Gary Johnson 2012 Campaign Endorses More Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gary Johnson Campaign Endorses Second Set of Candidates

7 June 2012 – Salt Lake City – Gary Johnson 2012 Campaign Headquarters

www.garyjohnson2012.com

Governor Johnson is pleased to announce, on behalf of himself, Judge Gray and the Johnson/Gray2012 Campaign, his endorsement of the following candidates:

(Note: This is the second in a series of endorsement announcements. Additional endorsements will follow as additional Libertarian candidates enter various races, State Parties complete their nomination processes, and other candidates request endorsements):

 

Andrew R. Groff for the United States Senate, Delaware.
www.andrewgroffforsenate.us

A Delaware native, Andrew Groff graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Economics and Engineering and a minor in Political Science. He is an independent business owner, with a lifetime of experience in international trade. The Green Party of Delaware nominated him for US Senate, and he has been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Delaware.

Governor Johnson states, “Andrew Groff will be the strong, unyielding voice we need in the United States Senate to end the abuses of freedom and liberty we see today. He takes an uncompromising stand against handouts to big business, federal interference in education, and fights hard for fiscally conservative, socially tolerant government. We need more people like Andrew Groff.”

Andrew R. Goff, “I endorse Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray as the presidential ticket that will give Americans a chance to vote for the promise of real change from the closed, broken two-party system. They will end America’s wars, repeal the Patriot Act, stop the mindless Federal “war on drugs,” and give us true marriage equality as a Civil Right. Electing Libertarian candidates is the only way to end the death grip of the special interests that currently control American politics.”

 

William “Bill” Pojunis for the United States Congress, Nevada 1st district.
www.lpnvote.com/bill-pojunis-for-congress-cd1

Bill’s involvement with politics began in 1951 when his mother took him to an “I LIKE IKE” rally in Baltimore. Twenty-eight years later he was elected to the Planning Commission of his hometown in Pennsylvania. For most of his career he worked as a Government Account Manager for an international publishing company. Bill has lived in several foreign countries, served in the US Army Security Agency, and was widowed after 35 years of marriage. He has two grown sons, and ample time to devote to restoring the principles of social tolerance and fiscal sanity to our federal government.

Gary Johnson states, “Bill Pojunis offers voters in Nevada the choice of a true Constitutional Conservative dedicated to the ideals of personal liberty and bringing an end to wasteful government spending and debt.”

Bill Pojunis says, “The Libertarian Party ticket is the only one that offers American voters a real choice in this election. Governor Johnson has proved he is the only candidate who can reduce the negative impact of far too much government in our lives.”

 

 

Joseph Silvestri for the United States Congress, Nevada 4th district.
www.lpnvote.com/joe-silvestri-for-congress-cd4

Joe Silvestri grew up on Long Island, New York. He received a bachelor of arts in 1987 and a Master’s degree in 1993 from the State University of New York. Joe moved to Nevada in 1997 and currently works for the Clark County School District as a teacher of World History as well as serving as the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Nevada.

Gary Johnson states, “Joe Silvestri will work hard for the citizens of Nevada to defend their freedom and lower their taxes. Joe knows how to reduce the role of government in our lives and to rebuild the economy.”

Joe Silvestri, “Governor Johnson and Judge Gray are dedicated to reducing the size of government, and to restoring freedom.”

 

Michael McDermott for the United States Congress. New York, 3rd District.
www.mcdermottforcongress2012.com

After over thirty years as a registered Republican, Michael was inspired by the choice of Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Presidential nomination and changed his official party affiliation to Libertarian earlier this month to “more fully support the campaign.” In 1986 he was elected to the Hauppauge School. In 1987 he was elected President of the School Board. He served as President through 1989 and reduced taxes every year as President. He obtained his Real Estate Broker’s License on September 10, 2001. He has also been endorsed by Queens (New York) Libertarian Party.

Gary Johnson states: “Michael McDermott is well qualified to be a member of the United States Congress. Together we will restore the precious liberties we have lost and return our government to one small enough to fit inside the US Constitution.”

Michael McDermott, “I support Governor Gary Johnson as the best choice for President of the United States. I look forward to the campaign and will help in any way I can!”

 

Brian Irving for the United States Congress, North Carolina 2nd district.
www.libertypoint.org

Brian served 12 years in the United States Air Force before reaching the rank of second lieutenant and then served another 13 years as a public affairs officer at bases in the USA and abroad. After retiring from public service he served as a communications director for the United Way, and other charities. He ran for office as a Libertarian and was appointed to the Fayetteville City Planning Commission from July 2000 to July 2004, including two years a chair. Brian holds an undergraduate degree in social studies from the University of the Philippines, a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University (New Orleans).

