Gary Johnson to Visit Houston, Austin, and San Antonio

“Governor Veto” to Address Republican Liberty Caucus and Our America Initiative Events January 17-19 and Bexar County Libertarian Party Dinner on January 19

Gov. Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative and 2012 presidential candidate will be bringing his advocacy of smaller government and greater liberty to events in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, TX, January 17-19.

The former New Mexico Governor, who received more votes in 2012 than any Libertarian presidential candidate in history, serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative — an issue advocacy organization which promotes individual liberty, fiscal restraint, and non-intervention abroad.

Details of planned events and appearances:

January 17:

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT: Our America Initiative/Republican Liberty Caucus Luncheon Featuring Gov. Johnson, “Truth in Media” founder Ben Swann and Judge Jim Gray (Ret.), Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette, 4224 San Felipe St., Houston, TX 77027

5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CT: Liberty Forum moderated by Ben Swann, 7232 Wynnwood Lane, Houston, TX 77008

January 18:

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT: Liberty Rising event with Ben Swann, Holiday Inn, 8901 Business Park Drive, Austin, TX 78759

January 19:

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CT: Our America Initiative Dinner, Stonewerks Big Rock Grille, 999 East Basse, San Antonio, Texas 78209

MEDIA NOTE: Gov. Johnson is available for interviews during his visit. To schedule or arrange, please contact Joe Hunter, Media@OurAmericaInitiative.com or

801-303-7924

For information regarding events, please contact:

TE Finnegan

Our America Initiative

te@ouramericainitiative.com

832-675-5956

14 thoughts on “Gary Johnson to Visit Houston, Austin, and San Antonio

  1. Thomas Hill

    The Lee Wrights For Texas Governor campaign looks forward to participating in the Houston event. A great line up of Libertarian and other liberty candidates. Hope to see many of my friends there!

  2. paulie

    I believe I have been told before Wrights would be participating, but maybe I only heard that from the Wrights side.

  3. Shane

    I personally like Lee but don’t think I would ever vote for him for an executive position.

    A candidate running for these higher offices needs at least some experience and qualification. To my knowledge, Lee doesn’t have the background. He has never been elected to office, run a business or even managed a professional staff. On top of that, he’s not even from Texas.

    Why not run for a state house seat in N.C.?

    He seem to be reliving Ruwart’s failed ambitions at high office.

  4. Thomas Hill

    I worked hard to have Lee Wrights added to the lineup. Other candidates gave up some of their own speaking time to make room for Lee. As his campaign manager, I am thankful they allowed Lee the opportunity to participate.

  5. paulie

    I personally like Lee but don’t think I would ever vote for him for an executive position.

    A candidate running for these higher offices needs at least some experience and qualification. To my knowledge, Lee doesn’t have the background. He has never been elected to office, run a business or even managed a professional staff.

    I don’t think actually being elected is a high likelihood for a Libertarian running for president or governor right now, so that would not be high on my list of concerns at the moment.

  6. paulie

    On top of that, he’s not even from Texas.

    He’s lived there for five years. How long do you think someone should have to live somewhere before they can run for office there?

    Why not run for a state house seat in N.C.?

    I would guess because he no longer lives there.

  7. Shane

    Texas is unique in whether someone is a Texan and is subjective dependent upon who you ask. Badnarik had lived there quite a while and was still considered a carpet bagger.

    Five years is not a lot of time to be established in a large community — much less a state. Even W. Bush put in 18 years as an adult in the state before running for governor. He tried running for congress in ’78, just a year after moving back to Texas, lost, and learned his lesson after being labeled a carpet bagger. Similar thing happened with his father.

    Regardless, I don’t agree with the “run to lose” mentality. Considering how little exposure our candidates get at higher levels, you accomplish little in spreading the message — ballot access is another matter.

    When libertarians are elected to office, they do great things. I’d rather see Lee run for the Water Board and win than play candidate with a gubernatorial bid. But that’s his call.

  8. paulie

    Badnarik and Bush were from up north (Wisconsin and Connecticut). Wrights sounds more like a “real” Texan.

    Regardless, I don’t agree with the “run to lose” mentality. Considering how little exposure our candidates get at higher levels, you accomplish little in spreading the message — ballot access is another matter.

    When libertarians are elected to office, they do great things. I’d rather see Lee run for the Water Board and win than play candidate with a gubernatorial bid.

    Libertarian do best at all levels, including waterboarding, when we have as many candidates as possible all up and down the ballot. And as for exposure, some is better than none.

    Different levels of office deal with different kinds of policy and get different kinds of coverage for the campaigns. We need Libertarians running for all of them.

  9. Andy

    Shane said: “Regardless, I don’t agree with the ‘run to lose’ mentality. Considering how little exposure our candidates get at higher levels, you accomplish little in spreading the message — ballot access is another matter.”

    Libertarians should run for high level offices which they have little to no chance of winning for the following reasons:

    1) More of the public pays attention to high level offices, so by running for these offices, Libertarians have a chance to spread the Libertarian message to more people.

    2) There are some states where getting a certain percent of the vote for certain offices can get the party ballot access. Texas requires 2% of the vote for any state wide office for party to retain ballot access.

    3) Having candidates at the top of a ticket helps the candidates who are lower on the ticket, and vice versa.

    The Libertarian Party currently has ballot access in Texas, so it doesn’t really cost that much for the party to run a candidate for Governor, as in their is no great expense involved for them to get a candidate for Governor on the ballot, so it makes good sense for them to run somebody for that office, although I agree that the candidate in question for this office is lacking.

  10. Jed Ziggler Post author

    Personally, I like Lee Wrights far, FAR better than Kathie Glass. Her obsession with “border security” and “illegal immigration” (Immigration is illegal? By what right?) is totalitarian and terrifying. Libertarians should stand against militarizing the border & work toward giving all people more freedom.

  11. paulie

    Kathie Glass. Her obsession with “border security” and “illegal immigration” (Immigration is illegal? By what right?) is totalitarian and terrifying. Libertarians should stand against militarizing the border & work toward giving all people more freedom.

    Exactly.

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