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And so's your old man

“I’m going to tell mom on you.”

That childhood threat is the closest thing I can think of to characterize the present state of the American Numismatic Association campaign to elect its new board of governors.

The hyper-legalistic ecstasies being engaged in by some candidates and their supporters makes me wonder what kind of ANA they really do want.

President-to-be Barry Stuppler sent out a campaign mailing to gain votes for would-be governors that he favors. The mailing has been called a violation of bylaws by some because it says “ANA Election Material” on the envelope.

Give me a break.

His supporters counter that Cliff Mishler has put his campaign literature in his privately created and funded newsletters for local volunteers at the Milwaukee summer convention.


We have an election for the ANA board of governors and some candidates are actually campaigning. What is this world coming to?

What is particularly curious about this whole thing is the anti-incumbent faction opposing Stuppler primarily coalesced as opposition to proposed bylaws changes that would have created a nominating committee and ended most forms of election campaigning. The anti-incumbents say ANA members would be disenfranchised by these proposed changes.

That charge may be true, but then anti-incumbents should behave as if they believe in campaigning and are not simply hurling empty words at their opponents.

No formal complaints of bylaws breaches have been filed with ANA headquarters yet, so perhaps this too shall pass.

The election ends July 19.

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4 Responses to And so's your old man

  1. Scott Barman says:

    While you are annoyed at the sniping over the ANA election, I see it as something good. It shows members are interested and care about what has happened to the organization. The "hyper-legalistic ecstasies" is the result of the passion members are generating of their views.

    The problem that you are seeing is the perception that the "anti-incumbent faction" is having a difficult time being heard by the board. As an anti-establishment sympathizer, I understand how this can be used as a tool to promote their agenda.

    Discourse is only way for both sides to be heard and for neither side to dominate. It is a great show, just sit back and enjoy!

  2. As a concerned Life Member of the ANA and also a candidate for the Board of Governors, I am totally against the proposed bylaws changes due to, among other things, Article III – Board of Governors, Section 3.2 – Qualifications, Number, Classification, Election & Tenure, which, in Part V, would make it where no candidate will be allowed to advertise one’s own campaign. This section is one of the most undemocratic of all of these sections. If you’re a member of the ANA and find these bylaws changes unacceptable, then write to each and every current governor and also the ANA President and VP, and tell them to reject the proposed bylaws as they stand! SAY NO TO THE PROPOSED BYLAWS CHANGES!!!!!!

  3. Scott Semans says:

    There seem to be many issues here, but what brings me to support the "anti-incumbent" slate (Boling, Krause, Mishler, Stearns, Rochette, Ostromecki,
    Eshbach, Tumonis, maybe Wolka) are persistent reports that the staff is either fired or frightened, and that nobody at ANA HQ is acually a collector. The proposal to turn the Board into a self-perpetuating body is particularly chilling. What got me started was a polite email I sent to all the current Board members asking about the current Executive Director and whether a contract extension was in the works. Zero replies, inccluding Kagin, whose platform is "communication, communication, communication." The ANA has posted online a dubious white paper claiming to be the results of a consultant hired to evaluate his job performance – though it doesn’t identify the individual or firm making the report. If you are really my "representative" you could have at least cited that. But no reply = no vote.

  4. Michael Doran is a part of the "anti-incumbent" slate!

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