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Employment History

Party's New Chairman

Ventura's support


Reform Party


Perot's Reform Party


Independence Party

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Those who live by hype (10/29/1999) [cached]

Jack Gargan , a retired Florida businessman , was elected the party's new chairman with Ventura's support last summer.Since he officially took office in January , he has complained that Verney has given him no records , no mailing lists , and none of the information that would allow him to actually run the party.A move to remove him is to be debated today at a party gathering in Nashville , Tenn. , and Gargan allies have filed suit seeking the financial records.

Gargan could not be reached for comment.Asked if he hadn't abandoned Gargan in his hour of need , Ventura said , ``You gotta have something to abandon.As far as I'm concerned on the national level , there's nothing to abandon out there.I feel bad for Jack -- he's a good man.''.
Neal Levine of Minneapolis , campaign manager for James Gibson , the only announced Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Minnesota , said he agrees that the conflict at the national level is hurting state candidates.
``This isn't about conventions , '' Levine said. ``It's about the soul of the party.All the infighting is ridiculous.We're doing the Democrats' and the Republicans' jobs for them.''.

Jack Gargan, former chair of ... [cached]

Jack Gargan, former chair of the Reform Party, recently joined the Independence Party, and he may run for the U.S. House. In 1998 he polled 33.7% in a two-way race for that office, and the district's new boundaries are more favorable to him than they were in 1998.

(3/27/2000) Court Determines Reform Party Future Monday [cached]

Is it Pat Choate of the Ross Perot-Russ Verney lineage or Jack Gargan , who rode to the chairmanship on the back of Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura.

Gargan was elected national chairman at a national convention last summer in Dearborn , Mich. , and was ousted at a national committee convention in Nashville in February , less than two months after he finally took office.Gargan's treasurer , Ronn Young , also was booted out.
Gargan was replaced by Choate , who had to resign as an official in Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign to take the position.
The Nashville meeting , Gargan contends , was illegally called and illegally credentialed.He is still the chairman , he says.
Nonsense , says Choate , who claims the chairmanship and wants the court to turn over to his faction the $2.5 million the Federal Election Commission gave the party last year to hold its presidential nominating convention.
Judge Moon ordered the money to be put in the possession of the court before the trial began -- although Gargan and Young were about $500 , 000 short , according to court documents.
Gargan told the American Reporter in a telephone conversation Friday that the figure is closer to $300 , 000 after a late deposit.He said most of the money has been spent with a Washington consulting group , who will conduct the electronic balloting for a presidential nominee and will run the convention.
We expect they ( the consulting group ) will make money for us from television and the host city , Gargan said.
The contract with the consulting firm was signed late last year by Young while Verney was still chairman , Gargan said.
Gargan is clear what he will do if he loses only Monday although he is cautiously optimistic that he will not.
I would leave , he said.I couldn't be part of an organization which has no regard for ethics..
The retired Florida real estate executive thinks there would be a major exodus from a Choate-led Reform Party , which has rapidly been taken over by Buchanan Brigades..
There is a split in the party , Gargan said , but it's not an even split..He claims grassroots backing of about 80 percent of the party.
The big question is whether the losers Monday will strike out to form a new party.There is precedent here.
Gargan would not attempt to predict what will happen after Monday's ruling.He did , however , point to Ventura's past comments about forming an Independence Party , led by the Minnesota group which recently broke away from the national Reform Party.
Also riding on Judge Moon's decision are the party's nominating process and the date and site of the party's nominating convention.
If Gargan wins , only Reform Party members and those who sign ballot access petitions for candidates will get voting rights.If Choate wins , the voting will be open to those two categories and also any registered voter -- regardless of party -- who asks for a ballot.
The Gargan Party also will limit the power of the national convention delegates.
Under the new rule , set up at an emergency national convention earlier this month called by Gargan in Las Vegas , the national balloting can be overturned only by the convention for what Gargan calls just cause..
Convention dates and sites would be different , too.The Gargan's group site is still undecided -- St. Paul , Minn. is the leading candidate , New Orleans an option - and it would be held in late July before the Democrats and Republicans meet.
The Choate group will meet in Long Beach in August.
If Choate is named the rightful chairman on Monday , Buchanan will have smooth sailing to the party's nomination and the $12.5 million in federal money.
If Gargan is Judge Moon's pick , Buchanan may have a more difficult balancing act.
He certainly can compete for our nomination , Gargan said.But I have to say I'm not friendly toward him.After all , it was his people who threw me out in Nashville..
Buchanan has been shrugging off reporters' questions about the disarray in the party.
In San Francisco Friday night , the former Reagan aide and talk show panelist told a TV interviewer : By the time the convention rolls around , the party will be in step like the Rockettes..

Citrus: New district lines catch hopeful eye [cached]

Gargan, a longtime political activist and occasional candidate, didn't intend to seek office this year.But he said new district boundaries favored him so much that he would make one more run at being a member of Congress.

Gargan, 71, of Cedar Key will seek to represent the 5th Congressional District.Though well known as a Reform Party leader, he will carry no party affiliation during this election.
Gargan said he would formally announce his candidacy July 2 in Tallahassee.
This will be Gargan's second attempt to represent the district.He ran under the Reform Party banner in 1998 but lost to incumbent U.S. Rep.
Gargan said he knew the race would be hard and expensive.Under normal circumstances, he never would have dipped his toe in the water again.
But during the recent redistricting process, the state's Republican-led Legislature redrew district boundaries in such a way that Gargan believes he can win.Specifically, lawmakers removed Alachua County, a rich source of Democratic voters, from the 5th District.
"Redistricting is the story," Gargan said Monday."I don't believe in just running for the sake of running.I have to have a chance to win.Alachua County is just too tough a nut for me to crack.
Gargan said he would review his options if the lines changed.
The new district, like the old one, includes all of Citrus and Hernando counties.It also includes new territory: east and central Pasco, for example, and portions of Lake and Polk counties.
In 1998, Gargan lost to Thurman in all seven of the district's counties.
"I believe the American public is finally recognizing the fact that our representatives don't represent us," Gargan said Monday.In his view, Democrats represent special interest groups and Republicans stand for corporate welfare.
"I'm for the people and everybody knows that," Gargan said."I have no ax to grind.I'm in this for my children and my grandchildren."
Florida got to know Gargan in 1990, when he founded Throw the Hypocritical Rascals Out.THRO advocated ousting incumbents from Congress.
Four years later, running as a Democrat, Gargan tried to win the party's nomination in the governor's race.But he couldn't displace popular incumbent Lawton Chiles.
Gargan became involved in the Reform Party and in 1999 was elected chairman.He became disillusioned and left the party in early 2000.
Gargan said he registered as a Republican so he could vote for Jim King, his running mate in 1994, who was trying in 2000 to win the GOP nomination in the 5th Congressional District.
These days, Gargan is a member of the Independence Party.

Welcome to the Florida Republican Liberty Caucus [cached]

Jack Gargan, of Cedar Key, is serving as the campaign's northwestern coordinator."These legislators are so arrogant.Politicians are choosing to ignore nearly 80% of the people who constantly favor term limits.There is no way that they can validate this other than their own personal greed."Gargan was instrumental in sparking the term limits movement nationwide forming THRO (Throw the Hypocritical Rascals Out) as well as providing leadership to the original campaign to bring limits to state government in Florida

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