David Cox

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David Cox
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Birth: Nov 5, 1976
Springfield, VA
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David Cox is a Libertarian Party historian and social media volunteer who created the George Quillies and Day 1/Day 4 of the Convention Meme.

Early Awareness of the Libertarian Party

Cox first learned about The Libertarian Party from Harry Browne's 2000 presidential campaign interview with The Don and Mike Show, airing on July 12th, 2000 on radio station WJFK in Washington, DC.[1]

Harry Browne wrote about that interview in his 2000 Campaign Journal: "The final interview of the day is a doozy. Don & Mike are shock jocks on CBS radio. They interview me for about 25 minutes. They want to talk about sex; I want to talk about politics. I seem to do a good job of converting their questions into opportunities to talk about politics. I decline to answer personal questions. Quite an experience, but they seem genuinely in favor of my positions (which I managed to get across). Later in the day we get some emails from people who heard the show, went to the website, and were favorably impressed with what we offer...(Tomorrow on the Don & Mike show, the announcer will introduce them by saying, "Here are the men the next President of the United States, Harry Browne, thinks are a bit raunchy.")"[2]

Cox looked up The Libertarian Party's platform and began to follow party news, but did not become involved until 2012.

Twitter Bombs For Gary Johnson 2012 and CPD Protests

Cox followed former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson's 2012 presidential campaign from his first indications of running in 2009 through his eventual switch from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party. Cox was invited by fellow grassroots Johnson supporters to participate in initially unsuccessful Twitter bombs in June of 2012. Frustrated with the effort the group was putting in without trending Johnson's name on Twitter, Cox took over the Twitter bomb administration in July 2012, writing long lists of sample tweets for the participants, producing graphics and event pages, and instructing activists on how to open Twitter accounts and post to them. The group successfully trended Gary Johnson on Twitter for 12 weeks in a row at a time when the candidate was largely unknown.[3][4]

In conjunction with a letter writing campaign led by Iowa Libertarian Rick Stewart, select Twitter bombs would target the Commission on Presidential Debates and its corporate sponsors for their exclusion of Gary Johnson from the 2012 debates. Three sponsors, Philips Electronics, the YWCA and BBH New York dropped out.[5][6]

Research Project About the 1990s LPNY

Since 2018, David Cox has been conducting an ongoing research project into the Libertarian Party of New York of the mid-1990s. He has interviewed past and present Libertarian Party members including Mark Axinn, Joseph Brennan, Tamara Clark, Fred Cookinham, Stan Dworkin, Robert Flanzer, Bob Goodman, Jim Harris, Ed Jowett, Gerard Lewis, Bruce Martin, Bill McMillen, Glenn Peacock, Jeff Russell, Bob Schulz, Todd Seavey, Blay Tarnoff, Rebecca Turmo, and Perry Willis.

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