TO CONTROVERSIES PAGE
NOTE: Steve Givot did beat Carol
for Secretary in 2002. In his last term he failed to produce any
minutes and then quit as Libertrarian National Committee ("LNC")
Secretary before the end of the term.
DUMP GIVOT CAMPAIGNS: 1993, 1998,
LNC Secretary Steve Givot is a controversial figure in the Libertarian
Party and on the Libertarian National Committee ("LNC"), where he is
serving his sixth. Carol Moore's run for LNC Secretary is
in part as an attempt to remove Steve Givot from serving in that, or
other position on the LNC. After reading the below about past
(1993, 1998, 2000) to dump him you may well agree that, at the very
it is time to "Term Limit Givot" whether he runs for Secretary or any
position on the LNC. February 14, 2002 version.
Givot's behavior during his previous two LNC terms was so egregious
respected long-time libertarian Don Ernsberger felt it necessary to
the flyer below to libertarian delegates before voting for National
members. (Steve also was a member and prominent spokesperson of
"Committee for a Libertarian Majority," an early effort to gut the
Party platform.) I myself was disgusted particularly by his
abusive behavior of Chair Mary Gingell, which I personally witnessed at
several National Committee meetings and read about in numerous
That is why I created and sold a large number of "DUMP GIVOT" buttons
the above during the convention. To the delight of many, Givot
defeated for the At-Large position.
information about CLM and link to
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Don Ernsberger busily and successfully distributed the leaflet below at
the 1993 Convention. That, the DUMP GIVOT buttons, and general
convinced a lot of people it was time to give Givot a rest. He
not re-elected to his At-Large position.
How Carol Moore
Ran Against Givot and Drove the Voting to Three Ballots
After three years in the wilderness, Steve Givot ran for the
National Committee as an At-Large representative in 1996. (There
wasn't no 1995 convention because the party switched to an even year
are the leaflet I distributed the first day of the convention when I
considering running for Secretary and a report on the voting that went
to three ballots.
MOORE RUN FOR SECRETARY??
I came to the 1998 Libertarian Party convention as a delegate
the District of Columbia and to promote libertarian decentralism at my
Non-Violent Secessionist Strategies booth. I went to the June 30
L.P. platform committee meeting to urge the committee to put “abolish
back in the platform.
What I saw there reminded me of something out of “invasion of the body
snatchers.” First there was a brief debate in which the words
controversial” were used a few times too often. Then the usually
abrasive and always opportunistic Steve Givot took over. He was
cool and calm as he manipulated the platform committee into going
his personal re-write of the platform. (Evidently they did
look at other libertarians’ proposals as they went.) I got the
feeling I was watching the movie the “Invasion of the Body
I left in disgust after two hours.
I later learned of the worst that the Givot-influenced platform
did. They gutted the hard-core and detailed defense of the right
to bear arms, making it a wishy washy statement that could be in the
Party platform. They gutted important details defending the
of immigrants. And they totally gutted the plank supporting
women’s right to be free of government interference in the matter of
They stated that since abortion is too controversial, the party should
have no position!
Well, drugs, homosexual rights, and military non-intervention are
controversial, too. Will Givot and crew gut those next?
I myself was particularly horrified by the move to strip women of the
Party’s defense of their rights to control their own bodies. I
others are organizing various protests against this horrific
We Won’t Go Back! If we gut this platform that will be the major media
story of the convention.
After this trauma, I learned that Steve Givot is the only candidate for
secretary of the Libertarian National Committee. As I talked to
on July 1, I became more determined that Givot has competition–even if
it has to be me!
So unless a serious and credible candidate who can beat Steve Givot
for Secretary of the Libertarian National Committee, I will run. (Note:
an individual did decide to run, but did not explain to me that he had
backing from some serious libertarians until right before the speeches,
by which time too many people were expecting me to give my speech and
I have sufficient qualifications for what is a simple and
job. I am a professional legal secretary. I’ve been a Libertarian Party
member since 1979. I have been Secretary of the New York City and
D.C. parties, Chair of the D.C. party and office manager of the Los
I know how to take succinct notes of resolutions and decisions and get
the minutes. I’m not afraid to demand people repeat their
and decisions until I have recorded them accurately. And I believe in
the minutes out immediately. I have attended about a dozen
National Committee meetings over the last 12 years and know how
they can be. I live in D.C. so can easily get to the two meetings
a year held there. I know how to fund-raise to pay for my trip
to make sure the notes get taken.
I have been an organizer and writer in the feminist, peace,
drug legalization and Waco Justice movements. I am the author of the
market paperback THE DAVIDIAN MASSACRE, published by Gun Owners
In my “Waco” activism I have spoken on dozens of radio shows and
on “Nightline,” the McNeil Lehrer report and two nationally televised
Help me tell Steve Givot and those who are embarrassed by the
Party and its “controversial” platform that Libertarians will fight for
liberty. We’ll do it in the streets, we’ll do it on the
floor, and we’ll do it on CNN by running for party office.
To talk to me more about this insult to the liberty of gun owners,
and women (who happen to be just about everybody on the planet) visit
at the D.C. delegation or at my “Non-Violent Secessionist
LP Convention Summary of Business - Sunday
The results of the first ballot for Secretary were: Givot 186, Moore
Bachrach 76, NOTA 8, write-in for Howard Stern 1, abstain 1. [state by
Because no candidate received a majority, a second vote was held
Givot and Moore. The results of the second vote were: Givot 209, Moore
182, NOTA 27, abstain 4, write-in Bachrach 1, write-in Tamara Millay 1.
Givot was elected on a third vote conducted by standing count: Givot
I didn't go to the 2000 Convention in Los Angeles. Maryland LP
Steve Boone ran a largely symbolic campaign against Givot. I did get
vote in that Secretary race--from my good friend Bruce Baechler.
Sadly, Bruce died after an automobile accident in September,
Visit my Bruce
Bachelor Memorial page.
And Bisson and Israel, too!!
As a member of the LNC since 1996 and, as Secretary, of the Executive
as well since 1998, Steve Givot is more responsible than most LNC
for the failings of the staff and national party, as well as the many
LNC/Staff controversies over the years. Just search for the word
in my controversy pages and
see what he's been up to! (In case I forgot to mention it, he's
one of the pro-war on Afghanistan hawks, so peaceniks beware!)
Steve Givot has indicated he's thinking about running for Secretary
If he does not, he conceivably could run for Atl-Large. Let's face it,
he's addicted to the LNC!
Just so Steve won't feel like I'm persecuting him, however, this time
made a button encouraging libertarians to dump as well two of his close
cronies, current Vice-Chair and Vice-Chair candidate Steve Bisson and
At-Large representative and Chair candidate Elias Israel.
these pages will tell you why they need to be dumped from the LNC.
Endorse Carol Moore for Secretary of LNC!
and buy the button!
only beat me by 27 votes in 1998 --
me trounce Steve Givot this time around!