Steve G.

Barr disqualified for West Virginia ballot

In Courts and Justice System, Law, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, People in the news, Politics, Presidential Candidates on August 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm

From the Charleston Gazette:

Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, a former Georgia congressman, failed to submit enough signatures to be considered for a ballot spot, said Sarah Bailey, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Betty Ireland.

Under West Virginia law, third-party candidates for president must submit by Aug. 1 the valid signatures of 15,118 registered state voters who have signed a petition requesting the candidate be placed on the ballot. Barr’s campaign submitted only 13,036 signatures, Bailey said.

“I understand they are still collecting signatures,” Bailey said.

Barr’s campaign is continuing, said Mike Ferguson, a campaign coordinator. He hopes to have more than the 15,118 by next week.

“We’re continuing to collect signatures and next week we’re going to be filing [in court] for an injunction,” Ferguson said.

The party objects to the “arbitrary date” established by state law for having petition drives completed, he said. He said Republicans don’t have to officially file until their convention ends in September, “so there’s no compelling reason” to have independents submit signatures sooner.

Ferguson said he will meet with a lawyer Monday and expects to file a legal suit challenging state law shortly thereafter.

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  1. I hope he wins, but this situation is because of the shortsightedness of the LP. Had there been an effort made to develop an organization in West Virginia this might have been avoided. Granted the laws are biased against us and they need to be fought, but the LP waited until the last moment to get going. But then who was in charge of this effort as well as running the office for some years?


  2. Good news. Fewer conservatives on the ballot is a better result.

  3. How about a headline “Barr disqualified from State and local Libertarian Activism”.

    I’ve believed for some time that Barr is not in the LP for any other reason than to rekindle his failing political career by
    trying for and getting the LP presidential nomination. He KNEW that the LP has the BEST ballot access for an alternative party. He also knew that his reasonably high name recognition would give him a great boost for getting delegate votes in Denver. How naive and short-sighted such delegates are (Are you listening Steve Dasbach,and others!)

    It has come to my attention that there will be a Barr event at UCF in Orlando, Florida later this month. Interestingly, I have also learned that the Barr campaign neither contacted the LPF chair Karl Dickey, the LP of Orange County chair J.J. McCurry, nor any of the Central Florida Barr Meetup organizers regarding this event.

    In short, Barr is all about promoting Bob Barr, and not the LP in general, and especially not the local and state parties or candidates.

    Thankfully, Barr will likely become completely inactive within the LP by Jan ’09, and hopefully never to return.


  4. For the sake of clarification I am not suggesting approval, or disapproval of Bob Barr. I do think these laws that restrict the choices voters have need to be stricken from the books.

    BTW not days after Barr announced for the office it was obvious to me that it was a search for names for a mail list and little else and I posted such somewhere in cyberspace.


  5. After having read much of the comments at BAN, but not all.

    I have three questions that maybe someone can answer.

    How many LP members are there in WV?

    What date was it possible to begin getting signatures for the petition?

    What date did the LP actually begin doing so, or about what date did the LP begin doing so?



  6. Hello Friends!

    This is Jake Witmer, and I have yet another fired and disgraced petitioner story for your blogs, and now the “disgruntled” petitioner is me! Yikes!

    The FWD below is my response to Shane Cory’s attempt to slander me, and smear my reputation, after I went out to WV to try to save their floundering petition drive, and was rewarded with nothing but hostility, breaches of contract, and rank incompetence. After I “replied-all” to Shane’s smear letter, Sean Haugh (one of the people that Shane carbon copied in his letter) informed me that his prior offer for me to work in Connecticut, with all expenses paid, was rescinded, and that I was not allowed to work in any state for the LP. (I guess that his ability to interfere with petition drives (and drive up their cost) is considered a benefit by some people, who have a lot of money and no political experience.)

    I guess I was just supposed to remain silent about the defamation of my character, allowing my silence to imply that the allegations against me are correct. That would have worked out nicely for all the incompetent people who are trying to squeak salaried careers out of LP donations, for doing nothing.

    If Shane Cory had bothered to relay the information to me that the great location I had sought in WV had been broken open (by the great work of Austin Peterson at 1-800-ELECT-US), then perhaps he would have received more than an average of 87 signatures per day from me. If Cory had bothered to sign the contract I mailed to him, and refer to it, then perhaps he would have had more than an average of 87 signatures per day from me. If he had obeyed the oral contract he had made with me that took the place of the written contract he failed to sign and return (as promised), then perhaps he would have had more than an average of 87 signatures per day from me.

