigrants. Ron Paul has, in the past, openly supported the League’s work to “defend their culture against attack.”

    Yes, I was once a secessionist, but I was never a member of any organized secessionist group. The organizations I looked into tended to be flawed- founded by crooks, racist, or anti-republican- and they all shared the same blind spot: they all believed that the federal government would sit still and do nothing in the event of a successful secession movement. My position was, and is, that secession is only possible with the prior consent of the government being seceded from- otherwise it means war.

    The thing which finally turned me against secession was the realization that, if Texas for example seceded, it would be people like George Bush and Tom deLay- intolerant, anti-freedom corrupt religious zealots- who would shape the new nation, not freedom-minded people like myself. The result would be a system of laws much, much worse than the status quo.

    And finally, if you want a different good reason for Libertarians to shun Ron Paul: in 2000 and 2004, among other years, he spoke before Libertarian crowds and urged them to vote Republican rather than Libertarian, claiming that the Republicans were more effective at defending liberty. That means, indirectly, he asked us to vote for George W. Bush.

    Ron Paul was right on the money, in an incoherent way, about the causes of 9/11. He’s wrong as hell about supporting the GOP.

  44. Andy Says:

    “Eric Dondero Says:

    May 17th, 2007 at 11:00 am
    My “mental illness” is called support for liberty.”

    LOL! I’ll have to come back later and post the links to the radio programs that Eric Donder appeared on with George Phillies and Harry Browne so people can listen to the temper tantrums that he threw. This is certainly evidence of mental illness.

  45. globalist_elitist Says:

    Thanks for the info, Kris. Now I can get back to my prior anti-Ron Paul stance. I got called out for calling him a “racist,” and I couldn’t remember why I did that. I remember the League of the South connection now.

    Republicans would be wise to highlight his connections to the LoS - especially guys like Giuliani who have no chance in the south to begin with. Ron Paul’s numbers in these text polls - fueled by Democrats - would drop in an instant, and he would be out of the limelight.

  46. geoff calvert Says:

    Yo Eric,

    You should join Michelle Malkin in your attempts to slander Ron with the conspiracy 9/11 crowd. Ron, NOONE else, had the audacity to suggest that our foreign policy of constant intervention, intrigue, and involvement in the middle east, not to mention 10 years of bombing and starvation, had something to do with the attackon 9/11.

  47. geoff calvert Says:

    Yo Eric,

    You should join Michelle Malkin in your attempts to slander Ron with the conspiracy 9/11 crowd. Ron, NOONE else, had the audacity to suggest that our foreign policy of constant intervention, intrigue, and involvement in the middle east, not to mention 10 years of bombing and starvation, had something to do with the attackon 9/11.
    Rudy, jumping on the grenade before McCain could get both hands on his helmet, called such a suggestion “ABSURD” He still believes “they” hate us because of our freedom and triple cheeseburgers. Great leader he’ll be can’t even handle cause/effect thinking.

  48. Wes Benedict Says:

    Kris Overstreet said: “I don’t regard Ron Paul as a traitor for leaving the party. I regard him as a traitor for leaving, getting elected as a Republican, and then using invitations to speak at LP events to call for the LP to defect en masse to the Republican Party and to support Republican candidates.”

    Kris, Ron Paul did not say this at the Libertarian Party of Texas 2004 or 2006 State Convention at which he was a featured speaker. In fact, at both events he said the Libertarian Party played an important role. In those speaches he did not encourage Libertarians like me to leave the Libertarian Party and join the Republican Party. He was a major motivator for Libertarian Party members.

    Where do you get your information?
    —Wes Benedict, Executive Director, Libertarian Party of Texas, June 2004 Convention to present

  49. Trent Hill Says:

    I would love to see this quote Ron Paul supposedly said…
    I believe what he said was, “the LoS should have every right to say what it wants, when it wants, to who is wants”. He is not supportive of the LoS.

  50. Andy Says:

    “Trent Hill Says:

    May 18th, 2007 at 12:58 am
    I would love to see this quote Ron Paul supposedly said…
    I believe what he said was, “the LoS should have every right to say what it wants, when it wants, to who is wants”. He is not supportive of the LoS.”

    I think that I know the “quote” that is being refered to as there was a controversy about this a few years back. The the “quote” did NOT come from Ron Paul, it was somebody who was working on his campaign.

  51. George Phillies Says:

    With respect to Mr. Benedict:

    Mr. Benedict, who wears the false colors of being an LNC member, is actually supporting a Republican in the current Presidential race, and has given that candidate $600. He boasts of this on his web site

    http://wesbenedictforlnc.blogspot.com/2007/05/my-600-says-ron-paul-presidential.html

    Mr. Benedict’s candidate, Ron Paul, sent a letter to a large number of CA voters, some elections ago, urging them to vote for the Republican rather than the Libertarian candidate in the race.

