Recently, American Third Party Report has received information from a confidential source with additional details of an ongoing lawsuit that was filed on September 26th of last year in South Dakota by once potential Constitution Party candidate, Terry LaFleur -against National Constitution Party Chairman Frank Fluckiger, as well as the South Dakota Republican Party, along with several South Dakota GOP officers and would-be candidates thereof -which was reported here a few months ago.
Owning to the recent infighting among rival factions of the Constitution Party of South Dakota, in which Mr. LaFleur accused Frank Fluckiger, as well as rival 'SDCP' faction leaders Gordon Howie (Chairman), Joe Bergan (Vice Chairman/Chairman), and Marliee Roose -a member of the State Central Committee of the Utah Constitution Party -of 'attempting a coup de' e'tat against the state officers of the CPSD in order to prevent the CPSD from certifying legally nominated and elected statewide candidates for the November 6th 2018 ballot', as well as colluding with the named South Dakota Republican Party officials in the lawsuit, including SDGOP State Chair Dan Lederman, and Matt Johnson.
This lawsuit can be viewed in its entirety here.
However, in addition to the full details of this lawsuit becoming known; the same source informed ATPR about a related, online petition (for the CP's National Committee members to sign) which was started by Constitution Party of Virginia State Chair, John Bloom, that would remove CP National Chairman Frank Fluckiger, National Vice Chairman Doug Aden, and CP National Committee member Cindy Redburn -from their positions in the CP for these quoted, unedited reasons as stated in the petition:
"1. Violated the Constitution Party Constitution Party by intervening in the internal affairs of the South Dakota Constitution Party by participating in an UNAUTHORIZED Conference Call with member of the Constitution Party of Virginia State Central Committee, that not only supported the Lora Hubble/Matt Johnson CPSD Faction, but they presented their side ONLY: I was MUTED attempting to correct some of the lies and Lori Stacey was severely SLANDERED by Lora and Matt.
"2. This Conference Call was not only UNAUTHORIZED by the CP National Executive Committee, but was set up by a FORMER Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Party of Virginia, who RESIGNED a week early and without any input or consultation with the Constitution Party of Virginia Chairman John Bloom, held an UNAUTHORIZED Conference Call meeting of the CPV SCC.
"3. This Conference Call was designed to undermine the Chairman of the CPV or destabilize the CPV, which it did as the CPV Chairman cancelled a Conference Call with members of the CPV SCC, to address UPCOMING events in Virginia and this issue was not even on the Agenda to be discussed as it caused dissension within the CPV, such that one member of the CPV SCC asked for a pause and another questioned the leadership of the CPV Chairman, and all were led to believe this was the position of the National CP, which it was not,
"4. In addition Frank Fluckiger, CONSPIRED with REPUBLICANS to SABOTAGE the Constitution Party of South Dakota resulting in all the Constitution Party candidates getting thrown off the ballot.
"5. Due to Mr. Fluckiger's involvement in the internal affairs of the South Dakota Constitution Party the Constitution Party of South Dakota lost Ballot Access.
"6. Mr. Fluckiger continues to intervene in the internal affairs of other State Parties..
"6. Due to the words and actions of Frank Fluckiger were found to be either misleading or outright LIES that ran counter to documented information.
"7. Due to the actions of Frank Fluckiger, Doug Aden and Cindy Reburn, the Constitution Party INTEGRITY PILLAR cannot COEXIST with them as Officers in the National Constitution Party..."
These appear to be quite serious accusations and charges, and ATPR has even been informed by our source and a few other anonymous CP members -that these accusations/charges in both Mr. LaFleur's lawsuit and in Mr. Bloom's online petition do have substantial merit.
Therefore, ATPR will include any new updates, statements, blog posts, rebuttals, and so on in this developing situation with the Constitution Party, in the days ahead.