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Monday, June 19, 2006

NY Libertarians Nominate Weld Replacement

Richard Cooper


Westbury, NY 6/20/06 By nominating John Clifton for Governor and Donald Silberger for Lt. Governor, the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) will restart its campaign for statewide ballot status which stalled when William Weld dropped out of the race on June 6th, according to LPNY State Chair Richard Cooper. John Clifton is a Navy submarine veteran, a social worker against the welfare state, and a former drug counselor against the war on drugs. The Jamaica, Queens resident of NYC says he is for freedom both personal and economic across the board. Clifton is expected to emphasize privatized educational options, property rights and marijuana legalization. Clifton, who is African-American, terms big government, eminent domain abuse, gun control and the welfare state forms of "neo-slavery." Clifton endorses Weld's proposal to exempt from NY income tax those who earn $75,000 a year or less. He plans to visit Albany on Monday, June 26th to campaign.

Donald Silberger is a SUNY-New Paltz math professor, whose primary focus is uniting the supporters of gun rights and drug legalization. He is troubled by our rising prison population of those who have done no harm to others. Both Clifton and Silberger have run for US Senate previously.

Weld withdrew his candidacy in a fax to Chair Cooper. "..., I am unable to pursue further the gubernatorial nomination of the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY).... I am grateful for LPNY's support and look forward to continuing to advance our mutual message of lower taxes and smaller government in the months and years to come." Cooper responded "I thank Mr. Weld for his encouraging words and hope that we will be able to work together again. Now, Libertarians will go forward with the message that what America and New York needs is to remove the Empire State from our lives." -30-.