As crazy as it may seem, it appears there may be 4 Pro-Liberty/Tea Party Gubernatorial Candidates running for governor of New York State this November. Those candidates are Warren Redlich, Kristin Davis, Sam Sloan and Carl Paladino.
Warren Redlich, a Republican attorney from upstate New York, is the nominee of the Libertarian Party of New York. Kristin Davis, former Governor Eliot Spitzer's Madam, has recently stated her party will be called the Free Libertarian Party. Sam Sloan has recently been discussing the viablity of running for Governor as the gubernatorial candidate of a new Personal Freedom Party, a rival Libertarian Party and/or as the candidate of the Liberal Party. Carl Paladino, an upstate businessman who is challenging Rick Lazio for the Republican Party's gubernatorial nomination, is planning to petition to get on the ballot as the gubernatorial candidate of a newly formed Tea Party.
Davis and Sloan had sought to obtain the list of 300-400 eligible Libertarian Party of New York voting delegates so they could send them their campaign literature and encourage them to attend the LPNY State Convention that was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, New York where 40+ delegates handed the LPNY gubernatorial nomination to Warren Redlich. Upon being denied the ability to communicate with eligible voting delegates, Kristin Davis decided not to attend the LPNY State Convention and Sam Sloan filed a lawsuit, which did not result in the situation being rectified. Kristin Davis then committed to running on her own as the gubernatorial candidate of the Free Libertarian Party, which is the actual corporate name of the Libertarian Party of New York. Sam Sloan has been discussing financing a new Personal Freedom Party, a rival Libertarian Party or running as the candidate of the Liberal Party. Since the LPNY membership of Dr. Tom Stevens was suspended by the LPNY State Committee on June 6, 2010, there have been unconfirmed reports that three of the six LPNY nominated candidates for statewide office have been having discussions with Sloan, Davis and Paladino, seeking positions on their slate in protest to the unwarranted action that has been taken against Dr. Tom Stevens, who was recently described by Carl Person, LPNY's candidate for Attorney General, as one of the LPNY's "most principled and intelligent Libertarian activists" and by Carl Svensson of the Republican Liberty Caucus as "among the most intelligent and most effective local leaders in the LPNY."
Dr. Tom Stevens, the duly elected State Representative of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, said: "I have been encouraging all of the candidates nominated for statewide office by the Libertarian Party of New York, to stay on that slate and not to abandon it in protest. However, I am not certain how successful I will be. There has been serious talk of forming a new Libertarian Party in New York State and competing with the LPNY for national recognition and a number of officers in the Libertarian Party of Queens County have spoken of leaving the state party altogether. My response to all this talk has been to suggest that no precipitous actions be taken that will make matters even worse than they already are. I have no idea how all this will pan out but I can say without any hesitation that the political infighting present within the Libertarian Party of New York will continue to destroy our viability for years to come and that the same destructive forces will probably remain in the party while decent libertarians and new members get disgusted and leave."