======== For Immediate Release ========
Monday, April 15, 2002
Mass Exodus from Reform Party Begins
plan new "America First Party"
Boulder, CO Today, 9 State Party
Organizations of the Reform Party of the United States of America announced
their decision to leave that national party. Additionally, nearly 30 national
committee members resigned from the Reform Party National Committee and six of
the 11 members of the Reform Party National Executive Committee also resigned.
"My state chose to take this step to protect itself and its candidates
from a dictatorial National Chairman who seems bent on destroying the Reform
Party," said Dan Charles, now former Reform Party National Treasurer and still
Chairman of the Colorado Freedom Party. He continued, "Once Gerry Moan
suspended the National Committee rather than bow to the will of 72% of its
members, we knew it was time to take drastic action."
Disaffiliating while keeping their state parties intact were the states
of Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Illinois, Colorado, New
Hampshire, and Iowa. The Reform Party of Texas has dissolved itself and will be
reorganizing under a new name. In California, the state party leadership
resigned after Mr. Moan continued their suspension of participation on the
National Committee in violation of the RPUSA Constitution and the will of the
Reform Party's National Committee.
Reform Party of Iowa Chair David Doyle said, "The wheels have fallen off
the Reform Party, but Americans still need an alternative dedicated to American
values, something they are not getting from the two-party duopoly. Our
candidates are excited by this move. The focus will be on our candidates and
our messageinstead of the dysfunctional shenanigans that have dominated
the Reform Party for years."
"We expect other states will join us in the coming weeks and months. We
are taking our principles with us and we invite all Americans who agree to join
with us," said now former Reform Party National Secretary John Pittman Hey of
Mississippi. He continued, "This is about building a viable political home for
those who want to do what is right for America and all Americans. We will be
meeting in the next few days to form a new national party to rally
aroundthe America First Party."
| Dan Charles
|| Colorado Chair & former RPUSA
|| (303) 449-0258
| John Pittman Hey
|| Mississippi Treasurer & former RPUSA
|| (662) 453-8412
| David Doyle
|| Reform Party of Iowa Chair
|| (319) 294-1883
|Other contacts available