Former two-term Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to announce his plans to continue his run for President as a Libertarian on December 28th. Politico first reported the news, which coincides with information Independent Political Report had obtained but not published.
Calling news of the switch “the worst kept secret,” Libertarian Party Chairman Mark Hinkle said the Santa Fe event will include a press conference at which Johnson will switch his voter registration to Libertarian.
Johnson’s campaign has been talking to Libertarian officials for months, Hinkle said.
“It looks like it’s definitely going to come to fruition here,” he said.
Hinkle noted that Johnson remained a dues-paying member of the Libertarian Party while serving as the Republican governor of New Mexico.
The article goes on to suggest party officials are still hoping for a candidacy from former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul. While Paul is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, there have been no indications of Paul running for the Libertarian Party nomination in 2012.