Governor Johnson states, “Brian has repeatedly demonstrated the courage and integrity to honor the oath he’ll take as a member of the Congress – “To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” We need that integrity in our Congress now more than ever. Vote for Brian Irving.

Brian Irving, “I support Gary Johnson because he is the only candidate who will end America’s interventionist foreign wars and bring our troops home. He will stop out of control spending, and advance our personal liberty just as he did as Governor of New Mexico.”

 

Paul D. Hinds for Ohio State Senate, 12th district.
www.hindsforohio.com

Paul is a successful small business entrepreneur. He joined the Allen County Chamber of Commerce and opened Holliday Supply Etc. — a retail party store immediately after graduation from Perry High School. A few years later he sold the company to become a full time brand ambassador across the state of Ohio for high-end technology products manufactured by Hewett Packard, Panasonic, Sony and others.

Gary Johnson states, “Paul D Hinds is a successful small business owner who understands jobs. He is the only candidate running for Ohio Senate who is both fiscally conservative, and socially tolerant. Paul will bring the Libertarian Party principles of maximum freedom and minimum government to the Ohio Senate.”

Paul Hinds, “I endorse Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray because of their individual accomplishments which have advanced civil liberties and limited government.”

 

 

Eric Eberly for Ohio House of Representatives, 5th District.
www.eberlyforcongress.com

Eric Eberly’s parents are both veterans of the United States Army. Eric knows first-hand the sacrifices our veterans have made for our Liberty. He earned a degree in Small Business Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude and is also a licensed Real Estate agent. Eric is a resident of Bowling Green in Wood County, a supporter of the Toledo Food Bank, Cherry Street Mission and Habitat for Humanity and is engaged to marry Suzanna Tyrrell, a local entrepreneur.

Gary Johnson states, “Eric Eberly is a citizen-leader and will bring the Libertarian principles of minimum government and maximum freedom to Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. Eric knows that small business and entrepreneurs are the best facilitators for creating wealth and prosperity for all of us.”

Eric Eberly, “Governor Johnson has a track record and resume that puts his qualifications far above the other candidates in the race. He is also an outspoken advocate who has proven he can truly limit the power of government.”

 

Peter Richter for Florida State House of Representatives, 106th district.
www.electrichter.com

Peter has a B.A. in Computer Science from Lake Forest College. He owns a small business managing IT services, helping local businesses in Naples, Florida where he also lives with his wife and two young daughters. He has been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Collier County and the Libertarian Party of Florida.

Gary Johnson states, “Peter Richter will defend individual liberty, fight for limited government, small business and will be a stand for ethics in the Florida State House.”

Peter Richter, “Governor Johnson has proved he is the ONLY candidate willing and able to make the necessary spending cuts to save our nation.”

 

 

Robert Sherwin for Ohio State House of Representatives, 57th district.
www.bobsherwin.org

Robert Sherwin was born in Berea, Ohio in 1957. In 2005 he graduated with honors from Lorain County Community College. He has been employed for 11 years as an Engineering Mechanic at the Bioplastics Company. Robert has been a political activist for most of his adult life spreading the libertarian message of lower taxes, limited government, personal choice and responsibility, pro-small business, 2nd amendment rights, school choice, and lifestyle respect. He has been actively involved in the Lorain County Libertarian Party for 3 years and serves on both the Executive and Central committees.

Gary Johnson states, “Robert will use the Libertarian values of small government, lower taxes and maximum personal freedom to strip regulations that hurt small business, reform Ohio’s education system and protect state sovereignty against our overreaching federal government.”

Robert Sherwin, “Governor Johnson is the only presidential candidate who will not put rhetoric and party politics above the rights of the people. He is a true Libertarian.”

 

Daryl R. Olthaus for Butler County Ohio County Commissioner.
www.facebook.com/OlthausForButlerCountyCommissioner

Daryl is a life-long resident of Butler County. He spent four years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and was honorably discharged in 1982. Daryl graduated from Miami University with an associate’s degree in Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in political science. He serves in several elected Libertarian positions including, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO) Central committee and the LPO Executive Committee.

Governor Johnson states, “Daryl Olthaus will be a tremendous asset to the Butler County Commission. Daryl will bring principles of maximum freedom and minimum government — a fresh perspective that is needed in Butler county government.”

