By: Les Riley, Mississippi Constitution Party
Two weeks ago, I caused quite a stir by writing a piece on my personal blog stating my personal opposition to the candidacy of Alan Keyes for the Constitution Party presidential nomination. I posted this on my personal blog and made it clear that this was not an official statement from the Mississippi Constitution Party or the National Committee of the CP. Since then, we have held our state convention & voted in a non-binding poll to support Chuck Baldwin as our first choice & Don Grundman as our second, but we left it to our delegation to the National Convention to vote on our behalf. My little article on my little blog has since been a subject of discussion on Third Party Watch, on a pro-Alan Keyes Discussion forum, and in a whole series of e-mails two and about me. Also, a number of other state party leaders & activists have voiced their opposition to the nomination of Ambassador Keyes.
Some of his supporters have stated that I misunderstood or intentionally misrepresented Mr. Keyesâ€™ positions. I invited one of them to attend our state convention & clarify/ repudiate what I had said, but never heard back from him. I sent Mr. Keyesâ€™ National Campaign Director, Tom Hoefling, an e-mail saying that I would be willing to allow him to explain where I was mistaken about where I believe Keyesâ€™ positions are not in keeping with the principles or platform of the CP.I am often wrong and when I am not, I often state my case too boldly. As a follower of Christ, when this is the case, I want to be humble & quick to apologize and publicly correct my error. Thus far explanations or repudiations of my initial concerns have not been given â€“ beyond : a) assertions that I do not know what I am talking about; and b) questions about my â€œreal motivesâ€ that are so ridiculous & offensive that I will not dignify them with a response.
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