Below is the text of a message I just sent to Bob Barr's campaign manager, Russ Verney (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to LNC chair Bill Redpath (email@example.com). If you concur with my observations, I invite you to send a similar message. And feel free to forward this to anyone you know, post on blogs, etc.
Dear Mr. Verney ...
Yesterday, I received a fundraising appeal from you that quotes a news release concerning Bob Barr's remarks on the "Bailout from Hell." The first sentence reads as follows: "Today on Fox News, former Congressman Bob Barr called the taxpayer bail out of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a "BOFH" -- the "bailout from hell."
FORMER CONGRESSMAN Bob Barr ??? Shouldn't that be LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Bob Barr ??? I find it odd and dismaying that Mr.
Barr's party affiliation is nowhere mentioned in this release. The word LIBERTARIAN is also conspicuously missing from the Barr '08 website, the campaign brochure, the bumper sticker, and virtually all campaign material.
Why is this? Is Mr. Barr trying to hide his party affiliation? A lot of longtime Libertarian activists, myself included, find this pattern very disturbing. And that's one reason why you have yet to raise even $1 million.
If you want to inspire the party activists, I earnestly urge you to start using the "L" word ... a lot. Put the word LIBERTARIAN, in large letters, in that blank space at the top of the website. Use it in every news release. Print up campaign brochures that feature the party's name prominently.
When you do, I'm pretty sure you'll see a marked increase in enthusiasm and contributions.
David F. Nolan