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Wes Benedict applies for National LP Executive Director position

In Libertarian on August 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm
Wes Benedict

Wes Benedict

You can view the entire cover letter and resume in PDF format by clicking here.

Additional links to Wes Benedict’s work:

Libertarian Party of Texas

Wes Benedict’s LNC blog

Wes Benedict for County Commissioner

Wes Benedict’s Letter to Bill Redpath:

Dear Chair Redpath:

In order to make it better, I would like to serve as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party. Please find my attached resume.

I believe my proven experience with strong results working as a volunteer and paid staff for the Libertarian Party makes me an excellent candidate. I’ve routinely been able to motivate Libertarians in Texas by bragging about what we’ve already accomplished. Nationwide, I think the Libertarian Party has been suffering from a credibility crisis with too much bragging about what’s going to happen, only to be followed up with excuse after excuse for failures.

I have dual master’s degrees in business and engineering, have bought, run and sold my own company, and have consulted all across America and internationally for businesses people have actually heard of.

I have thick skin, thrive on attacks from opponents, and don’t care what the press or blogs are saying about me. In fact, I love the smell of flame wars in the morning!

Nevertheless, partly due to my strong leadership and competent management, you’ll find the infighting in Texas is remarkably low and we have fun. I believe the LNC would be calmer with me on board as well.

When I took over as CEO of a business in 2000, most of the workers stayed on. Eventually I had to chase off a few who were either stealing or deliberately sabotaging their coworkers. But in general, my role was to find solutions to chronic problems which boosted our imperfect employees’ productivity.

Although as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas I spend most of my time on politics and assisting candidates, I’m responsible for fundraising and we’re breaking records.

As the National LP Executive Director, I see my immediate priority to be fundraising and membership growth, something I love working on.

I require a starting salary of $85,000 per year plus health insurance and up to $5,000 in relocation expenses. I prefer to start January 1, 2009, but may be available earlier.


Wes Benedict

  1. I only know Wes Benedict by reputation and occasional online correspondence, but I think he’s an ideal candidate. If he can do half as much for the national LP as he seems to have done in Texas, he is well worth the cost. Moreover, he seems to get along with members of all factions.

  2. My litmus test would be whether he would vote to suspend Barr & install a fusion ticket.

  3. The Executive Director would have no such vote, being a party employee, not a committee member. Also, by January 2009, I expect the point would be moot.

  4. Go for the gold Wes!! Thanks for applying.


  5. I agree that Wes’s experience and dedication to the Libertarian Party of Texas demonstrates him as the best candidate for the job. I know that the dividing that the current Executive Director’s office has pushed would come to an end almost immediately. LP National might have some hope after all, and I would feel that the party is secure with Benedict running day to day operations.

    I hope Redpath has the sense to pick the best man for the job.

  6. I have two questions for Wes.

    Why would Wes apply for a position in which there might not be any money to pay him in the coffers to begin with?

    Will Wes get rid of the vagabonds at National who are currently running the show like Krause, Haugh and Kohlhass?

  7. Thank you Wes!

    You are the best candidate I can think of, even better than Chris (if you get the job, I hope you hire Chris on staff).

    I really did not think you would want it, but I’m glad I was wrong.

    I can think of no valid reason why they would hire anyone else even remotely likely to apply for the job. If they do, they will demonstrate utter contempt for the positions to which they have been elected and for the members of the party.

    My endorsement is probably not going to work in your favor, but here it is anyway.

    I think there is also a reasonable likelihood that you know that they will not hire you, because of personality conflicts overshadowing valid criteria. Thus, you can safely apply without risking relocating, and use them turning you down to expose the flawed nature of their decisionmaking process.


    Wes is a competent manager, and I trust he can make staffing decisions. The problem may not be so much current staff as lack of adequate management/oversight/direction over them. Or it may be the current staff. Wes is proven to be capable of making those decisions and adjust accordingly.

    For my detractors: I don’t say this out of any self interest. I did informally apply for an assistant ED position in Texas, and a couple of staff members there have been hired since that time, thus I am reasonably sure that Wes would not hire me.

    Which is perfectly fine.

  8. Will Wes get rid of the vagabonds at National who are currently running the show like Krause, Haugh and Kohlhass?

    Here, Wes (and any other candidate) cannot say yes and get the job. So he either has to be a criminal in league with Redpath and his cronies, or he has to be criminally deceptive in making them think he’ll go along with the spoils system, and then betray them once he’s hired.

    Either way, the next E.D. will not be a man of high moral standing, as far as I can tell.

    Hopefully I’m wrong and Wes will be hired and fire everyone in sight.

  9. That would leave out the possibility that everyone in sight, or at least some of them, can be redirected to function better.

  10. I could support a Benedict Executive Directorship. In fact, such a thing might even cause me to voluntarily keep my membership current. We need someone in a position of responsibility and accountability who can listen to (and understand) all sides of a story, not just “both” sides. 🙂 Besides, he’s from Texas, a state that’s been pretty active, fielding large numbers of candidates for elective office. …And that’s what the LP is supposed to do. If he’s had a lot to do with that, then GOOD. Maybe if he were nationally active, he could find leviathan’s soft underbelly, and take a nice stab at it (Wyoming? Alaska? New Hampshire? TBA?).

