NYS GOP Group Kicks Out Cornell Group for Endorsing Libertarian Ticket

September 6, 2016

The New York Federation of College Republicans announced Saturday that it is revoking the credentials of the Cornell University Republicans over the Cornell group's endorsement of Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.

The Cornell group's endorsement cited Johnson's fiscal conservatism and contrasted his policies favorably with those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. "No one wants to vote for the lesser of two evils. Together, let’s stand on the right side of history," the endorsement says. It adds that "our organization does not solely represent the Republican Party. Our first responsibility is to our members: libertarians, moderates, neoconservatives and everyone in between. We value our ideological diversity and welcome differing perspectives."

Saturday's statement from the New York Federation of College Republicans said that the Cornell chapter would be stripped of all privileges for the semester, including participating in events and receiving fellowships. Cornell Republicans who disagree with their chapter's decision will be able to apply to participate as individual members. "Clubs are within their right not to endorse certain candidates within the party and decide to reallocate their resources down the ballot," the state group said in a Facebook post. "What is unacceptable, however, is using a party-affiliated organization as a tool to support another party's candidate in an election, whomever that candidate may be and whatever office the election may be for. We feel that this is a fair and measured, but firm response to the Cornell chapter's decision."

The New York State dispute comes at a time of increased tensions within many campus Republican groups over whether to endorse Trump.

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