"...how I choose to express or represent my opinions, last time I checked, is strictly of my own concern. When acting in my capacity as the Comm Dir for the LPCC, I use professional language suitable for the situation, because I am representing the party. If I choose to use that language on my website or my social media network, to promote myself or my creative projects/business interests, then I realize the possibility of turning off a segment of the people that promotion is reaching. That is a chance I take as a businessperson. Freedom is an F word, also, even when it applies to speech, sir."
Tune in tomorrow night, as I will be appearing around 9:20 on Miami's The Andrew Powell Show. Much thanks to Andrew for reaching out and getting this interview set up. While the campaign is working on getting qualified in more states, we are also getting ready to knuckle down and get more interviews and media coverage over the next few months.
Keister Withdraws From Town Council Bid:
Libertarian Candidate Encounters Paperwork Snafu Invalidating Candidacy
Clarksville, Indiana – July 30, 2015 – The campaign by Libertarian Party candidate Thomas Keister for the Clarksville Town Council District Three seat in the November general election has come to an end, as a paperwork error led to his candidacy being ruled invalid.
According to County Clerk Susan Popp, under Indiana Code 3-13-1-20, the amended notice of intent to fill a ballot vacancy was not received by the June 22 deadline as set by the Indiana Election Division. The error went unnoticed by the clerk’s staff, who notarized, stamped and filed the document on the final candidate filing date of June 30.
The campaign had marked Keister’s first foray into Clarksville and Clark County politics after four previous campaigns in Floyd County with the Libertarian Party.
While a candidate, Keister took stances for District Voting and helped inform many in South Clarksville about the South Clarksville Redevelopment Plan currently under discussion, promising more transparency and direct contact between the Town Council and the public.
Keister says: “It is disappointing that the campaign has to come to an end. The people of Clarksville still have two strong Libertarian candidates in Russell Brooksbank and Greg Hertzsch to vote for and provide the kind of reasoned and accountable councilmen the town deserves.”
Keister plans to spend the rest of the election cycle publicizing the candidates and helping to inform the community through his work as Communications Director of the Libertarian Party of Clark County (LPCC), including the continued development of the LPCC’s new website. The LPCC can be found on Facebook, and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Typical. Very typical. It is not like I attempt to call of work that often, because A) I have a work ethic, even when it's shitty job such as the one I have, and B) who can afford to? So, anyhow my attempt at a call-in turned into a half-day, because I'm a sucker, a later trip to give a co-worker a ride to work due to car trouble, because I'm a nice guy, and the revelation of more unrealistic nonsense from the higher ups on the chain, because as aforementioned, I have a shitty job.
At least I'm civic-minded. This has been brewing for a week or so, but with more formal contact between the LPCC Chair, Kelley Curran, and Susan Popp, Clark County Clerk, I figured I might as well share the news.
Now, I'm just operating on assumptions here, but I think myself, along with the Libertarian Party of Clark County and the Clark County Tea Party Patriots, have made some people nervous. Too many questions being asked the Town Council didn't want asked, and not enough satisfactory answers to go around. And they are getting scared about lil ole me entering the race? Not at all. They are getting scared that three Libertarians candidates were lining up, and the square dancing that went down at the Rally for Old Clarksville drove that point home.
My electoral history speaks for itself: 2% (2004), 2% (2006), 4% (2007), and 1.2% (2011). Obviously a reason for the mainstream parties (whichever one is behind this) to sweat. Stay tuned. There will obviously be more to come...
Not really a lot of explanation needed here. If not for a body camera, this would be simply be another dead offender that had it coming. Good for Cincinnati for getting to the bottom of things quickly, handing down an indictment, and addressing the situation and offering the solutions they have in motion to prevent future incidents like this. Even better for Cincinnati that the city stayed vigilant for answers and justice, not simply angry and rioting.
While over the past few weeks, I have taken a little bit of heat on Twitter for my stance on the police, I will maintain here just as I have there that I am not anti-police, I am anti-bad police. There is an obvious world of difference between the two, and a badge should not have the ability to hypnotize people into backing murder and calling it law and order.
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