Signal Intelligence About The LP
Monday, January 14, 2008
Gene Burns Quitting Libertarian Party
A listener of the Gene Burns talk radio show says the one-time 1984 LP presidential front-runner announced on-air today that he is re-registering as a Democrat because he was tired of participating in a "quixotic effort". Burns' profile on The Advocates site is here. Burns was the front-runner for the LP nomination until he withdrew right before the 1983 NatCon, apparently feeling misled about how much financial and organization support he could expect his campaign to receive. The scramble to replace him led to the catastrophic NatCon showdown that ended with the Crane/Koch/Cato Institute faction leaving the LP. A reasonably fair narrative is here; a taste of the Rothbardian venom that drove the Cato folks out is here.