Posted by Wayne Root at Libertarian Party blog:
Wayne Allyn Root, the Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee (LNCC) announced today the addition of Greg Raymer, one of the great poker professionals in the world, to the Board of the LNCC. Raymer, nicknamed “FossilMan” is best known as the champion of the 2004 World Series of Poker. Raymer beat out a field of over 2500 entrants in winning the then-record $5,000,000 prize. To prove he was one of the best poker professionals in the world, Raymer pulled off the feat of finishing 25th out of a field of almost 6000 entrants in the 2005 World Series of Poker. His lifetime winnings are now just under $7,000,000.
Apart from his success at the poker tables, Raymer is also an attorney, political activist, and philanthropist. He is a tireless advocate for the rights of poker players and is a Board Member of the 1,000,000-member Poker Players Alliance (PPA). Raymer has a Masters degree in Biochemistry and a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He practiced patent law for many years before becoming a full time professional poker player, spending a large part of his career working for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. As a well-known celebrity, Raymer supports a variety of charitable organizations, donating time, talent and memorabilia for charitable auctions.
Root said of Raymer’s addition to the LNCC Board, “I am proud to add one of the world’s greatest poker celebrities, as well as a savvy political activist and former Fortune 500 corporate attorney to our Board. At one point 3 years ago, Greg’s name was floated as a possible Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. I met Greg shortly thereafter and was impressed by his knowledge and commitment to politics, the freedom movement, and the Libertarian Party. There are over 10 million online poker players in America, along with an estimated 50 million Americans who play some form of poker. As a group, poker players are in the forefront of the fight for personal freedom. Greg now joins my good friend and ally Phil Gordon on the LNCC Board. No other major political party in America has chosen to put two world champion poker professionals on their Board of Directors. These two new additions to our LNCC Board prove the commitment of Libertarians to personal freedom. The 60 million plus Americans who play poker should rejoice that there is now a new political choice on the national scene.”
Raymer said, “I am honored to join Wayne Allyn Root and the Libertarian Party in their fight for economic and personal freedom for all Americans. This country is in crisis. The two-party monopoly created this mess. I believe the Libertarian Party is part of the solution. It’s time to reclaim America for the citizens and taxpayers.”