Gov. Bill Weld: “I want to simply take a moment to express my deep gratitude to you for allowing me to join Governor Johnson on the Libertarian ticket”

From Gov. Bill Weld’s Facebook page:
JohnsonWeld44Friends,

I apologize for being a couple of days behind in writing this letter. As you may have seen, Governor Johnson and I have been busy making the media rounds in New York City — taking the Libertarian Party’s message to virtually every network and major media outlet in the nation.

The response has been amazing, and has, I hope, validated the confidence Delegates placed in me last weekend when you nominated me to be the Party’s nominee for Vice-President of the United States.

I am honored to have received that nomination, and am proud to now be taking our message to everyone who will listen.

I am also very conscious of the fact that the convention was, at times, a bit tough — and my candidacy controversial to some. I understand that, and look forward to earning your trust in my ability to help lead the Libertarian Party to historic success in 2016.

You selected me to do a job, and I intend to do it well.

We have a lot of work to do, and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. If the national response to the Johnson/Weld ticket so far is any indication, we are well on our way to establishing Libertarians as not just a third party, but the viable and sane alternative.

But before we tackle the hard work of the general election campaign, I want to simply take a moment to express my deep gratitude to you for allowing me to join Governor Johnson on the Libertarian ticket. It is your dedication to Liberty that has put us in a position to do great things in 2016, and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of achieving those great things.

It is time for us all to unite and go about the task of putting Libertarian principles on the national stage. I look forward to working with you to do just that.

Thank you,

Governor Bill Weld

41 thoughts on “Gov. Bill Weld: “I want to simply take a moment to express my deep gratitude to you for allowing me to join Governor Johnson on the Libertarian ticket”

  1. Steve m

    The question I would have liked have asked Governor Weld before his selection is “will you work to support Libertarian down ticket candidates and if yes, how will you do so?”

  2. Darcy G Richardson

    “johnsonweld/cfr/gop2.0/2016” — Raymond Agnew

    True. It’s the establishment’s alternative to itself, an insurance policy for the ruling elite — those who never in a million years would have considered embracing a genuine libertarian ticket.

  3. robert capozzi

    dgr, sounds conspiratorial. Are you saying the Establishment engineered the Orlando outcome? That they bought an insurance policy there?

  4. Tony From Long Island

    Regarding helping the down ticket. Simply getting national exposure in and of itself helps the down ticket. It gives the word “libertarian” name recognition. Johnson and Weld are expressing libertarianism in a way that is palatable to the average voter who is not as passionate as the average LP member. If that helps people look further into the philosophy, then mission accomplished.

  5. Jon

    Ironic that the very people who complain about Johnson and Weld being too mainstream and insurance for the establishment want the down ballot loons to ride their “establishment” coattails.

  6. Tony From Long Island

    Jon: I was thinking the same exact thing. Every time I post something that I believe represents pragmatic libertarianism, I get told I am not libertarian enough. Those same people would likely have no problem if Johnson or Weld stumped for one of their purist down ballot candidates.

    No political party has ever or will ever implement their entire agenda. The same would apply to the LP were it to elect members of congress or even a President. However, it can work to realistically implement policies that would shrink the size and role of government.

    The disastrous results of political purism can be seen by the shameless right-wing obstructionists in congress today.

  7. Darcy G Richardson

    “dgr, sounds conspiratorial. Are you saying the Establishment engineered the Orlando outcome? That they bought an insurance policy there?” — Robert Capozzi

    No, Bob, I’m not saying there was a conspiracy. I’m just saying it was kind of strange how Weld — a Rockefeller Republican (and a lobbyist, no less) — was suddenly thrust on the party.

  8. Darcy G Richardson

    It’s just really weird that the LP, the country’s leading third party, would come up with such a ticket in a year when the electorate is clamoring for some sort of antiestablishment alternative.

  9. Tony From Long Island

    DGR: The hard core members of the two main parties might be looking for an “anti-establishment” alternative, but Mrs. Clinton has many more primary votes than Bernie and Mr. Trump won most of his primaries with less than 50%.

    Most of my friends who are only casual followers of politics are not looking for some anti-establishment alternative. Don’t let primaries be an example of the entire electorate. Mrs. Clinton is going to win the election by a very healthy margin. I will almost certainly be voting for Gary Johnson – again.

  10. robert capozzi

    Yes, not only will HRC win the nomination and probably the election, but DJT often acknowledges that he is “establishment.”

    I’m pretty sure that GJ reached out to WW maybe 6 weeks ago. They knew each other back in the day. The logic of 2 former renegade Rs with resumes makes a lot of sense.

