Colorado Delegation Active in Convention
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the August 2000 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
LOS ANGELES, CA - Delegates to the National Libertarian Convention gave Harry Browne first-ballot approval July 2, naming him as the Party's Presidential candidate. Browne, a former investment author, was also the party's 1996 nominee.
Colorado delegates gave 19 votes to Browne and 11 votes to former New Hampshire legislator Don Gorman.
After the Browne nomination was decided, many members of the Colorado delegation were instrumental in a "draft" campaign to get the vice presidential nomination for Gorman. However, Gorman took the podium to decline the nomination, saying it should go to one of those who had pursued that position.
Presidential Candidate Harry Browne greets VP Art Olivier after their respective nominations at the LP convention.
Art Olivier, of California, took the vice presidential nomination in a run-off ballot against Steve Kubby, 1998 Libertarian candidate for Governor of California. Olivier had a 15-11 majority in the Colorado delegation.
The convention elected Dr. Jim Lark of Virginia as the new chair of the national party, the party's highest office. Also, new members of the Libertarian National Committee were selected.
David Aitken of Denver, former chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, led the Colorado delegation.
Other members included current state chair Bette Rose Smith and former chair Michele Bethke Poague, both of Glendale, five members of the state board, and various members and leaders of the county affiliate parties. The delegation was selected at the state party convention in April.
The Presidential Platform, ratified by the national convention, calls for re-privatizing retirement, affirms the right of people to own and use the means for their own protection, and advocates the reduction of government to a level that would allow the abolition of the income tax.
The platform also called for an end to the Drug War, citing it as "dangerous to your children, your city, and your country -- putting the wrong people in prison, trampling on your liberty, taking the drug business away from pharmaceu-tical companies and doctors, and putting it into the hands of the criminals."