The following is a press release issued by or on behalf of Todd Andrew Barnett.
For Immediate Release
POC, Todd Andrew Barnett, BTP Vice-Chair
New Baltimore, MI —Vice-Chairman Todd Andrew Barnett has announced that he will seek re-election to the office of the Boston Tea Party Vice-Chair. The National Boston Tea Party’s convention, which will hold elections for all seven seats of the Boston Tea National Committee, will be held on this .
Barnett, who is also the Chair of the Boston Tea Party of Michigan, announces his run hours after Boston Tea Party member and Boston Tea Party of Michigan Secretary Jason Gatties has declared his intention to run for the same seat hours ago. Barnett was appointed to the post after the recent resignation of Dr. Tom Stevens, who also resigned from the Party shortly after that.
“I am surprised but also elated to hear that my good friend Jason Gatties is launching his bid for my seat in the Party,” said Barnett. “I’m elated because I love a good debate and challenge with my friend. If he sticks with his campaign, it will surely be the most contentious yet most exciting race in the history of the BTP. That I promise you.”
Barnett, who had told a couple of his friends of his intention to run for re-election to the seat, says that his work on the National Committee isn’t done. “There’s more to do as the Vice-Chair of the BTP,” he said. “Membership needs to continue to grow, assist the next chairman with organizing more state affiliates, and build the Party from the ground up. This is a grass-roots endeavor, and my work is cut out for me.”
Citing his record on the Committee as having paved the way for party growth and success, he believes that his top priority is to ensure that the Party will be a force to be reckoned with by 2012. “My job as the Vice-Chair isn’t done,” said the vice-chairman. “I believe that fostering a good rapport with the next chair as I have done with Chairman Jim Davidson and future state affiliates is the key to the Party’s success. There’s more work to be done. We’ve barely scratched the surface this election season, but we have made a lot of excellent progress along the way. I believe that I am qualified to make sure that we are the Party that accomplishes that.”
The Boston Tea Party was formed in July of 2006 on the heels of the disastrous Libertarian National Convention in Portland, Oregon, in which over 80 percent of that party’s platform was shredded. It is the fastest growing libertarian alternative, having the World’s Smallest Political Platform which reads as the following:
The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.