Free and Equal Announces Gary Johnson Endorsement and CPAC Participation

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Johnson Supports Free and Equal’s Commitment to Candidate and Voter Rights

Free and Equal Elections Foundation today announced that Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, has endorsed the Foundation’s efforts to reform election laws and improve candidate and voter rights.

Johnson served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. A republican known for his libertarian views, Johnson founded the Our America Initiative, a political advocacy organization that promotes small and efficient government, lower taxes, civil liberties, free enterprise, and an end to marijuana prohibition.

“Non-establishment candidates must jump through all sorts of hoops to get on the ballot,” stated Gary Johnson. “The system impedes new leaders and new ideas from even being considered by voters in elections, leaving us with fewer choices and compromising our democracy. Our election laws obstruct healthy competition. Americans deserve more, and Free and Equal is leading the way to reforming our country’s inequitable election laws.”

“As advocates for the right of all people to vote and run for office, we are proud to receive Gary Johnson’s endorsement,” said Free and Equal’s founder and chair Christina Tobin. “Politics as usual must end, and the only way to accomplish that is at the ballot box.”

Free and Equal will be sharing a booth with Our America Initiative and other like-minded organizations at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Click here to purchase tickets online.

New Website Launches Tuesday

Free and Equal Elections Foundation will launch its new website on Tuesday, February 1. The new site will enable visitors to participate directly in electoral reform. Each state will have its own caucus with its own web page featuring local news and events and localized content from Ballot Access News and other sources. The new website will transition into a social online networking portal and tool for electoral reform. Each state caucus will have its own Facebook group and caucus leader, who will coordinate activism for each state such as educational campaigns, legislation and litigation.


IPR Note: Gary Johnson is a former dues paying member of the Libertarian Party.

26 thoughts on “Free and Equal Announces Gary Johnson Endorsement and CPAC Participation

  1. Daniel Surman

    Anybody here going to CPAC? I am sure the LP and maybe CP will have some kind of presence there, although I am not sure of this. I know in the past the LP leadership has done outreach there. And of course Ron Paul loyalists are set to make a big showing there.

  2. NewFederalist

    “IPR Note: Gary Johnson is a former dues paying member of the Libertarian Party.”

    FYI- There are TWO Gary Johnsons. One is the former Republican governor of New Mexico and the other is a long standing LP member from Texas. I don’t know that the former governor was ever a dues paying LP member. I know he has libertarian leanings but I do not know about his party membership. Perhaps someone can shed some light on this.

  3. paulie Post author

    I don’t know that the former governor was ever a dues paying LP member.

    The Governor was a former dues paying member of the LP. I knew some people that were doing fundraising for the LP in NM while he was gov and came across him in the database. They later met him and asked if he was the same Gary Johnson as that one, and he said yes.

  4. paulie Post author

    Also, IIRC a 60 min episode on him correctly, he did say he was in the LP but did not renew his dues because the party is too extreme.

  5. Sane LP Member

    Gary needs to go visit some LP state conventions. Not all are wackos’. Not too hard to figure out the states that have escorted the nutjobs to the parking lot. Maybe he will think again about rejoining. The LP is not as extreme today overall as it was a few years ago.

  6. Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    We’ll be there, locked and loaded!

    Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    #1 Sarah Palin fan

    “don’t retreat, reload” — Sarah Palin

  7. Greatest Parliamentary Fights

    We’re on the move. We’re coming to America.
    We’re for a peaceful voting system.

    You wrote:
    “We’ll be there, locked and loaded! #1 Sarah Palin fan “don’t retreat, reload” — Sarah Palin

    Haven’t you heard about working together, peacefully? Under a stack of ballots as proof. See my link to learn how it works.

  8. Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    Working together peacefully is for dirty hippies, sissies, queers and girlie men.

    While liberal homos work together peacefully, we will come in and riddle them with bullets as proof.

    Just like my fellow Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot did to that liberal bitch Gabrielle Giffords here in Tucson.

    Sarah Palin said liberals like Giffords should be targeted and I quote, “don’t retreat, reload.”

    My fellow Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot did just that. Job well done. High Five!

