The AIP of California is the Constitution Party affiliate. Briefly, the ex(?)- State Chairman, Ed Noonan, has announced that the party is disaffiliating from the CP and affiliating with Alan Keyes’ fledgling party, America’s Independent Party. (Note the possessive, but conveniently still with the AIP initials.) Other forces in the California AIP dispute this and claim Noonan is just disgruntled and acting alone. This is too tedious toÂ detail at length here so I will provide some links. Third Party Watch is covering the story.
My question is how much of this is the crazed doings of Ed Noonan and how much is actively being encouraged by Keyes and his supporters, particularly Tom Hoefling? It isÂ being trumpetedÂ on the Keyes’ website. If they are encouraging this, which I highly suspect, then what a bunch of sore losers. Keyes was beaten fair and square because the vast majority of the CP convention delegates didn’t support Keyes’ interventionist foreign policy. Why can’t they just accept that?
This is bound to go to court. California seems to have some rather arcane election laws regarding parties.