Given the number of Libertarians who support Ron Paul, I have wondered whether it would be in violation of LP rules for state LPs to endorse a candidate from another party. I still haven’t looked into it, but Jake Porter has. Excerpted from his blog:
Another myth is that the Libertarian Party can support Ron Paul for the Republican nomination. Now, we will take a look at what the Libertarian Party bylaws say about this issue.
Article 6, 4: No affiliate party shall endorse any candidate who is a member of another party for public office in any partisan election. No affiliate party shall take any action inconsistent with the Statement of Principles or these Bylaws.
Libertarians often become very angry when Congress violates the United States Constitution. The Libertarian Party bylaws should be treated no differently. Additionally, I am told that many states have laws, not state party bylaws, but actual legislative law prohibiting one party endorsing a candidate of another party, or a candidate to be nominated by more than one party. I would need to look more into this to find out if it is true, but I have been told it is so. The Libertarian Party cannot, without violating our own bylaws, support a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination.
I haven’t really thought this through, beyond that it might be a good topic for discussion, but …… perhaps the Libertarian Party should court Ron Paul for the LP presidential nomination, if and when he is denied the Republican nomination.