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Top GOP aide resigns to support Gary Nolan for president
04 Mar 2004
GOP aide, Eric Dondero Rittberg, has thrown his support behind Libertarian Gary Nolan for president.

CONTACT: 979-799-7077

Top Congressional Aide resigns to endorse 3rd Party Presidential

Houston – Eric Dondero R., a Senior Aide to US Congressman Ron Paul
(R-TX) has resigned his position to help out Libertarian Party
Presidential candidate Gary Nolan.

"I am still very much a Republican," said Dondero. "But in this
year's election President Bush needs a bit of tough love. While his
foreign policy has been a great success, his domestic policies leave
a lot to be desired. The spending increases and the government
infringements on civil liberties have greatly disappointed

"Many libertarian Republicans such as myself have been supporting
Bush. But lately he has abandoned his few libertarian supporters for
more moderate, centrist voters. I have been one of the last
libertarian Republicans defending him. The latest FCC crack-down on
shock jocks like Howard Stern was the last straw for me."

"As a Republican, I am hereby endorsing Gary Nolan's Presidential
Candidacy under the Libertarian Party banner. I will also help
launch a nationwide effort of Republicans for Gary Nolan."

"I still hope very much, that President Bush wins re-election. Kerry
would be a horrible choice. His policies would put us on the fast
track towards European-style welfare statism/socialism. But I'm
confident that Bush will win easily. Thus, for voters such as myself
who live in safe GOP states like Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska,
Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, the Carolinas,
Georgia, Alabama and Virginia, why not send a strong limited
government message to President Bush. He needs to know that there's
a serious constituency out there that will not tolerate ever-
expanding government spending and huge deficits. He needs to know
that we libertarians considered his tax cut to be pitifully puny at

"Traditionally, the Libertarian Party polls 300,000 to 500,000 votes
for President each election cycle. Though, LP candidate Ed Clark
pulled nearly a million in 1980. In a few short months Gary Nolan
has proved to be the best candidate for the Libertarian Party since
Clark in the early 1980s. A former nationally syndicated radio talk
show host, Nolan is garnering major media attention, even appearing
on Michael Medved's highly successful Radio Talk Show yesterday."

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"With a well-organized Campaign Team, and a decent fundraising
effort, Nolan appears to be well on his way to busting Clark's 1
million vote total of 1980."

"While personally, I don't think it would be terribly wise for
libertarian Republicans living in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland,
Wisconsin or Washington State to vote Libertarian, for those living
in safe GOP states it makes all the sense in the world to send George
W. Bush a message."

"There's been some talk of me seeking the Libertarian Party Vice-
Presidential nomination. I'm mulling it over. The Libertarian Party
ticket needs a qualified VP candidate with real world political
experience. I will make an official announcement later in the month
at the Arkansas Libertarian Party State Convention. But for now, I
intend to grab a clipboard and get out on the streets in Houston and
collect signatures to help get Nolan on the ballot." (Currently the
LP is set to be on the ballot in over 40 states, and most likely will
get on in a total of 45 to 47, more than any other 3rd Party. Texas
is the biggest challenge).

"Over the years, as a libertarian Republican I've been one of the
most vocal critics of the Libertarian Party. I still believe that
the LP has some handicaps and am very much a proud Republican. But I
also realize that every now and then when my Party – the GOP - strays
too far from limited government principles it needs a swift kick in
the ass."

"I'm hoping that Nolan's effort will provide that swift kick and that
in the years to come the GOP will return to it's Goldwaterite/limited
government roots."

*Note – Eric Dondero Rittberg has been a Republican activist in
Florida and Texas since 1989. He has served in many Republican
political campaigns in varying capacities over the years including
the Florida Governor's race in 1990, a winning Florida Congressional
race in 1994 (Rep. Mark Foley), and numerous GOP state legislative
races in Florida, Texas and Michigan. In 1993, Dondero won election
to the Leon County County Conservation Board of Supervisors with
28,105 votes. He was the only Republican elected in Tallahassee that
year. In 1995 he joined Ron Paul's first campaign for Congress
serving as Campaign Coordinator. He then went on to serve as his
Freeport Office as Senior District Aide and Coastal Issues
Legislative Director from 1996 to late 2003. He is a graduate of
Florida State University and an Honorably Discharged Decorated
Veteran of the US Navy. Currently he is an Interpreter for Spanish
and other languages in Houston, Texas, and is the Author of two books
the "Worldwide Multilingual Phrase Book" and "Vacation Spanish."
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"his foreign policy has been a great success"
04 Mar 2004
That just about sums up my rejection of the Libertarian Party. Anyone that thinks Bush's "foreign policy has been a great success" is a complete and total moron.
Republican group declares "war" on Libertarian Party
05 Mar 2004
Eric Rittberg works as the District Aide, Constituent casework for Texas Republican, Ron Paul -- (979) 230-0000 .

