Libertarian Party of New Mexico 2022 Disaffiliation and Re-Affiliation
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The Libertarian Party of New Mexico then chaired by Chris Luchini was disaffiliated by the Libertarian National Committee on the basis of violations of fundamental member rights with a refusal to cure on September 11, 2022. On October 29, 2022, a new group held an organizing convention with an intent to form an organization that would petition for affiliation with the national party. Until legal issues over the name were resolved with the Libertarian National Commmittee's enforcement of its trademark on the name "Libertarian Party' against the former affiliate, the new organization adopted the name Free Libertarian Party of New Mexico. The initial Board was Frank Martin (Chair), Mike Blessing (Vice-Chair), Rudolph Kohn (Secretary), and Tyler Askin (Treasurer).
Timeline of Events with Documents
- December 22, 2021: LPNM sends email notification of January 6, 2022 Constitutional Convention
- January 6, 2022: LPNM holds a Constitutional Convention which its Chair Chris Luchini much later conceded was illegal due to improper notice and passed this later invalidated Constitution and Bylaws
- January 24, 2022: LPNM Chris Luchini sends email responding to questions of Tyler Askin about the January 6, 2022 convention
- January 27, 2022: Parliamentarian Caryn Ann Harlos writes to LPNM board on behalf of Tyler Askin about illegal January 6, 2022 convention
- January 28, 2022: LPNM Vice-Chair Joshua Chapell sends email response to letter from Caryn Ann Harlos
- January 31, 2022: Parliamentarian Caryn Ann Harlos writes to LPNM Vice-Chair Joshua Chapell regarding his response
- February 8, 2022: LPNM Chair Chris Luchini responds to Tyler Askin regarding complaints about illegal January convention via email dated February 8, 2022 and Tyler Askins sent a counter response
- March 5, 2022: LPNM holds annual convention which Caryn Ann Harlos alleges was illegal due to invalid notice which she details in video documentation on February 9, 2022 as well as giving timeline of January 6, 2022 illegal convention
- July 12, 2022: LPNM holds a Constitution Convention which the LNC and multiple parliamentarians held to be illegal, once again, due to improper notice
- July 18, 2022: Caryn Ann Harlos writes informal opinion for the LNC regarding the July 12, 2022 LPNM convention
- August 9, 2022: LNC sent letter to LPNM detailing out the illegality of the July 12, 2022 convention and its violations of member rights
- August 17, 2022: LPNM sends response letter to LNC demanding rescission of its prior letter
- August 21, 2022: LNC send a response and rebuttal to the August 17, 2022 response of the LPNM (it is misdated August 9, 2021)
- October 26, 2022: Chair of former Mexico affiliate sends email regarding attendance at organizing convention
- October 28, 2022: National Party Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos sent out an email to pre-credentialled delegates and guests to the organizing convention
- October 29, 2022: Organizing convention held and Bylaws adopted.
- October 29, 2022: Dues Pledge document presented to potential members to sign
- October 29, 2022: Petition for Affiliation fully signed and presented to the LNC
Video of Organizing Convention
- ↑ This change was passed (and later revoked) to the LPNM Constitution and Bylaws: 1) It is hereby resolved that Article VII, Paragraph 5(a) of the Constitution of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico is amended to read as follows: In order to serve as a delegate from LPNM to the National Convention of the Libertarian Party, an individual must be a member of the Executive Committee, a member of the Central Committee, or a caucus member in good standing for 120 days preceding the State Convention at which the delegate is elected to serve at the National Convention. In the case of caucus members, the individual must have also provided 12 hours of volunteer service to LPNM in the 12 months preceding the State Convention. The Secretary shall maintain records of volunteer hours served by caucus members. These requirements may be waived for a particular candidate on a two-thirds vote of the State Convention. The 2022 LPNM Convention shall be prorated to only require 2 hours of volunteer service.
- ↑ Chris Luchini conceded that January 6, 2022, rules change was not constitutional, but that no one from the Mises caucus wanted to run for that position. Tyler Askin and the Mises Caucus alleges that at the March 5th convention, 5 Mises Caucus members signed up and were disregarded. They allegedly all had speeches prepared, but were not allowed to speak.