I have known Ms. Harlos since 2014 when we both entered the Libertarian Party of Colorado’s Board together. We, along with the amazing people of Colorado, greatly expanded the party there. I have real history with Ms Harlos, both as a friend and a colleague. It was she who encouraged me not just to join state leadership in Colorado but also encouraged me to bring my voice to the LNC.
I ran to be the Region 1 Representative following her tenure and ran for At Large after my unsuccessful run for Vice Chair all in the name of helping to professionalize and legitimize this party on a large scale. To level us up, if you will. While I stand firm in my original reasons for running for national office and believe I have had specific and direct successes, I am now of the opinion that she no longer walks the same path. In recent weeks, I firmly believe that Ms Harlos has stopped representing and advocating for this Party in a way becoming of an officer.
She has engaged in hurtful and vulgar attacks on her fellow committee members, and encouraged the same from others, in a campaign of bullying and defamation calculated to intimidate and harass. This has occurred not just on her personal platforms but also during LNC conference calls, the business list, and other party resources.
Ms Harlos has refused to act within the decorum required of members on the national committee during meetings and on the email list despite a very recent vote in favor establishing guidelines for electronic communications. I would add that she voluntarily, along with all of us, unanimously passed these standards of communication in an effort to maintain decorum amongst ourselves as we negotiate the needs of the party via electronic means. When questioned about her behavior, she has even indicated that receiving a censure from this committee for her acknowledged bad behavior would be worn as a badge of honor despite our agreed to standards.
She has repeatedly and inappropriately attempted to interfere in the business of state affiliates. I have remained in contact with several state chairs and with members all over the country. I have received word that she has pushed for states, outside of her own, to pass resolutions and incite negativity to effect change on the LNC. As officer of this party in the role of Secretary, she has a responsibility to represent the thoughts and opinions of the Party as a whole and to maintain an air of neutrality on state concerns. She should not be encouraging or creating a movement within the states without LNC input as we are the governing body of the National Party, not state parties. As an individual, I do not like her actions but it is her right as an individual to behave as she believes appropriate. As an officer, however, that is quite another concern.
She has adopted a style of sexually charged insults and baseless defamation against both fellow committee members and members of the public which risks serious legal liability for the party.
She has attempted to entangle the national committee in baseless litigation premised on falsehoods and personal vendettas.
She has attempted to improperly monetize her position, including the repeated improper appropriation of party assets for that purpose, and refused to recuse herself or disclose in cases of relevant conflicts of interest.
She has engaged in a pattern of toxic, bullying, and destructive behavior incompatible with the good order and functioning of the national committee and detrimental to the purposes and best interests of the Libertarian Party.
I understand that I will not be popular for this opinion. On June 14, I expressed concerns regarding decorum and harassment and said then “Her behavior is wildly unacceptable as a professional leader…if this body is compliant, please formalize it so I know my place.” This motion will help me determine how this body truly feels about the behavior we have all observed. Our Party members deserve to know whether we support or condemn this sort of behavior as professional leaders of the third largest party in the United States and only “minority party” to be on the ballot in all 50 states repeatedly and consistently.
I have since received several specific and direct calls and personal requests from members to bring her up for suspension and have observed several more requests by reading across multiple social platforms. If we do not remove her from role, she will continue her behavior. If we simply censure, she will be empowered and has indicated it would be a badge of honor. I ask each of you to personally reflect and consider if our Party deserves this type of leader. I believe Ms Harlos is free to act as an individual and continue her behavior, which I find deplorable. I do not believe the behavior is appropriate for the Secretary of the National Libertarian Party.
I am seeking cosponsors for this motion.