We have not announced our last set of candidate endorsements and the earlier announcement of an endorsement by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson in the US Senate race in New Mexico was the result of a clerical mistake entirely on my part — not Jon Barrie’s nor Governor Johnson’s.
I sent Jon the text of the endorsement as I had prepared it for use in our next press release (along with about 10 other candidates who we have been vetting over the past few weeks) but it had not yet been reviewed or approved by the Governor himself, nor had it been officially released by the campaign.
Look for that list of our last set of candidate endorsements to be posted here and on our website, just as the others have been, by the campaign later tonight or tomorrow.
My personal apologies, especially to Jon Barrie and his excellent campaign staff, for any confusion or embarrassment caused by my mishandling of his endorsement request to the Governor.
Again, Jon Barrie did nothing wrong here. His request certainly met our previously stated standards for vetting (not running against a Libertarian, an endorsement of the Governor, a Liberty-oriented campaign, a campaign website, etc) and passing the endorsement request for review and consideration by the Governor.
Jon, his family, his staff and their families are, as has been noted elsewhere, warmly invited to celebrate with the Governor at the Hotel Albuquerque on November 6th.
The first round of drinks for Jon and his campaign staff, should they still choose to attend, will be on me.
PS Also my apologies to those other candidates, some of whom have been waiting for an endorsement for several weeks. I can say this process was much easier in May and June than it has been during the last two or three months when both the Governor’s travel and media interview schedule, as well as my accountabilities in other areas of the campaign became somewhat more demanding . . .