    Also, if I had found out what I found out on the last day of the drive was the best location in WV, a little earlier, I would have produced dramatically more signatures. …Bad luck, in a state with little access to good petitioning locations. If I ever come back to WV to petition again, I will know exactly where to go, having broken open 3 locations myself (two of which were lying fallow during the last week, since I needed them as backups due to the extreme hostility of Shane Cory). I will also be able to hire petitioners and get them producing, because in the future, the LP will have fired people like Shane Cory, and will not dare to let them eliminate full states of ballot access for the LP by actively preventing the job from getting done.

    I will forward the letter where the infant known as Sean Haugh informs me that he is going back on his word to send me to Connecticut, based on my response to someone else’s defamation of my character, that only included him, because he had been CCed by Shane Cory.

    Until Sean was dumb enough to fire me for no reason, this would have remained a private communication. Since I can no longer work for the Party whose ideals I most agree with, I no longer have any incentive to shelter Sean Haugh from the negative repercussions of his unforgivable incompetence.

    I hereby join the quickly growing crowd of people who are demanding that Haugh be fired, and hopefully the evidence herein will help convince those who are sitting on the fence that Haugh is doing immense damage to their party.

    (Incidentally, I had several locations in Hartford Connecticut to petition at, as well as an offer to return to the state to work from the people I had worked for in CT in 2004. Of course, this means nothing to Sean Haugh, who is a small man on a power trip.)

    If Connecticut fails or costs too much, it will thus be the direct result of Sean Haugh’s incompetence. (Again, how many petition signatures have Shane and Sean gathered? How many new libertarians have they sent into the field and made productive? I’ve trained and recruited well over 10 productive new libertarian petitioners in Texas alone.)

    I was really looking forward to petitioning in CT, since I have such great places to work, and was certain to have high signature counts for the remaining 5 days. Luckily, I checked my email before I left, because the moron known as Sean Haugh didn’t leave me a phone message or bother to call me to tell me he had preemptively fired me. I guess he wanted me to get to Connecticut and find out I had no job, having created billable expenses for the National LP, which a lawyer would ahve forced the LP to eventually pay. …Pretty smart!

    It’s becomining easy for me to see what all the controversy is all about. At first I held out against agreement with the LP petitioners like Andy Jacobs and Gary Fincher. I tried to imagine myself having been given a cushiony salaried position at national, and whether or not I actually would have gotten drives done effectively and completely without generating controversy. I don’t know the answer to that question, because it never happened. I also tried to avoid prematurely convicting Sean or Shane based on my personal likes or dislikes of them (initially I liked Shane, and disliked Sean, based on personal communications with them). I also tried to understand that they might have minor failings that would disappear with time, and to not be totally against them, unless they caused massive errors that meant that they should not remain employed. Well, those errors have been made, many times over. The list grows longer every day.

    After the LP finally found a few people who are competent at running petition drives, they promoted those people beyond their level of expertise, and have suffered dramatically for it.

    Haugh may not have any competencies. Shane Cory may well have been a good web designed, and a fair executive director for the party (I don’t really know). But neither of them should be involved in any way with real political work that needs to be well organized and quickly completed. Ballot access drives fall into this category of essential work.

    All of the controversy surrounding them could be eliminated if someone as competent as Bill Redpath were to take over the ballot access drives again. 2004’s ballot access drive ran much more smoothly than the current one has.

    At one point I thought it would be destructive to fire Haugh, so close to the end of the petition drives. I no longer believe this. After all, everyone knows it is Scott Kohlhaas doing the work anyway, with Sean as his admin puppet.

    I may not agree with the Constitution Party 100%, but I will say this: they have walked away with the LP’s best petitioners because of Haugh, Kohlhaas, and Cory. In addition, they benefitted massively from the LP running concurrent drives in the same states as their ballot access attempts, and were smart enough to capitalize on this, in addition to taking the high road and extending the olive branch to the LP by offering reciprocal arrangements that were turned down by Cory, et al. Of the three, only Kohlhaas has any competence at all (and he simply needs a small amount of oversight from a Bill Redpath type of person in order to be kept honest, so that the Nebraska situation does not repeat itself.)

    If the National LP is seriously looking for a list of qualified people who could pick up the various ballot access drives, midstream, I can send them one. It’s not rocket science, it’s petitioning.

