The Reform Party in the first Bush Administration
Pat Buchanan's "Brigade" took control of the Reform Party in 2000, along with its $12 million in money from the FEC. As it turned out, however, Buchanan mustered a little less than half a million votes in the election. Once the election was over, Buchanan just walked away from the party. Chairman Gerry Moan called an off-year convention which met in Nashville the following summer. Buchanan gave a rousing speech and immediately left. The convention was united behind Buchanan and took additional action to remove remnants of the old Reform Party people [New York Times 7/29/2001].
The Party divided in 2002. Internal dissent caused Moan to change party by-laws; the minority faction, consisting of the entire state parties of AR, CO, MS, IL, IA, NH, and TN, withdrew from the party altogether and formed the America First Party. This action took half of the executive committee with it [NYT 4/16/2002]. Other state parties followed suit, though Ezola Foster and the state parties of CA and MD switched to the Constitution Party instead. Buchanan himself returned to the Republican Party.
The Reform Party held an organizational convention in 10/2003 in Diamondhead MS. Ted Weill of MS announced his interest in the presidential nomination for 2004. The convention called a national nominating convention for 8/13-15/2004 but did not choose a city. [Source: Ballot Access News, 11/2003]. Three months later, the party dec