Republicans Resort to Libel

I’ve been called a lot of nasty things by Republicans before, but this is the first time they’ve accused me of having the “highest Republican ideals and principles” — at least to my face.

I get put on a lot of stupid political mailing lists from both the left and the right (don’t those fools understand the concept of targeted mailings) and get all sorts of wierd stuff. They took it too far this time with the direct insult. Worse yet, they put it in print. I’m considering a libel suit. Physical evidence of the defamation exists right after the jump:

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. I get things all the time (some snail but a lot of Email)that start off “Since you are a hardcore Republican activist”.. “Why Libertarians hate America”..and so on. It does seem in politics, like with anatomy enlargement advertising, the targeting is not that great.

  2. Stephen — Personally, I say, as a measure of publicity for the LP, it would be great if you charged them with libel;

    especially since we all know the “highest of Republican ideals” oh-so-well. lol

  3. My personal guess (only a guess) Is that it’s some sort of recognition attempt for Mr. Gordon’s efforts involving election campaigns for republicans. (Which he himself admits to having been involved in heavily).

  4. IanC — except that I have two addresses. I use my Birmingham address for GOP/Dem political issues, and the Hartselle one only for LP stuff.

  5. Heck if someone referred to me as a Nazi, I I I mean a Republican, then I wouldnt be too happy about it….

  6. Send it back with a note to Liz Dole:

    Since, unlike the Party itself, I do have the highest Republican ideals and principles, I have no wish to be associated with the Republican Party.

  7. to be considered libel, published material must meet three conditions: The material is defamatory either on its face or indirectly; The defamatory statement is about someone who is identifiable to one or more persons; and, The material must be distributed to someone other than the offended party; i.e. published.

    I doubt you can around the fact they did not disseminate the alleged libelous document publically, but if you can, I will donate $100 toward your court filing. Take it to state court. If they (the signers, not the party) do not send an attorney, then you have a chance to own Liz Dole.


    Disclaimer: Not an attorney, not legal advice. Just passing on what I was taught in tort law at paralegal school.

  8. Well, there’s one piece of advice that I’m allowed to give (since I’m not yet an attorney): You can always sue.

    Now, you may get thrown out of court and have wasted the filing fee, but that’s the price of political theater.

  9. I doubt you can around the fact they did not disseminate the alleged libelous document publically, but if you can, I will donate $100 toward your court filing

    You may need to pay up, Rick. One version of the letter explains the following:

    “In addition, your name will be permanently inscribed on the Task Force’s Founders Wall located in the Honors Courtyard at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. ”

  10. Stephen :

    A) ya didn’t mention it went to the wrong place.

    B) Which is your standard/physical mailing address? Speaking with experience from a mass-mailing company, home addresses get preferential treatment in being mailed.

    C) … paranoia abounds… (They know where you live!!!)