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  • westmiller@aol.com
    Posted by: Robert Johnson _robertedwardj25@hotmail.com_ (mailto:robertedwardj25@hotmail.com) ... Endorsements are considered in two basic sets. Candidates
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2006
      Posted by: "Robert Johnson" robertedwardj25@...
      > I'd love to know what the RLC's 'well defined'
      > endorsement process is.
          Endorsements are considered in two basic sets.
         Candidates for any federal office (or chief executive
      for a state) must be reviewed by the National Board,
      which normally takes the initiative - based on any
      suggestions received from officers or members.
      IF there is a Chartered State RLC organization for
      the district/office, they must *confirm* any approved
      national appointments. That process can move in
      the reverse, with Chartered states endorsing, and
      national confirming the endorsement.
          Those states with Charters (Bylaws, Officers,
      etc.) can endorse any state-level candidates with
      no national confirmation required. They only need
      to notify national to have the candidate listed on
      the national website.
          Members in those states with no Charter can
      recommend to national any federal or state-level
      endorsement. The National Board reviews without
      any state confirmation.
          Chartered states (there are 14) can implement
      any process they please, but an endorsement
      usually requires approval by the state Directors.
          Candidates can request review and either the
      state or national "Endorsement Director" may be
      in contact with campaigns during preparation for
      the review process. In the absence of an official
      Endorsement Director, the Chartered state Chair
      or another Director will advise the Board. There is
      a 'Candidate Quiz', which includes the 'Liberty
      Compact', that will facilitate consideration of any
      candidate seeking endorsement.
          What may have happened in your case was
      that the Texas RLC simply didn't have a volunteer
      'Endorsement Director' to review candidates and
      make recommendations. Remember that we're
      still a small organization, totally voluntary, that
      may not be able to respond to every request.
          Even when national approves an endorsement
      for a federal office, the Chartered state may reject
      (not 'confirm') the endorsement ... for their own
      good reasons, or no reason at all ... which means
      that no endorsement is finalized. That was the
      case with at least one endorsement in Texas
      this past year.
          As far as National is concerned, there are a
      set of factors considered. A Liberty Index rating
      above 80% (Lifetime, or most recent year) is a
      starting point; a candidate who signs the 'Liberty
      Compact'; is an RLC member or Advisor; agrees
      to promote an RLC endorsement; has suitable
      answers to the Candidate Quiz; focuses their
      campaign on issues compatible with the national
      Statement; or has high ratings from other groups
      with libertarian inclinations ... are all factors.
          However, the final decision comes down to
      the sentiments (expressed or not) of executive
      board members who vote for or against any
      particular nomination. That is a subjective choice
      of the Director, based primarily on whether they
      think we benefit from association with a particular
      candidate. That may come down to the 'texture'
      of a campaign or 'public 'identity' of candidates.
      Nothing will *guarantee* an RLC endorsement.
          There are also mixed sentiments at national
      and state boards about quantity vs. quality.
      Even a 'perfect' candidate, with no chance of
      success, may not be endorsed ... simply because
      Directors want members to be 'focused' on the
      most promising campaigns.
          Note that the RLC is *by definition* focused
      on GOP candidates (in the primary or general).
      We only consider independent or third-party
      endorsements when there is no official GOP
      candidate on the ballot. It may be the case that
      ALL of our members cast their personal ballot
      *against* the GOP candidate, but that is not
      the concern of the official RLC organization.
          Happy to answer any other questions.
      National is looking for a volunteer 'Endorsement
      Director' for the coming election cycle. If any
      of you have an interest, contact me personally.
      Bill Westmiller
      RLC National Chairman
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