This in today from a press release by the New York City Independence Party organizations:
The Independence Party’s cross-endorsement of John McCain is one more step in the sham that the state party has become. The deal with McCain was made by one man, the State Chairman, Frank MacKay. Members of the State Committee, the body empowered to select a presidential nominee, were not informed or consulted about MacKay’s plan.
This dictatorial way of doing party business has become MacKay’s standard operating procedure. MacKay spent the last week trying to disrupt meetings of IP members who were democratically forming county committees in New York City, made up of 4,000 IP members. At this point, the New York City Independence Party is the only wing of the party with a genuine track record of independence and democratic participation.
MacKay has corrupted and virtually destroyed the State Party taking it from a vibrant, pro-democracy force for political reform to a corrupt manipulation of people’s genuine desire for change. If John McCain thinks that the State Independence Party is a symbol of independent thinking and activism, he is sadly mistaken.
Cathy L. Stewart
Chair, New York County Independence Party
Chair, Kings County Independence Party
Chair, Queens County Independence Party
Chair, Independence Party of Richmond County
NEW YORK CITY ORGANIZATIONS OF THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY
225 Broadway, Ste 2010New York, NY 10007
Ph: 212-962-1699 / Fax: 212-803-1899
PRESS CONTACT: Sarah Lyons212-962-1824 / 917-658-9885