    In order to be a good petition drive coordinator you need three qualities:

    1) respect for other people, especially the people who will complete the work you want done

    2) willingness to ask other people for their opinions, and consider their suggestions to mutual problems

    3) a basic knowledge of what is realistic in a petition drive (Note to Mr. Cory: spending a bunch of money on local newspaper and radio ads to attempt to hire petitioners 2 weeks before a deadline is not realistic. You need to be fighting hard to bring in professional circulators with known high validity at that point. Thusly, you should not be turning away professional petitioners who can come to work for you.)

    For those interested or concerned at how the LP is conducting business these days, I will include the original letters that Shane Cory and Sean Haugh sent to me, so you can investigate the scenario fully. I imagine that will take more effort than most people can stomach, but if you’re interested in the truth, here it is. My silence is no longer necessary, regarding Sean’s incompetence, since “I’ll never work in the Libertarian Party again!”.

    Keep in mind that all that Haugh had to do to prevent this latest blowup, is to shut his mouth, and step aside, and let the work get done, without lifting a finger. But I guess that takes a larger mind and a smaller ego.


    -Jake Witmer, libertarian and former Libertarian Party petitioner and activist


    “Shane, Sean, screw you guys, …I am going home.”

    (Said in voice of Eric Cartman from South Park.)


    Subject: RE: Smear Letter Response From (Tired) Jake
    Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 13:06:03 +0000


    I’m tired of you running around on a petty powertrip, failing to perform adequately as a coordinator, and repeatedly breaking your oral contract with me, and the Barr campaign (since I assume they wanted to be on the ballot in WV).

    If someone other than you is available at the Statehouse for me to turn my signatures into today, then the Barr campaign will have a few more signatures, as agreed to last night by Mike Fergusen and myself. I will not take phone calls from you, because I can get irrationality and poor treatment from anyone, and it serves no purpose in my life.

    Had the Barr campaign fired you weeks ago and delegated your job to myself or Christina Tobin, or Edie Baggett, or anyone with common sense, Barr would be comfortably on the ballot here in WV. (And no, in no scenario do I gather all of the signatures myself. It’s called delegation and cooperation. You should look into those ideas.)

    I hate to lower myself to your level, but you are really starting to annoy me, so it might be necessary. You have 24 hours to rescind your prior libelous remarks and promise me full payment of all expenses and payments, as I left the deal with Mike. Don’t confuse what I’m saying: I know I am dealing with you, and that Mike is your subordinate in dealing with me. I am not claiming he has any say in the matter.

    I am holding you directly accountable for your word. I will see you at the final turn in, at the state house. I work for Barr/Root 2008, and not you, since you are a liar and a fool, and not representative of such fine candidates.

    You are hysterical, incompetent, and barking delusional power-tripping orders to the end, I see. But are you right about anything? Let’s re-examine some of the facts in question:

    …1054 signatures + 548 signatures (all photocopied, since I knew I was dealing with someone who makes idle promises and then forgets them)
    = 1,602 signatures in 19 days (84 signatures per day). Not the best I’ve ever done, to be sure… But is it worth it to your goals to try to cheat me out of expense money that you had offered in your oral contract (backed up with logged emails)? Ask yourself if it’s worth it, because you have 24 hours to rescind your email and offer me a public apology (this is only going to the people you CCed in your email. After that, it goes public, to the blogs, to my lawyers, to the radical caucus, and anyone else who will listen. I’m pretty sure that your day will be ruined at least as much as mine is by worrying about losing expense money that I was promised.).

    Where do I start? If you had listened to anything I had said, the WV drive would have been a resounding success. We began with plenty of time to meet the ~20,000+ signature mark. As it is now, it’s not likely.

    …Can it all be the fault of one petitioner, who promised the irrational and then didn’t deliver? Or is it more likely that TOTAL MISMANAGEMENT caused this failure? After all, a petitioner is limited in what they can achieve in terms of signature count, and what they WILL LIKELY achieve is roughly known to fall between 500 to 1,500 signatures per week (assuming they are properly circulating / checking to see if people are registered voters).

    So do you estimate on the high side of that for petitioners, counting on yelling and hysterics to increase the signature count, or do you get rational and simply bring in more professional petitioners?

