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March 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Even though the Reform Party ousted him as chairman, Jack Gargan met with his supporters Saturday and said he wants to "solidify the party." "Today is for cleaning up our own house," Gargan said. Gargan, an ally of Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and former party treasurer Ronn Young were voted out of office at a raucous meeting Feb. 12 in Nashville, Tenn. Gargan was replaced with Pat Choate, Ross Perot's 1996 running mate, and Ventura quit the party.
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March 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Even though the Reform Party ousted him as chairman, Jack Gargan met with his supporters Saturday and said he wants to "solidify the party." "Today is for cleaning up our own house," Gargan said. Gargan, an ally of Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and former party treasurer Ronn Young were voted out of office at a raucous meeting Feb. 12 in Nashville, Tenn. Gargan was replaced with Pat Choate, Ross Perot's 1996 running mate, and Ventura quit the party.
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January 4, 2000 |
The new chairman of the Reform Party plans a third vote on the site of the party's 2000 presidential convention to settle a dispute between factions supporting Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and party founder Ross Perot. "We're starting from scratch," Jack Gargan said Monday, declaring that he would set aside earlier votes--one that would put the convention in Long Beach, Calif., the other in St. Paul.
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January 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
Donald Trump says he is "deeply concerned" about infighting among Reform Party members and may decide not to run for president if leaders can't agree to a cease-fire. "If the party is in the shape it's in now, I am less inclined to run," he said. "I'd really like to make the race, particularly if the nominees are 'Gush' and 'Bore,' " Trump said Thursday. "I am, however, deeply concerned about growing divisions in the Reform Party.
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December 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
In a disputed vote released Monday, leaders of the Reform Party decided to move their 2000 national convention from Long Beach to an undesignated city in Minnesota. The question is whether the vote is valid. Chairman Russ Verney, a loyalist of party founder Ross Perot, called the mail-in vote a "farce." Incoming Chairman Jack Gargan of Cedar Key, Fla., an ally of the Reform Party's ranking politician--Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura--believes it is valid and called it "the will of the members."
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October 2, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Reform Party Chairman Russell Verney demanded Friday that Gov. Jesse Ventura resign from the party, saying the former wrestler had "brought shame" to himself with a bombastic interview. Ventura says his remarks were taken out of context. The Minnesota governor, whose frank talk got him elected in a November upset, told Playboy magazine that organized religion "is a sham," the Navy Tailhook scandal was "much ado about nothing" and fat people "can't push away from the table."
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March 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Reform Party's internal feud over who is in charge of the organization--and the millions of taxpayer dollars it will receive for the presidential election--has landed where so many other dysfunctional family problems do: in court. On one side as a hearing began Wednesday was Jack Gargan, who took the party chairmanship Jan. 1 and insists he is still legally in charge despite being voted out of office during a raucous meeting in Nashville last month.
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February 13, 2000 | From the Washington Post
An alliance of forces loyal to Ross Perot and Patrick J. Buchanan threw Reform Party Chairman Jack Gargan out of office Saturday at a meeting so chaotic and vituperative that police repeatedly threatened to halt the session. The 109-to-31 vote, which could be challenged in court, marked the expulsion of a key party leader firmly aligned with Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Ventura had been in a running battle with Perot and Buchanan allies for control of the party.
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January 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
Reform Party Chairman Jack Gargan vowed Saturday to fight efforts to remove him from party leadership, saying he is ready to compromise over the location of the party's convention. The site of the national convention has caused internal warfare in recent weeks. "As you know, they want my head on a platter but they're not going to get it," Gargan told about 200 delegates at the Florida party's state conference. Former Republican Patrick J.
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November 13, 1990 | NORMAN ORNSTEIN, Norman Ornstein is resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, a public- policy think tank, in Washington
This has been a banner year for anti-politicians. Ralph Nader has raised huge sums of money with direct-mail appeals bashing Washington; Jim Wheaton, head of the California chapter of Common Cause, spearheaded the state's term-limitation drive; businessman Jack Gargan began a national movement and organization to throw all incumbents out. Some of the anti-politician talk has been cynical manipulation of the polls and public sentiment for partisan and individual advantage.
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September 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
GOP presidential contender Patrick J. Buchanan came closer Sunday to saying he would quit the Republican race and campaign for the Reform Party's nomination. "The door really is wide open," Buchanan said. "We are very close to making that decision." For weeks, Reform Party leader Jesse Ventura, the Minnesota governor, has discounted suggestions the party should nominate Buchanan for president.
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