    People are “fed up,” which reflects in HRC and DJT’s weak favorability ratings. Maybe the way to shake things up (but not too much!) is to vote for a 3rd party that has QUALIFIED candidates, vs. mere no-name candidates.

  11. Trent Hill

    Darcy–I’m willing to bet Johnson/Weld outpolls, in terms of raw votes, any previous LP campaign. Care to take that bet?

  12. Andy

    I would wager that in terms of creating new Libertarian activists, Weld turns more of these people away, or puts them to sleep, than he inspires to get active in the cause of liberty.

    What happened to all of those Bob Barr and Wayne Root libertarians? I have yet to meet one since they ran, and I talk to lots of people.

  13. robert capozzi

    AJ, what happened to all those Bergland and Marrou Ls?

    The numbers of cult challengers are tiny, and always have been.

  14. Gene Berkman

    Bill Weld has been on libertarian’s radar since his first election in 1990. He is hardly a Rockefeller Republican – Rockefeller pushed through a harsh anti-drug law in 1973, while Bill Weld signed the nation’s first medical marijuana law in the early 1990s.

    Nelson Rockefeller increased taxes and spending, Bill Weld cut spending before letting rise to a lower level than before he took office, and signed a number of tax cuts.

    Bill Weld aligned himself with Rep. Phil Crane and Rep Jack Kemp, not with the big government Republicans that came to dominate the Republican Party in the Bush era.

    I for one prefer a candidate with past accomplishment over someone who exudes kookiness, such as the fourth place winner, who shall remain anonymous.

  15. Be Rational

    Actually, the LP shrank disasterously during the Bergland campaign and thereafter until the Ron Paul campaign. The LP grew significantly during the run-up to and throughout the Marrou campaign in 1992 and for a while thereafter. The Bergland campaign was totally incompetent, the national office was moved to Houston and essentially gutted the party financial and business operations. Marrou was far more competent and the LP office was better organized and managed during that period.

  16. robert capozzi

    br, depends on what you mean by “significantly.”

    My guess is Johnson/Weld might crack 5MM votes. How many of them choose to officially challenge the cult is another matter.

  17. Steve m

    Jon and long island,

    If you were referring to my question. About asking what Weld would do for the down ticket Libertarian candidates.

    I have a couple of responses. I was one of the donors that contributed over 4k$ to the Johnson 2012 race. I contributed 1600$ to getting the Libertarians onto the Oklahoma ballot. Those loons as you call them are the party activists that created the Libertarian party and have put it on the ballot on almost all 50 States election after election.

    Weld may be establishment but he is the one ridding on the sweat equity of the down party candidates.

    Yes his addition to the POTUS race may help grow the party. Thisay help the down ticket candidates but I would hope that Gov Weld would make additional efforts to find the higher quality down party candidates and put them in positions where they receive attention from the public and press.

    I trust the two of you are not so clueless about politics as to also underestimate the need for party loyalists to actively support the top of the ticket.

  18. langa

    If vote totals, or even membership numbers, are the “alpha and omega” yardstick for measuring the LP’s success, then perhaps we should have offered our ballot line to Ted Cruz/Mitt Romney. I guarantee they would have brought in more members, and received far more votes, than Johnson/Weld.

  19. Darcy G Richardson

    “Darcy–I’m willing to bet Johnson/Weld outpolls, in terms of raw votes, any previous LP campaign. Care to take that bet?” — Trent Hill

    Hi Trent. I’m not opposed to betting on horses, but I really don’t see a third-party thoroughbred in this year’s field, certainly not — as somebody like Donald Trump might say — the snooze and booze establishment ticket nominated by the Libertarian Party, an uninspiring pairing of political has-beens who pose absolutely no threat to the ruling elite in Wall Street-occupied Washington.

    As Tom Woods recently observed, this will be a particularly difficult race for the LP since the lead horse was never properly conditioned for this kind of equine event.

    The other horse, of course, has never demonstrated a genuine commitment to libertarianism or the party and as they round the curve and sprint into the homestretch might suddenly stop, jump the fence and eat some apples — not entirely unlike what he did with the Libertarian Party in New York a decade ago.

    In any case, Trent, if you want to make a modest wager on who will “show” in the Stein-Johnson race for third place, I might be interested.

  20. robert capozzi

    L: ….Ted Cruz/Mitt Romney. I guarantee they would have brought in more members, and received far more votes, than Johnson/Weld.

    me: Agreed. You apparently see no difference between the four of them. And I can see why you would not, as your perspective is from the apex of the Nolan diamond.

    Did you watch the TV interviews J/W did with the major media? Have you noticed that GJ has been using a version of the NAP as part of his rap? And that WW has been telling stories about how uncomfortable he’s been in the GOP?