    1) You agreed to send over a signed contract to my email (that I had insisted on, because you seemed a tad delusional/incompetent on the phone, which is why I imagine you found it impossible to bring the necessary petitioning manpower into WV). I guess you agreed with no intention of delivering, simply to get me into the car and get me going (you said it would be in my inbox soon after I left, and surprise, it never arrived!). I left Illinois on your oral contract, which apparently meant nothing to you, because you instantly violated it. You also never sent the written contract, which –if anything you say is true– would have protected you more than me. …Smart!

    2) I called Austin Petersen at the LP national HQ for location help “breaking open” a K-Mart one week before the final turn-in. All the K-Marts in Charleston were no-go with their management. It turns out Austin called you back with a pristine location in Huntington, that I pulled a couple hundred signatures out of, the last 2 days. So the whole time I was getting kicked out of places last week, you were sitting on a great location that had noone producing there. (I’ll be there again, today, to try to compensate for your gross underperformance as a coordinator.) …Smart! You sure were able to send me a lot of inane and threatening text messages during the time you wanted me to turn in. Why not the one single message that was intended to be relayed to me, and the one that would have given you another 500-1,000 signatures, easily?

    3) I roughly met my quota, in spite of fighting your insane tempermental irrationality the whole drive. I have no idea why you were poisoned against me the entire drive, but since you told me —and I quote– “Jake, you know you’re hard to work with” every time you talked to me, I guess someone must have told you that. It didn’t sound like you came up with it yourself.

    I’ve never met anyone who likes to be told they’re hard to work with. Said another way: beating the cow doesn’t often produce milk. This is just management 101, but I thought you might find it useful. Moreover, let’s say you’re right about petitioners, and they are all just “manual labor that can be hired out of a bar” (one of your past quotes). Would they produce more for a manager who looks down on them and ignores any suggestions they have, or produce less for such a manager? I think you can figure this one out eventually, I just wish you’d find it out as a McDonald’s manager, not a ballot access manager for the federal political candidates I intend to vote for.

    4) But was I really hard to work with? Did I ever insist on anything we had not discussed and agreed upon over the phone? …I am not a travel coordinator by profession. You agreed to take care of travel expenses, as they were incurred, since otherwise I couldn’t afford to come out to WV. When the travel companies had a problem using a debit card, your travel person couldn’t figure out how to make it happen. I had to do her work for her, because she got frustrated with finding a car rental place that could take a debit card. It took me about a day to do so. How much of the problem was you telling her “I am hard to work with” (repeated ad nauseum), I have no idea.

    …So you took her off of providing me travel expenses, and replaced her with _nothing_. This left you in the position of randomly estimating (lowballing) my expenses and making me pay out of pocket for the difference. …Causing me to overdraft my bank account, and rack up $100 in overdraft fees. ….The exact opposite of our agreement. …And exactly what I was afraid of when your childish temper first exhibited itself.

    4) I had several suggestions for you that –in fact– would have saved the WV drive. —But noone wanted to buck your authority. —I have no idea why, since any authority you have is totally undeserved. Where was your first successful petition drive managed? …Just curious. I did 18K signatures in roughly 2.5 months in Texas (75 days), for which I was thanked profusely by more competent managers than yourself. This was an average of 240 signatures per day. Of course they paid me a small amount extra to organize other petitioners. –Something you summarily dismissed out of hand, even though my terms would have been very cost effective.

    5) If you make any additional hassle for me, or fail to pay me what I’m owed, or fail to rescind your prior remarks, the entire world will learn in great detail –from me– that you have zero competence at managing petition drives. I have a lot of evidence, so much that it will take approximately a week to organize it all.

    6) One way to save any drive: bring in an adequate number of petitioners, and extrapolate their future numbers based on their first turn in: If that number is too low, hire more petitioners, and do what you can to get them working (like relaying vital messages —such as the one Austin Peterson had for me– in access-poor areas). If you don’t have the money, telemarket fundraise until you do.

    DON’T: Burn money trying to hire worthless locals (the money could be better spent on travel expenses on proven petitioners. The guys who did 700 per week for me in IL for Ron Paul were golden. Did I have people who did more? Yes, but that’s irrelevant. I’d rather have producers who produce less but will go where I tell them, and make the most out of a bad location.). It’s alright to hire locals if you have lots of time, and patience, and are willing to train them yourself. If not, it’s a sure way to fail. (Then again, you’re quoted as saying that you can just “walk into any bar and hire petitioners”. Is that a correct quote? If so, ….Smart!)

