UPDATE: Johnson has told a reporter that this is something he’s looking at and that he will be in New York tomorrow to do “as many media appearances as they can wind me up and send me in that direction.” But he said he wasn’t announcing the switch tomorrow.
Stephen Gordon, who identifies himself as the Southern Regional Director of the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign, told me:
“I personally spoke with Governor Johnson a couple of days ago and outlined many of the pros and cons of running for the LP’s presidential nomination. It’s my opinion that certain senior leaders within the GOP have intentionally thrown as many roadblocks as possible into the governor’s path and that the Libertarian Party will be a much more welcoming home to someone of his true small-government ideology and proven track record.”
Gordon added that as of their last conversation the Governor was not yet decided but was strongly considering the idea.
Numerous sources have reported to IPR that former two term Governor and Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson is going to announce his switch to the Libertarian Party race tomorrow. Rumors have been swirling for weeks now that former Governor Johnson was going to run third party or become a member of the Libertarian Party, but now the rumor has been confirmed with a number of insiders.
In 2000, Governor Gary Johnson rebuffed efforts to recruit him into the Libertarian Party, stating: “I do consider it very flattering. But I’m a Republican, and I’m not going to run for President”.