From an email sent to IPR:
I know the Gary Johnson / LP thing is brewing and thought [some of the IPR readership] might be interested in my two cents.
I used to be a fan of Gary Johnson. This arose mainly out of his public opposition to the War on Drugs. Even early in this presidential campaign I was happy to see Johnson involved.
My positive attitude toward Johnson changed recently.
Sometime in the past few months Johnson made a deal with the devil. Not the metaphorical Satan, but a real world demon of modern politics, Roger Stone.
Stone endorsed Johnson as a presidential candidate. The Johnson campaign posted Stone’s endorsement on their campaign website. A few days ago a Stone interview with Johnson, consisting entirely of glowing statements from Stone and soft-pitch questions, was posted on Vimeo.
It’s real simple. Stone is evil. Anyone who knows anything about Stone knows he’s evil. He brags about being evil, proud of the reference to him as a “dirty trickster”.
There’s two possibilities:
1. Johnson is frustrated with the campaign and naively sees Stone as a way out of that; or
2. Johnson knows that Stone is evil and has chosen to work with him anyway.
One other thing – Stone is no friend of the LP. He tried to manipulate the 2010 LPNY convention into getting Kristin Davis as the candidate. He threatened that if Davis was not chosen they’d create another ballot line and use the world Libertarian in that line to create voter confusion.
“unless we can reach some accomodation Kristin wont be attending the convention. … In that case we’d prefer to petition on our own party onto the ballot- litigate over the word LIBERTARIAN”
He also showed he was working with Republican candidate Carl Paladino at the same time as with Davis:
“If you ran for AG I could get Paladino to let you ride on both his GOP … and Tea Party petitions- and thus get in the GOP primary for real and get a second line.”
When the election was over, Stone bragged about his role in damaging the LPNY.
I admit that for me it’s not just about the LP. It’s personal. Roger Stone engages in the politics of personal destruction. He’s extremely good at it. And I was one of his victims.
But you can also see my disdain for Stone from our early e-mail exchange long before Stone attacked me personally.
It was at this point that I reached out to Paladino, forwarding him Stone’s e-mails.
Me, 4/20, 6:01 pm:
When we met last week, I did not have the impression that Roger Stone was on your campaign team. … he is speaking to me as if he has some sway over you – “I could get Paladino to let you ride on ….” … It was my impression that you were campaigning as someone different from the usual politicians. If you’re working with Roger Stone, in the way he describes, then you don’t seem that different to me.
So while I am motivated by my personal experience as Roger Stone’s victim, my view of him was the same beforehand.
I have reached out to various members of the Gary Johnson campaign team, asking that he publicly disavow Roger Stone. I have also expressed my concerns to many libertarian friends.
Gary Johnson may seek the LP nomination, but it is not assured. He should be aware that having Roger Stone on his team is a serious negative for many.
On another note, people should wonder who Stone is working for. Is Johnson paying him? Or is Stone “volunteering” as he has said. If he is volunteering, who is really paying? In the 2010 campaign. Paladino money flowed to the Davis campaign. Is Romney paying Stone? Obama? Is Johnson really an insurance policy for the establishment in case Ron Paul wins the GOP nomination?
These are questions I hope members of the LP and LNC will ask before they swoon over Gary Johnson.
Warren Redlich, Esq.
PO Box 970244
Boca Falls, FL 33497-0244