  9. Greatest Parliamentary Fights

    “[…snip, snip] High Five!”

    …and we will turn the other cheek.

    In addition, voters may vote from jail, so we welcome your participation from that location.

    Good to hear from you! Let’s chat about the issues more often!

  10. Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    When you turn the other cheek, I’ll spread both cheeks for you, stick in the barrel of my gun and pull the trigger. Just like Jesus said I should in the Bible.

  11. Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    I prefer to have the element of surprise on my side. Everything fair in love and war, and when I make ever loving war to your ass with my gun like Jesus said to do in the Bible, in the name of the Holy Virgin, the bullets will explode out of the barrel in a hot load with no warning and no lubrication.

  12. Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    I have an idea, it will make America, and the world much better off.

    First we take all the Jews, Arabs and Muslims round them up and send them to the middle east.

    Next we get all the Mexican and Central American illegals and send them to there home countries.

    Then we drop nukes on them until they all die.

    Then we pop open a can of Coors Lite and shoot off fireworks, celebrate the 4th of July and high five “USA #1! USA #1!”

    Also, I think Jean-Claude Duvalier would make a great president as well. What I have to wonder is, if we have to have a foreign born negro as President, why does it have to be a Marxist Communist Muslim like Barack Obama, and not a good Godly man like Jean-Claude Duvalier?

    Do we really have to let Haiti have him back as their President, or can the US get first dibs?

    Julian Assange should be treated as an enemy combatant, and as far as drawing and quartering being unconstitutional…

    The constitution does not apply to enemy combatants and besides, if we make it commonplace, it wouldn’t be cruel and unusual punishment now would it?

    I’m not Chelene Nightingale, but she sounds like she has some good ideas. So what if she spells rhinos as rinos? Pamela Brown also spelled it RHINOS in the California official election booklet and she got 5.86% of the vote.

    My favorite part is where she says

    “Controlling the border to prevent illegals from committing crimes and terrorist acts and siphoning billions in services is a top priority. ”

    Why not just allow all Californians to shoot suspected illegals on sight? That would be a cost efficient way to keep those varmints from crossing the border. We sure would love to have a law like that here in Arizona, too.

    The part about cutting taxes during a disaster made a lot of sense as well. One time, a flash flood washed away my trailer and I remember sitting there, looking at the wreck that remained of all my former belongings and thinking “you know, what I could really use right now is a tax cut.”

    I’m a true red blooded American. My gun is firm, long, wide barreled, upright and ready, and my finger is always on the trigger.

    I hate gays and Mexicans with a passion. Nothing makes me madder with passion than a gay man or a Mexican, or especially a gay Mexican, with his shirt off and his muscles glistening with sweat. I hate them so much that my veins start bulging out, my nose flares, and I get all red in the neck and face. My gun gets just about ready to go off every time I see one, that’s how mad I get.

    I also hate the Islamic bastards, although I gotta say I kind of admire how they control their women.

    I support the troops and the police. In fact no one is a bigger fan of men in uniform than I am.

    I am also a Christian patriot. What I love the most about Jesus is His fervent nationalism, His support for the troops and wars of liberation, and His unabashed free market capitalist economic views. Like when He said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a poor Mexican to get into heaven. Jesus is my kind of tea party patriot!

    Another of my favorite Bible quotes: Go to war on your neighbor before he does it unto you. Couldn’t have said it any better!

    How can someone be a true Christian when they can’t even read the Bible in the original, English language, King James Version?

    Jesus spoke English Only, so why can’t the illegal Mexican invaders and all the other foreigners coming into this country to take away our jobs? Don’t they understand that in a free market these jobs rightfully belong to native born Americans?

    Like the citizens of Tucson 150 years ago, I support secession.

    As a former confederate territory, Arizona should secede from the union and round up and deport all the Mexicans. Then, since, slave holders were never compensated for having their slave property seized, the descendents of slaves living in Arizona should pay reparations to the descendents of slave owners.

    The ones that don’t have the money to do so should be put to work as cooks, maids and gardeners, since we won’t have the Mexicans around anymore.

