Monday, June 15, 2009

Michael W. Reid, Jr. & The Objectivist Party

Michael W. Reid, Jr. joined the Objectivist Party on February 2, 2008 on which date he was elected to serve on the Governing Board and designated Vice-Chair of the Objectivist Party.

On May 25, 2008, Mike Reid attended the National Convention of the Objectivist Party held at The Buckhorn Exchange in Denver, Colorado. At that convention at which Mr. Reid was a delegate, Thomas Robert Stevens (New York) was selected as the candidate of the Objectivist Party for President of the United States and Alden Link (New Jersey) was selected as the candidate of the Objectivist Party for Vice-President of the United States.

On June 8, 2009, the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Boston Tea Party voted unanimously to disaffiliate from the Boston Tea Party and its members sought a charter to organize as a new affiliate of the Objectivist Party.

The Governing Board of the Objectivist Party unanimously passed the following motion:

MOTION: that the National Committee grant a charter to a Pennsylvania affiliate of the Objectivist Party, which shall be known as Objectivist Party of Pennsylvania and that said charter be deemed granted as of June 8, 2009 upon the application of Michael W. Reid, Jr., who has been elected its first President.

Governing Board members Jeff Grizlo, Dallwyn Merck, Dodge Landesman, Dr. Tom Stevens, Alex Fitzsimmons and Michael W. Reid, Jr. all voted in favor of the motion and the Objectivist Party of Pennsylvania (OPPA) was formally chartered.

After the Objectivist Party of Pennsylvania was chartered, Michael W. Reid, Jr. failed to fulfill his duties as President, failed to schedule meetings, failed to communicate with Objectivist Party members living in his state, failed to seek out liberty-oriented coalitions, failed to send out any News Releases announcing the chartering of the affiliate, failed to schedule any activities and failed to exhibit the minimal degree of competence necessary to perform his responsibilities as President. Dr. Tom Stevens, Chair of the Objectivist Party, contacted Mike Reid and asked him whether he had any intention of rectifying the situation. Based on his response, the Governing Board removed Michael W. Reid, Jr. as President of the Objectivist Party of Pennsylvania on September 23, 2008, replacing him with John Breig.

For the next three months, Michael W. Reid, Jr. failed to take on any responsibilities in his capacity as Vice-Chair of the Objectivist Party or as a Governing Board member. He ceased communicating with the Chair of the Objectivist Party and in December, 2008, he switched his "Political Views" as listed on Facebook from "Objectivist Party" to 'Libertarian Party". As a result of these actions, Michael W. Reid, Jr. was removed as Vice-Chair of the Objectivist Party and as a Governing Board member on December 29, 2008.

During, January, 2009, multiple e-mails were sent to Mike Reid informing him that his free membership in the Objectivist Party had been extended through December 31, 2009 and noting that if he wished to resign, he would need to inform us of that fact. It became clear over the next few weeks that Mr. Reid had cut off all communication with party members and was not responding to any e-mails sent to him by OPPA President John Breig (who served from 9/23/08 to 11/18/08) or by his successor, Timothy Michael Schaible. As a result, the Governing Board of the Objectivist Party terminated the membership of Michael W. Reid, Jr. in the Objectivist Party effective February 10, 2009.

In Liberty,

Dr. Tom Stevens
Objectivist Party

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