Daryl Olthaus, “I endorse Johnson/Gray 2012 because they have demonstrated the leadership qualities necessary to guide the United States through these turbulent times to American prosperity and success. Using the Libertarian principles of limited government, free markets and individual responsibility, Gary Johnson and James Gray will help all of us realize the American Dream.”

 

The process for requesting an endorsement from Governor Johnson and the Johnson/Gray 2012 campaign is explicated in the 31 May 2012 article:

Johnson Campaign Announces Process for Endorsements

available online at:

http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2012/05/johnson-campaign-announces-process-for-endorsements/

 

Contact:
Joseph G. Buchman, PhD
josephbuchman@garyjohnson2012.com
731 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Direct::435 602 0798
Campaign Office: 801 303 7926

 

 

34 thoughts on “Gary Johnson 2012 Campaign Endorses More Candidates

  1. Trent Hill

    Michael McDermott — I thought that was a poker-shark from New York City?

    Rounders reference–points to anyone who got it.

  2. Robert Capozzi

    I still consider it a small mistake to endorse non-Ls. However, in light of the last youtube, it at least tracks, as GJ is reaching out to non-Ls for support for “one time.”

  3. Austin Battenberg

    @2 Which one is a non-Libertarian?

    I’d like to say overall, this is great. I know it won’t get too much exposure, but because of sites like IPR, I now know of these other candidates, and any tiny bit of additional attention is great. It truly feels like he is attempting to build the party.

    I registered Republican to vote for Ron Paul in the primary, and I was thinking of registering as an Independent, but maybe I might reregister as a Libertarian. We’ll see.

  4. Robert Capozzi

    Groff appears to be the Green candidate, later endorsed by the LP of DE.

    This is a technical national bylaws violation, as I understand it.

    I’m sure I’ll be corrected if I’m incorrect.

  5. Steve M

    @6 The Delaware Libertarian Party might be violating the National Party Bylaws. But I don’t see such a rule for Presidential candidates.

    I also find it troubling that the National Party might try to restrict the right to free speech of an affiliate party.

    4. No affiliate party shall endorse any candidate who is a member of another party for public
    office in any partisan election. No affiliate party shall take any action inconsistent with the
    Statement of Principles or these Bylaws.

  6. JT

    Steve: “I also find it troubling that the National Party might try to restrict the right to free speech of an affiliate party.”

    There’s no restriction of “the right to free speech” here. Delegates to the national convention have a right to vote on the bylaws. No state organization that wants to be affiliated has any right to violate those bylaws.

  7. Steve M

    JT,

    I beg to differ it is a restriction. You can argue that if a local affiliate doesn’t like the restriction that they can dis-affiliate. It that really a smart option? Seems to much like a tyranny of the majority to me.

  8. JT

    Steve: “I beg to differ it is a restriction.”

    I didn’t say that it’s not a restriction. I said that it’s not a restriction of the *right to free speech.* When you voluntarily join any organization that has rules, you must abide by those rules. You don’t have any “right” to violate those rules. Rights don’t conflict with each other.

    Steve: “You can argue that if a local affiliate doesn’t like the restriction that they can dis-affiliate. It that really a smart option? Seems to much like a tyranny of the majority to me.”

    Well that’s the option for anyone who doesn’t like restrictions established by some business or association. You stay & abide, or you go. That’s the way it would be in a totally libertarian society. To call that “tyranny of the majority” is absurd.

  9. David Colborne

    I’m ecstatic to see more Nevadans receive am official endorsement from Gary Johnson, including our entire partisan Libertarian slate. Good work, Joe and Bill! Keep up the fight and take some scalps.

  10. Steve Newton

    @JT: the bylaw is inappropriate and archaic, and does not take into account local circumstances. Moreover, many state LPs have ignored it in spirit or in fact for many years. Since you apparently missed it the thread where the LPD first endorsed Andy Groff, Delaware’s answer is here:

    http://delawarelibertarian.blogspot.com/2012/06/on-being-libertarian-in-delaware.html

    Even if valid such bylaw restrictions would not bind the Gary Johnson campaign, as the endorsement process required the recommendation of the State campaign director (which is me), and not the endorsement of the local LP.

    The whole argument raises an interesting question: we’ve no interest in disaffiliating with the national LP, nor do they apparently have a problem with the fusion candidates we’ve been running for years–they’ve been publishing them on the LP website all along, and members of the LNC have been in attendance at conventions when we have nominated fusion candidates.