    I hear that Bristol Palin recently moved to Arizona. Her mother, Sarah Palin, is my heroin.
    I love it when she said we should target liberal politicians like Gabrielle Giffords and, I quote, “don’t retreat, reload!”

    BTW what kind of guns and ammo are you into? I like ‘em big, personally.

  13. Catholic Trotskyist

    Conservative Tea, your comments are very offensive and you clearly have anger management problems. The one good thing is that by attacking the US Parliament poster so offensively, sympathy for him will increase and he may be more welcome at IPR now.

    Gabrielle Giffords is a great American. I think when she recovers, maybe she could run for President with Gary Johnson as her running mate, as a national unity ticket. I don’t think they are pro-life so they can’t be the Catholic Trotskyist Party candidates. But I think a debate between Giffords and Roseanne Barr, who is also running for President, would be interesting. I am also trying to get Democrat congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to run as Catholic Trotskyist Party candidate. Will Free and Equal help?

  14. Pima Community College Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    I’m supposed to care what a Trotskyist thinks?

    Go choke on an icepick.

  15. paulie Post author

    “Non-establishment candidates must jump through all sorts of hoops to get on the ballot,” stated Gary Johnson. “The system impedes new leaders and new ideas from even being considered by voters in elections, leaving us with fewer choices and compromising our democracy. Our election laws obstruct healthy competition. Americans deserve more,

    I hope he says this frequently in his media interviews.

  16. paulie Post author

    Anybody here going to CPAC? I am sure the LP and maybe CP will have some kind of presence there, although I am not sure of this.

    I would be surprised if LP office staff are not there.

  17. paulie Post author

    Gary needs to go visit some LP state conventions. Not all are wackos’. Not too hard to figure out the states that have escorted the nutjobs to the parking lot. Maybe he will think again about rejoining. The LP is not as extreme today overall as it was a few years ago.

    What would be the benefit to him in rejoining the LP? As a former Governor, he’ll get much more media and probably a spot in some of the debates with leading contenders for the presidential nomination of a party that could conceivably win the presidency. That means millions of people will see and hear his views.

    It’s not likely that he could get that same kind of attention as a LP candidate at this point. Pat Buchanan did not do well as a Reform Party candidate, despite decades of being well known nationally, high level experience in several presidential administrations, previous wins in Republican presidential primaries, millions in federal electoral welfare and a party line that had received almost 10% of the vote for President and elected a Governor within the four preceding years. Despite all that, he barely beat Harry Browne.

    And supposing Johnson did as well as Nader in 2000, he would end up being hated by Republicans and blamed for re-electing Obama.

    As it stands, he is still relatively young, can run more than once or twice and, conceivably, build enough of a following over time – and see the political landscape evolve enough – to where he might even become viable to win at some point.

    Going LP would be much more of a long shot gamble for him .

  18. Steven R Linnabary

    The LP is not as extreme today overall as it was a few years ago.

    The LP has never been extreme. There is absolutely NOTHING extremist about freedom and liberty.

    It might be possibly to portray an LP position in an out of context manner and make it appear extreme, but a good writer can do that with any political statement.

    PEACE

  19. Robert Capozzi

    srl 23, as a general proposition, I agree. Freedom is not per se “extreme.”

    Until 2006, though, the LP was on record as saying NO regulations on any weapons, even if those weapons might be considered inherently dangerous. In the specifics, that does sound extreme to me, and likely to most of humanity.

    Extremism, then, is generally considered to be a function of the facts as they are, and how rapidly one advocates for changing the facts as they are.

    Abolishing most/all of the State in one year would be extreme. Abolishing a cabinet department or a program is not extreme.

    Freedom and extremism are not precise terms. This stuff would be a lot easier if they were, but politics ain’t physics.

  20. A realistic observation

    There ARE extreme people in the LP and they frankly scare off new members and those on the outside that are looking for a home. This should be no surprise. Countless people stay away because the kooks were put up on stage and they are the “face” of the LP. Every party has their nut jobs, but they are diminished with a large group– the LP is small.

  21. Fun K. Chicken

    On the other hand, some very hard working, motivated people can be driven away because they are too “extreme” for some.

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