  11. An unrelated post but cool post, from my brother, Nathaniel (feel free to move this to its own heading, such as video surveillance of the state produces beneficial results, encouraging all libertarians to own and carry HD cameras, and to compare notes on the equipment they use. / Flex Your Rights / Videotaped Activism ):

    How bold! Right in front of the Colorado Rockies ball park in broad daylight on opening day! This officer has been on duty 8 years. Is this the first time he’s done this? Is he the only officer in his station that acts this way? Impossible! The other officers present didn’t flinch or say a word, they just participated.

    This and the countless other situations like this are why we should all carry some sort of videotaping device (preferably with audio) and document police incidents. The VICTIM here was FACING JAIL TIME until this video surfaced!! Had a camera not been rolling justice would not be prevailing.

    -Nat Witmer

  12. I have no idea if Wes is the best candidate for the job.
    This may be a situation where an outsider with no preconceived notions about the talents (or lack of) of the incumbent staff would do best. Lots of corporations don’t promote from within because they want a fresh perspective in the COO’s position. However, whomever takes this job better get along well with the Chair and majority of NatCom or his/her tenure will be very short. The delegates spoke when they re-elected Mr. Redpath and elected their new NatCom, so don’t be surprised if the new exec. director is compatible with them.

  13. I have no idea if Wes is the best candidate for the job.

    Where is the LP being much more effective than anywhere else these days? Oh, yeah, that’s right, in Texas.

    This may be a situation where an outsider with no preconceived notions about the talents (or lack of) of the incumbent staff would do best.

    So they can be led around by the nose.

    Lots of corporations don’t promote from within because they want a fresh perspective in the COO’s position.

    So they can be led around by the nose.

    However, whomever takes this job better get along well with the Chair and majority of NatCom or his/her tenure will be very short.

    If the chair and bare majority on NatCom wish to make it a personality club or faction struggle, rather than choosing to rescue the party from decline and collapse and starting to expand it.

    The delegates spoke when they re-elected Mr. Redpath and elected their new NatCom, so don’t be surprised if the new exec. director is compatible with them.

    Yes, if you want to perpetuate the decline of the party.

    The majority on the NatCom is far from overwhelming, and Redpath was not exactly reelected by acclaim. Certainly Barr and Root were not. And many people did not get to vote.

    Who is of more importance, a couple of hundred slightly-more-organized-than-the-other faction delegates or the party as a whole and the population segment we are supposed to be reaching out to and recruiting?

    If the hiring process is made to be about ego and factional dominance, as is likely, the results will be far from good from the organizational growth/expansion/decline perspective.

  14. Paulie, your last sentence says it all. They will either hire a toady or someone who will exercise independent judgement.
    That someone will have to be a leader and standup to NatCom if necessary. But it is foolish to believe Redpath and his faction are going to hire an ex. director who will oppose them at every turn. That doesn’t happen in real life businesses (because business can’t sell its product when there is a war going on between the Board and management.)
    So what is your realistic solution to this problem? In real life, minority Board members resign if they think things are going down the wrong path, or they respectfully make counter proposals and wait for the inevitable “I told you so” moment when the shit hits the fan and their side gets to become the majority. I don’t think it is right to carry on a destructive campaign against the majority from within the organization or you will end up inheriting something that is no longer worthwhile.

  15. Wes Benedict applies for Herculean task.

    Some of Hercules’ tasks:

    Slay the 9-headed Lernaean Hydra.

    The Second Labour of Heracles

    Upon reaching the swamp near Lake Lerna, where the Hydra dwelt, Heracles covered his mouth and nose with a cloth to protect himself from the poisonous fumes and fired flaming arrows into its lair, the spring of Amymone, to draw it out. He then confronted it, wielding a harvesting sickle in some early vase-paintings; Ruck and Staples (p. 170) have pointed out that the chthonic creature’s reaction was botanical: upon cutting off each of its heads he found that two grew back, an expression of the hopelessness of such a struggle for any but the hero, Hercules.

    In Greek mythology, Augeas (or Augeias, Greek: Αυγείας), whose name means “bright”, was king of Elis and husband of Epicaste. He is best known for his stables, which housed the single greatest number of cattle in the country and had never been cleaned until the great hero Heracles came along.

    The Fifth Labour of Heracles

    The fifth of the Twelve Labours set to Herakles/Hercules was to clean the Augean stables in a single day. The reasoning behind this being set as a labour was twofold: firstly, all the previous labours exalted Heracles in the eyes of the people and this one would surely degrade him; secondly, as the livestock were a divine gift to Augeas they were immune from disease and thus the amount of dirt and filth amassed in the uncleaned stables made the task surely impossible. However, Heracles succeeded by rerouting the rivers Alpheus and Peneus to wash out the filth.