    Moreover, as you seem to not realize, the relationship between national and state is not necessarily hierarchical. They need our ballot access (which is among the most solid and least costly to them in the entire country) and much as we need them.

  11. JP AREN

    Funny how Johnson is reciprocal endorsements now. Guess he learned his lesson when he endorsed Paul and Paul didn’t return the favor

  12. JT

    Steve N: “the bylaw is inappropriate and archaic, and does not take into account local circumstances.”

    Red herring. I don’t think it’s inappropriate anyway though.

    Steve N: “Moreover, many state LPs have ignored it in spirit or in fact for many years.”

    Red herring.

    Steve N: “Since you apparently missed it the thread where the LPD first endorsed Andy Groff, Delaware’s answer is here:”

    I didn’t miss it. I read it all.

    Steve N: “The whole argument raises an interesting question: we’ve no interest in disaffiliating with the national LP, nor do they apparently have a problem with the fusion candidates we’ve been running for years–they’ve been publishing them on the LP website all along, and members of the LNC have been in attendance at conventions when we have nominated fusion candidates.”

    Then those people are just ignoring the bylaws approved by the delegates.

    Steve N: “Moreover, as you seem to not realize, the relationship between national and state is not necessarily hierarchical. They need our ballot access (which is among the most solid and least costly to them in the entire country) [as] much as we need them.”

    It’s hierarchical in the sense that the LP USA is the central organization that grants affiliate status in each state to a certain group. The LNC is supposed to abide by the bylaws (established by delegates to a national convention) in doing so. But the LNC is supposed to stay out of the internal affairs of state parties if they don’t have anything to do with that affiliate status.

    Regardless, my earlier posts simply concerned whether a bylaws restriction was a violation of *right to free speech.*

  13. Steve M

    JT,
    My original statement was:

    “I also find it troubling that the National Party might try to restrict the right to free speech of an affiliate party.”

    Which you have morphed into:

    “Regardless, my earlier posts simply concerned whether a bylaws restriction was a violation of *right to free speech.*”

    So now I am going to morph your position to:

    There is no restriction on the right to free speech as long as you don’t say what we don’t want you to say.

  14. Joe Buchman

    Am on my way to Texas for the LP Texas convention (and lunch with my good friend Andre Marrou — the last time I worked for a campaign was his in 1992, while I was on the faculty of the department of broadcasting at the University of Tennessee, last saw him at his wedding to Kathy . . .).

    So I expect another batch of endorsements of Libertarians-only coming early next week.

    Frankly I had not seen the bylaw on affiliate endorsements of non-BIG-L Libertarians, although I had been aware of it a few years ago when I suggested the LP Utah make such endorsements where no Libertarian was running. It is something to think about.

    So far our touchstone on that has simply been about endorsing those with a clear libertarian agenda and with links to BIG-L Libertarian sites (lp.org, or their state party, or our campaign) on their websites.

    Again ALL ideas, suggestions, feedback and most criticism (all of it has been just fine so far– that’s for that too), is WELCOME.

    You’re also welcome to urge candidates to ask for Governor Johnson’s endorsement. So far we’ve been responding to those requests and not actively seeking out candidates who might want our endorsement (although I might start doing that if I ever get bored . . .)

    🙂

    Joe

  15. Joe Buchman

    PS I see what I did incorrectly this time. Will get those links working later this weekend when I have a bit more stable internet access than I do right now on this flight.

    Thanks for pointing that out. Still learning my way around the IPR blogging software.

    Joe

  16. JT

    Steve, what’s the morph?

    We’re both talking about whether it’s a restriction of the “right to free speech” to preclude a state party voluntarily affiliated with the national party from endorsing candidates of other parties, as per the national bylaws. I’m saying that you don’t have a “right” to do anything under the auspices of a voluntary organization that violates that organization’s restrictions.

  17. Steve M

    JT

    I never used the word violation it is very different then the word restriction.

    If a voluntary organization has a restriction which violates the law then that restriction can become unenforceable. Which is an interesting word in itself since enforceable contains the word force.

    So individuals and groups of individuals have rights such as free speech which pertaining to political speech are a right. The question becomes can these rights be restricted by contract?

    Certainly commercial speech such as confidentiality of information can be restricted but can political speech be restricted? I certainly hope not. What would then stop an employer from requiring an employe to not endorse a political party or candidate as a term of employment?

  18. JT

    Steve M: “I never used the word violation it is very different then the word restriction.”

    Okay, restriction then.

