BREAKING NEWS: Gary Johnson will quit the Republican Primaries and seek the Libertarian Party Presidential nominationTuesday, December 20th, 2011
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I’m glad to see former Republican Governor of New Mexico quit the Republican party race. Please remember that I wrote about Gary on December 11, 2011, where you can read the whole story in it’s entirety here. Apparently Gary will be seeking the Libertarian Party Presidential nomination. Good for Gary! We are glad to see him not being utilized as a doormat. Now he can really influence the 2012 political landscape. This is yet another indication that the Republican Party is too slow to keep up with how fast the political landscape continues to shape itself. Demographics are changing rapidly and their short-sighted views and lack of strong leadership will cost them the future. We are pointing towards a larger Independent Voting chunk. The GOP is looking more and more antiquated, out of date and too conservative without out-of-the-box thinkers.
POLITICO Breaking News
Gary Johnson will quit the Republican primaries and seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination instead, POLITICO has learned. The former two-term New Mexico governor, whose campaign for the GOP nomination never caught fire, will make the announcement at a press conference in Santa Fe on Monday. Libertarian state directors will be informed of Johnson’s plans on a conference call Tuesday night, a Johnson campaign source told POLITICO.
An excerpt from my December 11th story essentially encouraging Gary Johnson to run as third-party or Independent below:
Gary Johnson should run as third-party in 2012
By DeeDee Garcia Blase
Let us call it what it really is – Gary Johnson has been marginalized throughout the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary Elections.
Here is an emailed press release I received from the Gary Johnson campaign on November 22nd, 2011:
RNC RESPONDS TO JOHNSON CAMPAIGN DEMAND FOR FAIRNESS
November 22, 2011, Santa Fe NM — In a letter signed by its legal counsel (text below), the Republican National Committee has responded to a request by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign that the RNC “exert some leadership and reclaim the nominating process from the national news media who are today pre-ordaining the viability and success of candidates.” The campaign’s request was conveyed in a letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in late October, and expressed Johnson’s frustration that Republican party leadership is allowing the news media to “preselect” the presidential nominating field by arbitrarily deciding which candidates are allowed to participate in nationally-televised debates. <snip>
“There is also something fundamentally wrong when one of the criterion for participation in the process — embraced by the national party — is a fundraising threshold. Since when does the size of one’s contributor list have anything to do with qualifications to lead the nation, and how is a candidate to be expected to raise millions of dollars when he is denied the opportunity to even appear on the debate stage? “Gary Johnson has a message that deserves to be heard, and a track record of controlling spending and the size of government that is unmatched by any other candidate, especially those who the news media have deemed worthy of inclusion in their debates and polls. This is a message that we believe a majority of Americans want to hear and we will get that message out, with or without the support of the national party.”
The Republican Party should not be afraid of including GOP Candidate Gary Johnson. They should embrace him and let the chips fall where they may, after all he did climb Mt. Everest which is a tremendous accomplishment in and of itself and he deserves a second look as an individual who sets high goals and accomplishes them. The GOP is doing an effective job of neutralizing the man who was once the former Governor of New Mexico. This is more evidence that the Republican Party has gone mad particularly when most political strategists know that New Mexico is a key swing state and it ought to be reckoned with.
Gary seems to be taking a visionary approach on behalf of the Republican Party and it is simply not conservative enough for them. What are some of the reasons Gary is being neutralized?
1. He knows the immigration system is broken and advocates for fixing it by reforming a reasonable legal approach.
2. He supports healthy economic principles that reject isolationism, protectionism and restrictionism with regard to reforming immigration.
3. He believes in reforming marijuana laws and parallels it to the Prohibition days.
In a recent POLITICO article, here is what Gary had to say about the Republican Party:
“I feel abandoned by the Republican Party,” Johnson said in a phone interview. “The Republican Party has left me by the wayside.” …
“If I’d have been included in 16 of the last debates we wouldn’t even be having this conversation,” Johnson said.
I completely understand Gary’s sentiments, and all I can say to him is: “Join the Club.”
Let’s face it — Americans need to be rejuvenated! Gary has some right ideas with some of the answers he has for a broken nation and fixing systems that ought to be resolved by the federal government via our federal lawmakers. Admittedly, I especially like Gary Johnson’s ideas on how to fix the clearly broken immigration system. He articulates his plans and visions to put our country back on course in an articulate manner and because he is being neutralized by the Republican Party and the media, I believe it is time for him to make his voice be heard and run as an Independent. Independent voters are the way of the future, and we see that with College Students who are registering themselves more and more as Independent voters. Americans are growing weary of partisan politics, and they want a candidate who is simply serious about taking on tough issues head on.