Massachusetts State Chairman George Phillies has confirmed that LPMass was indeed directed by LP Political Director Sean Haugh to burn the ballot petitions.
Carol McMahon has now advised me that she was in fact told by Sean Haugh to burn the nominating papers in question. She had more useful things to do than to pass his demand on to me before today. I am not sure where Sean Haugh got the idea that he could instruct my state committee to do such a thing.
You may rest assured that we did not destroy the nominating papers in question. Also, we have paid for them in full as I agreed to do at the National Convention.
On the bright side, thanks in part to your hard work, a number of raw signatures that appears reasonably likely to generate enough valid signatures to place on the ballot in Massachusetts Robert J Underwood for US Senate and a slate of Presidential electors has been collected. This number is less than half the number of signatures that would have been needed just to place Bob Underwood on the ballot, if we had major party status.
On another front, some libertarians appear to be citing the case of Commonwealth vs Paul Katisirubis to allegedly show the criminal nature of the demand to burn the petitions. However, Katsirubis involves presenting forged political petitions to the court, and falsely claiming petitions had been filed when they had not. As such, the case does not shed legal light on this current controversy.