    7) I’ve been told that there was money left in the account to pay for signatures that were not collected. Can you tell me why you turned away several pro petitioners who wanted to come out, including one that you would have not been paying motel for, because he could easily double up with me? He found a deal that would have gotten him out here and producing independently for $850 (flight + rental car). He was in California, 2 weeks ago, his name is Mike Plested –you spoke to him on the phone. You offered to give him gas money up to $600 instead, even if he would only be getting a ride here. So let me understand this: A petitioner on the ground, with free hotel, and a rental car and the corresponding autonomy on the ground two-three days earlier, is less valuable than $150? Did I do that math right? Gee, yeah, I think I did!!!! …Smart! Did they teach you that at Camp Pendleton?

    8) Either you can or you cannot pay for travel expenses. If you can’t and you say you can, then the fault is yours for offering, and you should not complain at all about money that was already axed from your budget. …Unless you like whining about things you have no control over, instead of addressing the issues at hand. Perhaps you would have gotten more signatures out of me if you had relayed Austin’s message to me via one of your incessant and frantic messages. At that point, I was rapidly figuring out that it didn’t pay to talk to Shane Cory. Shane exacerbates problems, and there is never any solution other than “get hysterical, bark orders”. I was really looking for a good place to plug in and circulate that would get me close to my first day of signature gathering, which was at a Wal-Mart parking lot here, where I got 230 signatures.

    9) I think you, Shane Cory, have severe short-term memory problems, as indicated above. (It’s either that, or it’s a basic problem with honesty.)

    10) You dare to try to slag my reputation? You dare to forward and CC a bad report about my production, literally caused by your incompetence that has gravely endangered this drive, after every petitioner I know said I was a fool to go into West Virginia when there was “easier money” elsewhere? They said this because you clearly had no idea what you were doing, and the drive was understaffed and mismanaged from the beginning, and likely to be called off as a floundering flop? (I guess they know you.) So even though this was obvious to the casual observer, you rejected out-of-hand my signature-increasing suggestions, until you realized they were exactly correct, and then implemented and tried to take credit for them?

    (Christina Tobin and the Constitution Party circulators finally convinced you that she and they were “friends with the mutual goal of ballot access for all third parties”, months after you rejected her help. The same thing happened with the CP circulators on the ground. Had you utilized them from the beginning, we would NOT BE SHORT SIGNATURES AT ALL, RIGHT NOW. Yet you came up with the idea that the CP was “Out to get us”.)

    …Amazing! I guess paranoia is only a Libertarian trait when it’s counterproductive.

    11) THIS PART IS A PERSONAL ATTACK AGAINST SHANE, AND IS SIMPLY INCLUDED BECAUSE OF HIS PERSONAL ATTACKS ON ME: I am not surprised in the least that you were given the choice of being fired or of resigning from your post at the national LP HQ. You are a web designer who has been promoted vastly beyond your level of competence. The proof is in the result of WV’s low signature count.

    Every effort that I made to shed a little light into the petition drive coordination process was met with 100% ignorant opposition from you. (You seemed to be angry that right off the bat I did not have superhigh production. Well, petitioners are autonomous. The best thing you can do is not try to ride or micromanage your own team. As you can see, being a hysterical micromanager who goes back on his own word, sticking petitioners with expenses you promised to pay for really doesn’t work out too well.)

    12) You bear 100% of the responsibility for the WV drive’s failure. When there was enough time left to save the drive, you heaped scorn and derision on me for suggestions that have saved much more difficult drives. You were once quoted as saying that “If you were short of petitioners, you would just hire a few out of the nearest bar”.

    How has having complete contempt for petitioners worked out for you, Shane? Is your drive a success?

    I’ve worked on a lot of successful drives in the past, but I have never encountered anyone as foolhardy, arrogant, and outright irrational as yourself.

