Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Involvement Of Alex Fitzsimmons In The Boston Tea Party

Sometime prior to April 22, 2008, Alex Fitzsimmons joined the Boston Tea Party by registering at the party's website at http://www.bostontea.us/

On April 22, 2008, an Organizational Meeting for a New Jersey affiliate of the Boston Tea Party was held by teleconference. Bylaws were adopted and officers elected. Alex Fitzsimmons was elected President of the New Jersey affiliate of the Boston Tea Party (BTPNJ). A motion was made before the National Committee to grant a charter to the New Jersey affiliate. It passed by the required unanimous vote.

On May 8, 2008, Alex Fitzsimmons was appointed to serve as a voting At-Large National Committee member of the Boston Tea Party.

On May 25, 2008, Mr. Fitzsimmons attended an "informal" convention of the Boston Tea Party held in Denver, Colorado after the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the Libertarian Party had been selected at the Libertarian Party's National Convention. At that "informal" convention, George Phillies, Alden Link and Dr. Tom Stevens were placed nominated for future consideration as the candidate of the Boston Tea Party for President of the United States. On the recommendation of Dr. Tom Stevens, Vice-Chair of the Boston Tea Party, nominations remained open. All three candidates eventually withdrew their names as contenders for the nomination.

On June 8, 2008, a motion had been made to appoint three new individuals to vacancies on the National Committee of the Boston Tea Party. That vote was to be held open until midnight, Eastern Standard Time. However, Jim Davidson, the Boston Tea Party Chair, closed the voting ahead of schedule when his preferred side in the voting was temporarily in the lead. Mr. Davidson's preferences were made know since he granted posting privileges to some of the nominees to the btpnc Yahoo Group even though those people had not yet been appointed to serve. One even made a motion to censure a voting National Committee member and to take away his voting privileges. National Committee members objected to these actions and when Jim Davidson denied Alex Fitzsimmons the right to vote and wrongly claimed he had ended the voting at midnight when he clearly had not. Jim Davidson's response was as follows:

Voting was closed, by my declaration, whether I can tell time or not, whatever time zone I chose, as I see fit.

Within a day's time, Rocco Fama, Michael W. Reid, Jr. and Alex Fitzsimmons resigned from their At-Large positions on the National Committee of the Boston Tea Party. Mr. Fitzsimmons wrote the following resignation note to Jim Davidson on June 9, 2008:

Mr. Davidson, your behavior reeks of fascism. Political disenfranchisement is the stuff of homicidal absolutists. If you possessed a shred of honor, you would not have ostracized half of the National Committee by violating the bylaws. You have become drunk on power, power that you never possessed in the first place. And like our founding fathers who believed that at times it was necessary to dissolve the bonds that bind men together, I hereby resign as an At-large member of the National Committee. The New Jersey affiliate will no longer be associated with the Boston Tea Party and I hereby resign my membership in the party.

On June 9, 2009, Alex Fitzsimmons resigned his position as an At-Large member of the National Committee of the Boston Tea Party and as a member of that party. In addition, the members of the New Jersey affiliate of the Boston Tea Party voted that day to disaffiliate from the Boston Tea Party.

In Liberty,

Dr. Tom Stevens
Former Vice-Chair
Boston Tea Party

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