Progressive activist Robert Milnes, a declared candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination was locked out from his New Jersey residence a week ago, due to rent delinquency. Milnes subsequently took refuge in his sister’s basement, but was removed from there as well. It is unclear where he is now staying.
Milnes, 61, has run for president in every election since 2004, lobbying third parties to nominate a Libertarian and Progressive fusion ticket, an initiative he refers to as PLAS (Progressive Libertarian Alliance Strategy). He suffers from depression and poverty, and served prison time in the 1980’s after pleading guilty to harassing a Philadelphia news reporter.
According to Milnes, after becoming delinquent on his rent in December, he signed a “Consent to Vacate Agreement,” which prevented him from being evicted during the winter. Though he claims to have paid the delinquent rent, on May 4, he was ordered out of the residence and given 30 days to remove his belongings. Milnes then attempted to move in to his sister’s basement, where his father resides. However, for unknown reasons, the next day, Milnes’ sister called the police, who escorted him from the house.
It is not entirely clear where Milnes went thereafter, but he told Saturn’s Repository that he is living in a “second RV . . . [w]herever [he] can legally park it.”
Though Milnes considers the lockout a “[h]uge diversion for [his presidential] campaign” and “[h]uge personal financial setback,” he refuses to drop out from the race. Though he has been unsuccessful in his previous runs, the creation of a new blog and encouraging news from an IPR opinion poll placing him first among the Libertarian field in the state of Connecticut, gives him reason to believe his prospects could improve for 2016.
Milnes, along with writer Darryl Perry and US Parliament supporter Kip Lee remain the only declared candidates for the nomination with the recent passing of longtime activist Jim “Libertarian” Burns. However, others, including 2012 nominee Gary Johnson are expected to announce their intentions in the near future.