    13) The aforementioned unforgivable blunders above don’t even mention the facts that
    …1) I figured out that the petition sheets were being filled in incorrectly, and corrected you and Mike Fergusen about them. You had both previously TOLD me to fill them out incorrectly (Mike acted on orders from you), but I didn’t listen to you, and it turns out I was right. I pointed this out to the Nader people, since they were misinformed as well. They realized that they had handed in 7,000 invalid signatures, because of this exact same mistake (could you afford to hand in 7,000 invalid signatures?). But nevermind doing things right, full speed ahead! Nevermind checking the important facts! Good ‘old Jake Witmer can just shut up and petition, because that’s why Shane Cory gets paid the big bucks! …Smart!
    …2) You paid my expenses and then fired me (right after I landed in WV). Then you “rehired me” because you realized how irrational that action was! (But I’m “hard to deal with”). NOTE: this was after I had just landed on the ground in WV, and been stiffed on the agreed upon motel expenses, having paid them out of pocket. The oral agreement (that you instantly forgot) was that you front them to me (via the Barr office’s travel coordinator), so I was not screwed for food and motel expenses, and worrying about how I was going to juggle everything. For those reading this who are uninvolved: You have a petitioner who has just landed, been stiffed on his agreement, and called your office seeking contract fulfillment: What do you do? If you want signatures, regardless of the situation, you …FIRE HIM? (all because the office wants to know why petitioners are calling the national office irritated that they are putting off paying agreed-upon expenses?)
    …3) You note that my production was a little low. Well, fine, extenuating circumstances were agreed to be taken into consideration. I just didn’t know that the biggest stonewall to my production would be “Shane Cory, coordinator”. By the way, Shane, how many signatures did you collect in the blazing, humid, WV heat? I’m interested to find out, since a one-armed, blind monkey could have done a better job coordinating the WV drive than you did.
    …4) Are you aware that for 2 days I sat around in WV without having the correct petition because of your rank incompetence? You told me to fabricate my own petition, based on the information available at , assuring me that they correct information for Wayne Root’s address would be listed there. I stayed up late on the second night here, after racing around and getting credentialed by various counties here (also unnecessary for a petitioner to be doing, it turns out, just as I had figured out on my own, and tried to tell you. The credentialing process works for parties, not individual petitioners. It’s amazing how simply asking the people on the ground often gave me a correct answer, verified or flasified with simple fact-checking. You heard it first with me, then later you told me I was right, without admitting it, after having admonished me that I was “just a petitioner” and that you had it “all under control”). All my work creating a new petition, and getting past a printing bug in my crappy freeware software was wasted due to your lack of planning. That put my starting date at 7/12/2008 instead of 7/11/2008, because you assured me you had sent the file to my email. I then paid my first night’s hotel bill out of pocket, also contra our oral contract.

    If you stonewall payment for me, you will be contacted by a lawyer, as you will be if you do not retract every negative statement you made about me to everyone you forwarded your vile little email to. I know many pro-bono lawyers who drool over cases like this one, and upon arrival in Chicago I will have nothing to do but wait for my latest loan to fund, and send them emails and phone calls all day long.

    …It’s as much of a big deal as you want to make it.

    Advice: grow up Shane, and —if someone is dumb enough to give you a “next time”— take advice from people who know how to run petition drives. (People like Christina Tobin, for instance, who begged you to enter a reciprocal time and money saving agreement with her ALREADY ON THE GROUND AND PRODUCING NADER PETITIONERS that would have saved the LP Barr 2008 WV drive, had you acted on it much earlier. For your information, SHE is a Libertarian Party Member, even though she is Nader’s ballot access coordinator. See, Shane? …Not everyone is “out to get you”. …Just the people you alienate with you idiotic marine drill sergeant mannerisms that are grossly unsuited to voluntary human cooperation.)

    …YOU, my friend, are EXTREMELY hard to deal with. (And infantile. And worthless.)

    I can and did hire Edie Baggett for Ron Paul’s successful petition drive in Illinois. Anyone can do that. Her petitioners are usually pretty good. I imagine they did fine for you. …And I’m glad she and other professsional petitioners outperformed me, and brought value to the WV campaign. It’s coming up with imaginitive sources for petitioners under budget that makes one a “good coordinator”. Did you “make it happen”?

    Or did you ignore the petitioners I sent you, and make them not work out, even though they were ready to get on a plane and had found reasonable deals?

    Again, I ask: did you, Shane Cory, WV petition drive coordinator succeed or fail in WV, for Barr/Root 2008?

    BTW: I am incredibly likely to surpass my roughly agreed-upon quota today, the last day of petitioning.

    If Scott Kohlhaas wants to, his and Sean Haugh’s professionally-managed effort in Connecticut can happily and easily ignore your hysterical command for me to go back to Chicago with the rental car.

    I need to stop wasting my time in the Shane Cory marines, and go out and petition, now.