He has flip-floped back and forth between Republican and Libertarian so many times that fellow politicians call him "Bi-"


Republican group declares "war" on Libertarian Party

A tiny Republican organization appears to have declared a state of "all-out war" on the Libertarian Party after a magazine reported that the LP had cost Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.

In an e-mail on April 30, Eric Dondero announced that the Fairfax, Virginia-based Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) plans to "fatally strike at the LP."

Dondero, a member of the RLC's Executive Committee, said, "We are now at a state of all-out war with the LP. We must deal the Libertarian Party a fatal blow. They are the enemy. Much more so than the Democrats or moderate Republicans."

Dondero, whose real name is Eric Rittberg, did not elaborate on the nature of the "all-out war."

There was no confirmation from the RLC -- which says it exists to move the Republican Party in the direction of "limited government [and] personal freedom" -- whether Dondero was speaking officially for the organization.

Dondero's announcement came after the April 16 issue of National Review reported that LP candidates are "seriously hurting Republicans" -- and had probably caused two GOP candidates for U.S. Senate to lose their races.

Because of those two defeats, Republicans have a 50-50 split with Democrats in the Senate, rather than a 52-48 majority, according to National Review.

"Libertarians have put Republicans on the brink of losing the Senate," wrote political reporter John J. Miller and Senior Editor Ramesh Ponnuru.

The Libertarian Party used that article as the basis for a mid-April e-mail fundraising appeal -- which apparently caught the attention of the RLC.

In the fundraising letter, the LP said it planned to run more candidates in 2002 to keep the pressure on Republicans and to give the GOP incentive "to pay attention to the growing Libertarian voter block."

However, the Libertarian Party does not specifically focus on Republicans, said LP National Director Steve Dasbach.

"I'm not sure why the Republican Liberty Caucus is so upset, since we don't go out of our way to target Republicans," he said. "Libertarian candidates will run against any politician, of any party, who doesn't vote to reduce the size, power, expense, and intrusiveness of government."

Besides, wondered Dasbach, why is the RLC declaring "war" on Libertarians -- instead of on Republicans who vote for larger government?

"The RLC says it wants to make the Republican Party more libertarian," he said. "If that's the case, why doesn't the RLC deal a 'fatal blow' to Republicans who vote for higher taxes, more gun laws, bigger government, and fewer civil liberties?

"That strategy would seem to make more sense than declaring war on an organization whose values they claim to share. It sounds like the Republican Liberty Caucus cares less for liberty and more for Republicans."

In fact, said Dasbach, an independent study suggests that the typical RLC Republican isn't particularly libertarian.

According to an article published in Liberty magazine, Republican U.S. House Representatives affiliated with the RLC are only marginally more "libertarian" than the typical Republican -- and one is even worse than most Democrats.

Based on a dozen representative votes cast during the 1999 session, the 11 U.S. Congresspeople who serve on the RLC Advisory Board had an average "libertarian" score of about 61 (out of a possible 100) -- compared to an overall Republican average of 52, according to the study.

One RLC-affiliated Congressman (Brian Bilbray, R-CA) had an average score of 40, which was lower than the average Democratic score of 41.

And two others (Helen Chenoweth, R-ID, and Sam Johnson, R-TX) had scores of 50, which were worse than the typical Republican.

The study was conducted by David Boaz of the Cato Institute, and measured how U.S. Representatives voted on 12 economic, civil-liberty, and foreign policy bills. It appeared in the May 2000 issue of Liberty magazine.

The study didn't surprise many LP members, said Dasbach.

"Libertarians know that many Republicans talk like Libertarians to get elected but vote like Democrats once they are in office," he said. "This study seems evidence of that. So you have to wonder why the RLC doesn't do more to improve its supporters' dubious voting records, instead of declaring war on the one organization that may actually be able to scare Republicans into keeping some of their promises."

And even if Dondero's threat of an "all-out war" is true, said Dasbach, Libertarians probably shouldn't lose any sleep over it.

"It's difficult to get too worried about the lilliputian RLC," he said. "They have been around for 13 years, but are organized in fewer than two dozen states. They appear to have had zero luck in making the Republican Party more libertarian. And, according to documents they filed with the FEC, the RLC managed to raise only $9,049 last year -- which is what the Libertarian Party raises in about two days."

Ironically, despite the RLC's bloodthirsty rhetoric and frenzied threats, Dasbach said he suspects that most Libertarian Party members wish the group well.

"I think most LP members hope the RLC can actually succeed in making the Republican Party more libertarian," he said. "If nothing else, it would give Libertarians fewer bad laws to repeal once we're in control of Congress."