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Libertarian Party of RI welcomes embattled state Rep. Dan Gordon as a member

September 22, 2011

The Libertarian Party of Rhode Island (“Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom”) has gained a high-profile member: state Representative Dan Gordon, who 1) was tossed out of the House Republican caucus earlier this month; 2) was revealed to have a criminal record in Massachusetts after he went to make a report to state police; and 3) has resisted calls to resign, saying he will instead go by the will of his constituents while planning a reelection run next year.

The LPRI has this to say about Gordon in a news release:

On September 21, he became a dues-paying member of the Libertarian Party.

It is not clear if he has changed his voter registration from “Republican” to “Libertarian.” If he does so, the state will consider him a registered independent, because the Libertarian Party has never been a qualified party in Rhode Island. However, the voter registration form includes a blank line for “political party” so he is free to write in “Libertarian” on the card.

Gordon supported Ron Paul for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, and says he has long been a libertarian by philosophy. His election to the Rhode House in November 2010 was extremely close; the vote was 2,707 for Gordon and 2,660 for his Democratic opponent. He represents the 71st district, centered on Portsmouth.

The next Libertarian State Committee meeting, btw, is as follows:

Monday, August 22 · 7:00pm – 8:30pm

@ Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane (Room 100)
Warwick, RI

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