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Buddy Roemer To Seek Reform Party, Americans Elect Nominations

From the campaign press release:

“Tomorrow, I will formally end my bid for the GOP nomination for President of the United States. As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman. I have decided to take my campaign directly to the American people by declaring my candidacy for Americans Elect. Also, after many discussions with The Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination. It is time to heal our nation and build a coalition of Americans who are fed up with the status quo and the partisan gridlock that infects Washington. Together, we will take on the special-interests that control our leaders and end the corruptive influence of money in politics so we can focus on America’s top priority – jobs.”

The Reform Party today only retains ballot access in a handful of states. However, Americans Elect looks poised to be on a number of ballots next November.

Roemer, the former Republican Governor of Louisiana, is the second Governor this cycle to seek the nomination of a third party.  Already running for the Libertarian nod is Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico.

The campaign will host a press conference at Yowie headquarters in Santa Monica tomorrow with the official announcement.

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  1. paulie paulie April 4, 2012

    I’d be interested to know what Trent and anyone else here from Louisiana thinks of that.

  2. paulie paulie April 4, 2012


    Interesting collection of writing and analysis.

    Did you just write that yourself? If not, who did and where did you find it?

    That’s not to dispute the analysis, btw.

  3. NobodyAskedMe, But NobodyAskedMe, But April 4, 2012

    Roemer just says he is an honest politician who cannot be bought. His actions speak with greater honesty than his words. He is seeking the nomination of Americans Elect because he wants to be bought. AE is a secret organization controlled by unknown big money donors who have an agenda. We do not know who they are or what agenda they intend. They have the control of the Americans Elect from behind the curtain. They can override the public internet “supporters.” They may also control the counting and the reporting of the AE vote. This appears to be a set-up job with Roemer’s mentor Lessig on the Board.

    Roemer talks against corruption and argues for transparency, then seeks the AE nomination, effectively using AE’s $20 – $30 million financed by unknown donors to launch his campaign. He limits contributions to $100 because he does not need it. AE will provide the funds.

    Roemer did the same thing in the past. In 1991 he was such a bad governor that he could not hope to be re-elected as a Democrat, so he cut a deal with the Republican party to switch to Republican if they would finance his campaign. See this history:

    In 1987 he won election because he could mesmerize the crowd with his preacher-like talk condemning corrupt politics. But once elected, he did not have a clue how to govern. His personality is that of a loner, a curmudgeon, damning the world with such passion and skill using his “Buddy Talk.” See this fascinating history as to how he struggled to try to figure out what to do as governor.

    He turned out to be one of the worst governors in Louisiana history. He could not get along with people. He could not put together a competent staff. He lacked the political common sense and ability to pass legislation. He did not work hard and seemed to love the adoration of his campaign followers but had no ability to govern. To see Buddy’s ineffective record as governor and congressman look at this excellent history of Louisiana’s governors, pages 259-268:,%22+Roemer&source=bl&ots=GXt38E_jVv&sig=poXJMn9QbCUESjDIP2-foOb3YLY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n-xjT7CXDOORiQL8n_SiDw&ved=0CGMQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=%22Often%20wrong%2C%20but%20never%20in%20doubt%22%20Roemer&f=false

    As a congressman he was inept. He chaired no committees and did not author any significant legislation. His only accomplishment in Congress was that he won money at poker. Yes, he was a convincing bluffer.
    A NY Times article from 1987 describes Mr. Roemer’s record in his eight years in Congress.

    Mr. Roemer plans to use his same technique again if he returns to Washington as President. Note his statement in this article, the fourth paragraph from the end, beginning with “If elected,”:
    He says he “would emphasize listening and working in a bipartisan way, through poker games.”

    Most of the things Buddy says about his past are false. See this web page where he obtained a reputation in Louisiana for mendacity (that continues to today).

    A PPP poll of Louisiana voters, just released, shows that here in his own home state he has the worst rating of any candidate for president. Two out of three of the people who know him best have an unfavorable opinion of him. (28% favorable, 56% unfavorable). He is Louisiana’s UNfavorite son. See

  4. paulie paulie February 26, 2012

    Libertarian Party: 50 states

    Not impossible, but still somewhat improbable.

    Reform Party: 4 states

    That’s before they make any effort to qualify in any states. By the same standard the LP is at 20-something.

    You forgot Americans Elect, which is more likely to have total ballot access than the LP.

    They’re certainly much more likely than the LP to make the debates; it’s not even in the same ballpark.

  5. paulie paulie February 26, 2012

    Americans Elect is much more likely to be on the ballot in every state than the LP is, and far, far more likely to make the presidential debates than the LP.

    Johnson’s chances of getting into the debates are so small as to not even be worth talking about.

  6. Jarvis Jones Jarvis Jones February 26, 2012

    I don’t think too many voters will waste their vote on a party that only appears on a handful of state ballots. It would be better to unite behind the Libertarian party given that Gary Johnson is such a strong candidate. Johnson is the only one that stands a chance of getting into the debate and if that happens, independents will truly have not just a voice, but a real chance.

  7. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi February 25, 2012
  8. Louis Johnson Louis Johnson February 23, 2012

    When it comes to prominent Louisiana politicians, David Duke is far better than Buddy Roemer, hands down.

  9. Johnny Casino Johnny Casino February 23, 2012

    National Ballot Summary:
    On how many states will the party appear on the ballot?

    Repubican Party: 50 states
    Democratic Party: 50 states
    Libertarian Party: 50 states
    Reform Party: 4 states

  10. Nick Nick February 23, 2012

    David Walker is the former head of the former Comptroller General of the United States, which is the head of the Government Accountability Office.

  11. William Saturn William Saturn February 23, 2012

    Who is David Walker?

  12. Roemer/Walker Roemer/Walker February 23, 2012

    This is a great ticket that can get nominated by both AE and the Reform Party.

  13. The Mac The Mac February 23, 2012

    I’m actually extremely interested by this move. I wonder who Buddy Roemer will select as his running mate. He has a great chance of winning Americans Elect nomination along with the Reform Party. If he does well enough, he’ll be on every ballot in the United States. The only way I see Ron Paul running 3rd Party is if Rick Santorum wins the nomination and picks a running mate that Ron Paul cannot stand.

  14. hgisblvjnzs;kjb hgisblvjnzs;kjb February 22, 2012

    …and to think that donors from every state have given him $100,000. and hence he qualified for matching funds.

    Wow, this guy must be popular!

  15. Krzysztof Krzysztof February 22, 2012

    Finally! Great move on his part. The Reform Party is a natural choice for him.

  16. Steven Wilson Steven Wilson February 22, 2012

    Americans elect will go toward Ron Paul. The Reform Party?

    Better chance with a Tupperware party.

    Does anyone else notice that the debates left off people who actually have a track record for budgetary success as a Chief executive of a state?

    Johnson was only in two debates and Roemer wasn’t in any of them.

    Mittens Inc. I think.

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