    The media blitz could have been better, but it’s about as good as L politics is gonna get.

  21. langa

    You apparently see no difference between the four of them.

    My point was not that there is no difference between them. Rather, my point was that a candidate’s ability to get votes or attract people to the party is worthless if the candidate does so by running on a platform that is not sufficiently libertarian. I think we can agree that Cruz and Romney definitely do not meet that standard. Perhaps in your mind, Johnson and Weld do. To me, they do not. (The 2012 version of Johnson barely met the threshold. The 2016 version does not, and Weld is not even close to as libertarian as the Johnson of 2012.)

  22. Tony From Long Island

    Steve M:

    You make a very good point about party loyalists and for the most part I have much respect for them and their passion. But if by “party loyalists,” you mean anarchists, then I have no use for them. If by “party loyalists” you mean that buffoon who stripped on stage during the convention, then you can keep your less than 1% of the vote.

    Party loyalists, however, need to see the importance of pragmatism when it comes to candidates who can reach the widest audience. Please don’t compare Johnson / Weld to Barr / Root in terms of compromising principles TOO MUCH. Gary Johnson is NOT Bob Barr. Barr / Root was a joke and a hijacking. Gary Johnson is a libertarian and will not leave the LP after the election. He may not be AS LIBERTARIAN as some party loyalists would prefer, but Bob Barr wasn’t libertarian at all. He was an opportunist

  23. steve m

    Tony,

    The anarchists that you have no use for were among the hardest working party loyalists that got the Libertarian Party ballot access on over 38 states so far this year. You have no use for them? Nonsense you already have been using them. And then you disrespect them. I think that says a great deal about your lack of personal integrity.

  24. Tony From Long Island

    My “no use for” comment is as in I have no use for them as human beings! It is – if anarchists are what defines the LP then I have no use for them POLITICALLY. I am not an anarchist. I am a democrat who leans libertarian – or – a very moderate libertarian. There was no place for me in the LP because I am only 70 / 70 on the Nolan Test.

    I believe there is incredible waste in government. I believe the budget could be cut by 1 /3 and have no interruption of services. I don’t believe public assistance should be ended, only much more highly scrutinized. I needed public assistance to get back on my feet. It took me almost two years but I am doing well now. There were no charities opening their arms.

    I strongly believe in a non-interventionist foreign policy. I align well with the LP on this issue.

    I do not believe income tax should be abolished but instead made much more “flatter” with no loopholes and 3 – maybe 4 brackets.

    I could go on but you get the point. There is much I have in common with the LP but also much where I differ. If the “purists” and “anarchists” are who represent the LP, then I have no use for them POLITICALLY. I admire their passion, but I have no passion for most of what they are passionate about. I make no personal attack here.

    I voted for Bernie in the primary and will probably vote for Gary Johnson in November.

  25. robert capozzi

    I’m noticing more and more polls including GJ. If the pollsters keep including him, odds are good that the numbers will creep up.

  26. Be Rational

    June 3, 2016 at 12:26
    “The anarchists that you have no use for were among the hardest working party loyalists that got the Libertarian Party ballot access on over 38 states so far this year …”

    Just to clarify, most of those states already had ballot access earned in previous years, including one state LP that I helped organize, and to qualify for permanent ballot status for the first time, which it has maintained continuously ever since, for more than three decades now.

    Of course, I’ve been one of those hardworking anarchist, NAP, Statement of Principles defenders all that time.

  27. Trent Hill

    “In any case, Trent, if you want to make a modest wager on who will “show” in the Stein-Johnson race for third place, I might be interested.”

    Deal. How about if its Johnson you send me a full set of The Others. If its Stein, I buy a full set.

    Either way, I win because I get to tackle The Others. I read your book on 1968 and was mesmerized.

  28. Tony From Long Island

    For someone who follows what I feel to be quite irrational “anarchism,” you seem to usually be pretty rational on here 🙂

  29. steve m

    I think irrationality is when you trash the people that helped give you the chance to vote for your candidate in November. Its like biting the hand that feeds you. Its not like you have to agree with them 100% in order to say thanks for the effort and accomplishments.

  30. Be Rational

    Tony,
    We can certainly work together for personal liberties, smaller government and withdrawing from the unending wars in the ME.
    We have a long way to go and a lot of liberty to win before we have to worry about out government getting too small.

  31. Darcy G Richardson

    “Deal. How about if its Johnson you send me a full set of The Others. If its Stein, I buy a full set.” — Trent Hill

    It’s a deal, Trent. Thanks, too, for the kinds words about my 1968 book. I hope all is well.

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