    Steve M: “If a voluntary organization has a restriction which violates the law then that restriction can become unenforceable.”

    Of course it can, if the government gets involved.

    Steve M: “So individuals and groups of individuals have rights such as free speech which pertaining to political speech are a right. The question becomes can these rights be restricted by contract?”

    Individuals have rights, yes. Voluntary groups have rights by extension, yes. Free speech is a right, yes. I wouldn’t distinguish between political speech or any other kind of speech though.

    But are you saying that it may be wrong for a political party to have a rule for groups that voluntarily wish to be affiliated with it that they can’t endorse candidates outside of the party? Either a political party or other voluntary organization has a right to set rules for groups who wish to be a part of it or it doesn’t. It can’t have a right to set restrictions within the organization & while others have a right to violate those restrictions within the organization.

  19. Nick Kruse

    As long as Johnson is receiving reciprocal endorsements, I see know reason why the campaign shouldn’t endorse libertarian-leaning members of other parties.

  20. Joe Buchman

    Steve M @ 2 and 3 — Sorry about that.

    I’ve fixed the links, double checked them, and they seem to all be working now.

    Let me know if you find any that are (still) broken.

    Joe

  21. Steve M

    JT,

    I think it is foolish too set one standard which ignores local rules and conditions. I also think that enforcing the rule would be even more foolish.

    Joe,

    No problem… thanks for fixing them.

  22. Robert Capozzi

    Yes, I can’t imagine that GJ’s campaign giving reciprocal endorsements hurts the effort. That the LP of DE has done what it’s done further immunizes from any blowback.

    Mostly, this is a goodwill gesture, as none of these candidates are going to win in all likelihood.

  23. Gigi Bowman

    So happy to see Gary Johnson endorsing Liberty Candidates –something Ron Paul could not do for some reason (and certainly something Rand isn’t doing 🙂

    Keep up the good work Gary Johnson. These endorsements mean a lot!

  24. Mark Axinn

    Trent @1:

    Michael McDermott will be seeking the endorsement of the other two counties in his district tomorrow at the Nassau/Suffolk Libertarian Party Convention.

    Feel free to come and see if he’s the same guy as your poker shark.

    I won’t give odds on that! 🙂

  25. ralph

    What is the reason for these endorsements?

    @16 The LP is there to run its Libertarian candidates, not endorse those of other parties. The by-law reflects this, the exception being fusion candidates.

    The correct procedure is for the party to ‘recommend’ another party candidate if it must.

  26. Joe Buchman

    Robert @ 25

    “Mostly, this is a goodwill gesture, as none of these candidates are going to win in all likelihood.”

    My sense is this nation is heading for a tipping point where anything that currently seems impossible, could suddenly become possible. And, yes, it’s part good will, part social media marketing (my goal? 1,000 links to http://www.garyjohnson2012.com on 1,000 candidate websites), part networking (connecting all these candidates to each other), part marketing (getting a Libertarian/Campaign press release out every few days) . . .

  27. Joe Buchman

    Gigi @ 26 — THANKS!

    It’s great getting to know everyone running for office as a Libertarian plus everyone running for office who is seeking Governor Johnson’s endorsement, plus EVERYONE here.

    I feel like I have the job of making 5,000 new friends, all Libertarians, or libertarians, or people considering becoming either or both of the above!

    (It’s kinda a fun job!)

    I hear there are about 200 BIG L Libertarians who will be on the ballot here in Texas in November with at least 50 of them here at the convention, so look for lots bore BIG-L, BIG-TEXAS, endorsements coming soon.

    Joe
    josephbuchman@garyjohnson2012.com

  28. Charles Lupton

    A point of clarity here, while Gov. Johnson’s campaign on the top ticket does represent the LP. The campaign itself is not a “state party” or part of the LNC technically. Any campaign is a private entity and just because that private entity is a representative of a public one does not mean they are bound by the rules the govern the public entity itself. If Gov. Johnson was both a candidate and a member of state LP leadership or national leadership, then there is a problem. If the LP, as the whole sum of it members and delegates, disagrees with a campaign then they are free to speak out and members should then encourage their leaders to do so.

    As for myself, I see the political advantage here not unlike Rand’s recent endorsement, but the major difference is Romney is NOT libertarian minded or leaning in the majority of his stances and where he may have changed to get the endorsement are small in overall thought. I say for the endorsements the campaign makes, ignore the letter after the name and look at the candidates themselves. Then if there is a problem complain about that as will make both the campaign and the endorsement process better.

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