    I urge you to not waste any more of anyone’s time, Shane. Lord knows, you’ve taken enough of mine with your unpleasantness. I need to get out and finish petitioning, since I REALLY WANT WV TO BE ABLE TO VOTE BARR/ROOT, AND THAT’S THE REASON I WENT TO WV, AND NOT ALABAMA. TO LOSE A STATE THAT WAS DOABLE WHEN YOU TOOK THE HELM WAS, AND REMAINS, UNACCEPTABLE TO ME.

    …Too bad you can’t say the same for yourself, because then Barr/Root would be assured of 49 States of ballot access.

    NOTE: If Shane is fired because of his gross negligence in WV, I will happily deal with his replacement, using simple logic that was denied to Shane by his creator(s).

    Best Regards,

    Jake Witmer

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    Subject: Re: Expense Report – Jake
    Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 00:15:02 -0400

    (NOTE: the following letter from Shane Cory is the one that he sent to Sean Haugh, after Sean had hired me to do CT. When I replied to Shane, I CCed the people he had CCed. I was simply defending my reputation. Sean then fired and blacklisted me, as is becoming his signature irrational “move”. I altered the following letter to include the truth, but will include the original soon.)


    Turn in you car immediately. You will not be paid until that receipt is in our hands. We will also cover no further expenses past the point when you were instructed to turn in last week, thus giving several lawyers in Chicago wet dreams, and further hobbling the Barr campaign with Shane Cory’s rank incompetence.

    You have failed to meet your quota on top of behaving completely unprofessionally by refusing to turn in once per day (and risk being fired on the spot, since that’s my signature “powertrip” move) or to take my hysterical, ranting calls.

    It should also be noted that all but one of the professional petitioners outperformed you, even though this is irrelevant, and has nothing to do with your contract, despite arriving well over one week after you and none of them had the luxury of a rental car or a $1,300 advance. So you should be humbled by their agreeing to a worse deal than you agreed to, for no valid reason.

    The only one you outperformed went home sick after three days. …Unless you count Shane Cory. You outperformed him, but also handed him the tools to save the drive, to which he responded with mindless contempt and repeated innuendos he had heard about you, and caused the drive to fail anyway.

    Best sarcastic and condescending regards,

    Shane Cory

    Mobile: 540-446-9111

    On Jul 31, 2008, at 11:56 PM, wrote:


    Here’s the expense report. Please fill in the rental car expenses and other applicable expenses and send in with your updated receipts.

    Shane, we are in receipt 1054 signatures. Jake doesn’t have his car rental receipt yet because he is still using the vehicle.

    The other receipts I do have turned in are:

    * 7/10 hotel room during trip here – $54.90
    * 7/11 hotel room during trip here – $46.36
    * 7/10 gasoline – $26.39
    * 7/10 gasoline – $45.90
    * 7/10 gasoline – $47.69
    * 7/18 gasoline – $47.03
    * 7/24 gasoline – $20.00
    * 7/31 gasoline – $30.00

    Please review the numbers and wire him the monies due.

    Mike Ferguson

    Time for vacation? WIN what you need. Enter Now!

  7. Hi, Jake. Your comment got caught in the spam filter, undoubtedly due to the number of links (by default, Akismet catches everything with two or more links). Sorry for the delay in posting, and I just wanted to make sure you knew it was not intentional on LFV’s part.

  8. How many LP members are there in WV?

    What date was it possible to begin getting signatures for the petition?

    What date did the LP actually begin doing so, or about what date did the LP begin doing so?

    1. Most recent numbers I know of are at

    I think that says 55.

    2. The CP was circulating its petition quite a few months ago, and belatedly found out it could have done so a lot earlier.

    3. Not sure, but my understanding is that the bulk of the LP signatures were gathered in July.

  9. […] on the heels of the failure in West Virginia (additional discussion at Ballot Access News and Last Free Voice), Ballot Access News […]

  10. Thanks Paul. Sad story if I do say so do to a lack of planning and simply thinking this through.

    BTW I need a picture to post here. Anyone have one of a mastiff dog? Maybe I can find one.


  11. Maybe if West Virginia’s “State Chair” was spending less time smoking pot and sleeping around with someone else’s wife (and cheating on his own) and more time actually doing his job this would of been handled a bit better?

  12. […] in September, so theres no compelling reason to have independents submit signatures sooner. Barr disqualified for West Virginia ballot Last Free Voice The "compelling reason" is to limit access. We need to have an overhaul of campaign […]

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