    In Greek mythology, Stymphalian birds were man-eating birds with wings of brass and sharp metallic feathers they could launch at their victims, and were pets of Ares, the god of war. Furthermore, their dung was highly toxic. They had migrated to Lake Stymphalia in Arcadia to escape a pack of wolves, and bred quickly and took over the countryside, destroying local crops and fruit trees. Ridding the land of these birds was one of Heracles’ Twelve Labours, and some sources claim the Stymphalian birds were the same avians that attacked the Argonauts.

    The Sixth Labour of Heracles

    The forest around Lake Stymphalia was very dense, making it so dark as to impair vision. Athena and Hephaestus aided Heracles by forging for him huge bronze clappers (crotala), which scared the birds into flight. Hercules shot them down with his arrows, or according to other versions, a catapult. The birds that survived never returned to Greece.

    In the stories of Heracules and about Crete (an island of Greece) the minotaur was in the center of a huge maze. The maze was owned by the King of Crete and was used for the prisoners. The prisoners were told if they made it through the maze they would be free. Many took the deal not knowing that a minotaur was waiting to kill them as they passed through the center of the maze.

    The Seventh Labour of Heracles

    Heracles was compelled to capture the bull as his seventh task. He sailed to Crete, whereupon the King of Crete, Minos, gave Heracles permission to take the bull away, as it had been wreaking havoc on Crete. Heracles used his hands to strangle the bull, and then shipped it back to Athens.

    Cerberus was the hound of Hades, a monstrous three-headed dog with a snake for a tail and snakes down his back like a mane, whose analogs in other cultures are hellhounds. Other hell hounds included Orthus, his two-headed brother. Cerberus guarded the gate to Hades and ensured that spirits of the dead could enter, but none could exit (additionally, no living person was to come into Hades). Among his siblings are Chimera and the Hydra. He is the offspring of Echidna and Typhon. In Dante’s Inferno, he is described as having a human head. This symbolizes the possibility of Cerberus being more human than animal.

    Cerberus was overcome several times, with the aid of gods or supernatural talents:

    * Heracles’ final labour was to capture Cerberus, which he did by wrestling it into submission.

  16. I’ve had mostly positive experiences working with Bill Redpath. He’s not perfect and he’s had a very tough environment to work in. I strongly urged him to run for re-election and voted for him for Chair again in Denver.

  17. Just make sure you see the Crickenberger report

  18. If you get the gig, will all the bumper stickers at LP Stuff be available free?

  19. Wes, you’re right, Redpath is not perfect. He especially needs to learn how to use a gavel. He lost control several times in Denver. Contrast that to the sections Chuck ran which went smoothly. He lost a lot of votes in the first round for that very reason.

    He also lost a lot of votes because there is a consensus among a LOT of delegates and members that LPUS has the wrong focus, and that their areans should be federal legislation, helping the states work together, lobbying, and fundraising for ballot access, candidates, and the convention itself. National Party operations can and should be limited to those national areas, and there should be trust in the states to do the rest.

    If you get the job, I hope you can focus on those areas and turn things around.

  20. While a member of the LNC, Mr. Benedict actively funded the Presidential campaign of a Republican. He and his fellow LNC members voted to use LNC resources, moneys arising from donations of party members to support our party’s candidates, to support the Presidential campaign of the same candidate.

    He was hardly alone in this. For example, our Presidential candidate’s Leadership PAC spent the larger part of the current election cycle vigorously funding the campaigns of various Republic Senators, men whose stands were the opposite of Libertarian on a wide range of issues.

    Mr Benedict, in my opinion, has proven his lack of loyalty to our party.

    He is, in my opinion, totally unfit for this position.

  21. George Phillies:

    You bring up a good point. I’ve actually listed in detail over $7,552 in contributions I’ve made since 2007. You can see the details on the lower left side-bar of this website:

    Full disclosure: I have never voted for George Phillies for anything: twice not for National Chair and once not for President. I am very proud of those votes.

  22. I’ve had mostly positive experiences working with Bill Redpath. He’s not perfect and he’s had a very tough environment to work in. I strongly urged him to run for re-election and voted for him for Chair again in Denver.

    This makes Wes unfit.

  23. Being something of a rad I have had a few disagreements with Wes and probably will go to my grave with them. Yes he supported Bill Redpath and I would have liked to see Ruth Bennett in the Chair and Wes gave to the Ron Paul Campaign. Other than that what can I say?

    Not knowing who else had applied and knowing from what I see of be Wes’ track record in Texas it appears he knows how to run an organization, which is what the Executive Director’s job is last time I looked.

    Just because I may disagree with him on some issues, or maybe many, does not suggest he is not qualified for the job and he may be the best person.

    We need to look beyond politcal issues and at getting the job done And the job has not been getting done as well as it needs to be for sometime.

    I don’t want some one who agrees with me. I want someone who can get the job done.

    Michael H. Wilson; former Chair of the LP of Oregon and former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Multnomah Co. (Portland, OR), three time candidate and 27 plus years at a member of the LP.

  24. G.E. says:
    This makes Wes unfit.

    Wes says:
    It very well may boil down to who’s the least unfit yet willing. Show me a resume of a more fit and willing person and I might back them. But it better be someone with a proven track record in relevant circumstances. Non-relevant experience like working for self-funded billionaire Ross Perot is not enough.

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