    In the Presidential race, Mr. Benedict’s candidate always refers to himself as a “conservative” (See the candidate’s fundraising mailings.) The candidate in question is running on far right-wing issues, such as abandoning the United Nations treaty, revoking Roe vs. Wade, and “This is not immigration! It is an invasion!”

    As one of your potential Presidential candidates, I look forward to thrashing whichever Republican gets their nomination, and Mr. Benedict’s candidate gives a real Libertarian plenty of ammunition, such as the erroneous Republican ideas noted above. That goes equally for the Democratic candidate. Mind you, the Republicans who are above 1% in the aggregate polls are even better targets.

    George Phillies
    http://www.phillies2008.com

  52. globalist_elitist Says:

    Okay, so if no one can tell me what Ron Paul really did say, I will return from my return to a new return of my old/new position of tenative support.

    An offhanded comment defending the right of a racist group to exist does not make one racist. Attending an event hosted by a racist group shows a severe lack of judgement, though. I defend the right of Nazis to exist, but I wouldn’t want to be within 100 yards of one.

  53. Aaron B. Says:

    Eric, please do not run against Dr. Paul. If you really want to run for something, there are plenty of other offices to choose from. I don’t like this “libertarian vs. libertarian” thing at all. How does it help the cause? Eric, who is going to support your Congressional campaign? You should know that money is the mother’s milk of politics by now. Who will donate to Dondero for Congress? Serious question.

  54. Trent Hill Says:

    “Mr. Benedict, who wears the false colors of being an LNC member, is actually supporting a Republican in the current Presidential race, and has given that candidate $600. He boasts of this on his web site”

    Phillies—-you’re an idiot. A.) Ron Paul is like 100 times the candidate you are. He has 100 times the exposure. He has 100 times the cash. 100 times the name recognition. He Infinitely more experience (compared to 0) than you also. He is our Cincinattus. He speaks Truth when none else dare. Yes, the label beside his name says R. Guess what? I can think of more than a few candidates with L beside their names (or who want the L beside their names) who do not line up with Libertarian thought. Ron Paul is our FIRST real shot. He is the first small-government advocate to run since BARRY GOLDWATER (even though i’m not his BIGGEST fan, he did want smaller government).
    B.)Ron Paul supporting a particular Republican over a particular Libertarian means nothing about how much he supports the LP. Perhaps the candidate was a personal friend? Perhaps Paul knew something you didn’t? Obviously he had a reason. He doesn’t “Toe the line” for the party, and he doesn’t promote individuals he disagrees with…so obviously there is a variable you aren’t seeing (I know. Hard to believe…). You are small, to attack such a great man. I hope Kubby (or anyone. Including Root) smushes you at the LP Convention. You’ve shown yourself to be, not a freedom lover, but a partisan hack. Ron Paul can do more to advance the cause of Liberty than anyone else on the National stage right now. And not in a “lesser of two evils” kind of way.
    C.)Ron Paul won’t win. Almost all of us admit this. So its a strategical error for you to say something against him. He enjoys Libertarian/Conservative support nationwide. Let’s say he does well in the primaries but doesn’t win. Now you COULD siphon off his votes, by attaining an endorsement. If he got 15% in a Texas primary—you could now gain around 15% of the vote in Texas EASILY. I’ll make sure that never happens. I’m going to personally email Ron Paul’s staff right now to alert him of your opposition. Perhaps you won’t care…but your party will.

  55. Devious David Says:

    In 2004, I think, an idiot Libertarian ran against Ron Paul. Sometimes foil-hatters get in there too. And that prostitute in LA. Stuff that makes us look bad. Bill Weld. Etc etc. etc.

    Phillies is a good activist, but he’s totally not getting my support or my vote. He’s 1/10th the candidate that Ron Paul is. Ron Paul gets the message out. Phillies is screaming in the wilderness and he’s wrong on the most important issue. I look forward to seeing who the CP puts up… assuming that Dr. Paul doesn’t get the nomination.

    Phillies wants to try and be critical of Dr. Paul for his lack of purism. Well, I levy that same charge upon Phillies.

  56. Eric Dondero Says:

    Endorsees for my Congressional run against Ron Paul are coming forward.

    Just picked up a major endorsement from a Houston media figure today.

    I’m also getting pledges for significant financial contributions for the race.

    Check out www.libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com

    Thanks

  57. Louise B. Says:

    Well, that just shows how dumb that Houston media figure is and how dumb your contributors are.

    George Phillies— you seem respectable in many of your other posts and I wish you well in your Libertarian presidential candidacy if it comes to that. But stop trying to attack Ron Paul, because he is obviously a good and honest man and people will not respect you for attacking him.

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