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Republicans for Johnson-Weld Launches

RepublicansforJW In a Press Release issued earlier today by the recently created organization “Republicans For Johnson-Weld,” a group describing itself as ” Republicans (who) believe in the core Republican ideals of fiscal conservatism, state sovereignty, and individual liberty . . . invite(s) you to join in us in our support of two former Republican governors whom uphold these ideals for President and Vice-President of these United States of America, as well as all Republicans seeking elected office this November.”

The PRESS RELEASE reads, in part:

“Activists from across the country today launched Republicans for Johnson-Weld, an effort independent of the Johnson-Weld campaign, designed to boost support for the ticket as well as down-ballot Republicans.”

A search of the WHOIS database shows that the website domain was purchased on 14 June 2016, and last updated on 25 July 2016.

The PRESS RELEASE continues:

Kevin Martin, former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Massachusetts and small business owner, and Ed Lopez, former national vice chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus and a former member of the national campaign at Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will co-chair the initiative, with support from highly regarded Republican strategists Marco Nunez, Jr. and Liz Mair.

Nunez served on the George W. Bush and John McCain presidential campaigns, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial campaign, and at the Republican National Committee. Mair served as the RNC’s first and only online communications director, and has advised US Senator Rand Paul, Governors Scott Walker and Rick Perry, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on communications.

“Republicans for Johnson-Weld is a grassroots effort committed to exercising our constitutional right and obligation as Americans to express our voice through the ballot box by supporting Republican candidates seeking elected office locally, regionally and nationally,” said Martin. “We will do our part to ensure the Johnson-Weld ticket is included on all 50 state ballots and included in the presidential debates, and to make sure that voters of all stripes, but especially Republicans, understand they have an alternative to voting for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.”

 “The way we see it, we are supporting the most Republican ticket on the ballot,” said Lopez. He emphasized that the “combined gubernatorial experience of the Johnson-Weld ticket as well as their fiscally conservative records and inclusive governing styles are most reflective of what the majority of Americans are desperately looking for in their leaders.”

Nunez cites the unusual nature of this election cycle as central to his decision to sign on to the effort. “I felt called to make a stand in support of the Republican Party and its core principles of individual freedom and limited government. In this election, that means supporting Johnson-Weld along with Republicans down-ballot.”

“I have long said that I can support neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton, on the grounds that neither sufficiently shares my philosophical principles, on the basis that I consider it highly likely that one or both will end up wearing an orange jumpsuit sooner or later, and because both present very serious risks to our national security,” said Mair. “The Johnson-Weld ticket offers the opportunity to vote for people who more closely share my and most Americans’ views on core areas of policy, and to vote for two experienced governors free of the ethical and legal issues plaguing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Gary Johnson’s success as an entrepreneur is the cherry on top, in a time when for too many Americans, the economy still feels stagnant and the American Dream too elusive.”

Republicans for Johnson-Weld’s steering committee includes these high-profile Republican leaders:

  • Martin Avila, CEO of Terra Eclipse and former Digital Campaign Director to former Rep. Ron Paul;
  • Moira Bagley Smith, former communications director to Sen. Rand Paul and multiple members of House GOP leadership;
  • Julie Germany, Interim Executive Director of the White Coat Waste Project and former COO of Generation Opportunity;
  • Mason Harrison, head of communications for Crowdpac and former strategist for the campaigns of Gov. Mitt Romney and ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina;
  • Jon Henke, former adviser to US Sen. Fred Thompson, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and former Sen. George Allen;
  • Dawson Hodgson, former member, RI State Senate and former Rhode Island State Prosecutor;
  • Cyrus Krohn, former Republican National Committee e-Campaign Director;
  • Michael Melendez, former leader of Young Americans for Liberty in Utah and Utah State Central Committee member;
  • Lyle Stamps, attorney, former White House staffer, and leader of Latter-day Saints for Bush during the 2004 election cycle;
  • Michael Turk, President of Opinion Mover Strategies, and former Republican National Committee e-campaign director;
  • Luke Williams, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Vice President at AECOM;
  • Dan Winslow, former Chief Legal Counsel to MA Gov. Mitt Romney, and former member, MA House of Representatives; and
  • Keith Velia, finance industry leader, Republican Liberty Caucus of Connecticut Treasurer, Ridgefield Republican Town Committee Associate;

The full PRESS RELEASE can be found HERE.

For more information about Republicans for Johnson-Weld, please visit To arrange an interview, please contact Liz Mair at

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Joseph Buchman

Joe is a retired, formerly tenured professor of marketing and finance with a passion for adventure travel, chasing total solar eclipses, and Burning Man. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival, former Chair of the Utah Libertarian Party, former Chair of the LP Platform Committee, and former Chair and three-term member of the LP's financial Audit Committee. Joe and Cindy have raised four highly successful children, several cats, and yet have generally failed miserably with every houseplant ever gifted to them.


  1. steve m steve m August 5, 2016

    Life long Republican, Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush endorses Gary Johnson on CNBC this morning.

  2. langa langa August 3, 2016

    You are merely sidestepping my point. Imagine that Cruz (or Sanders) had decided to seek the LP nomination. Should we have given it to them, simply because they would be able to get a lot of votes?

    The reason a political party (especially a third party) nominates candidates (especially for President) is to publicly represent the party, and present its views to the public. When the candidate campaigns on a platform that is substantially different from that of the party he is supposed to represent, then that campaign should be considered a failure — regardless of how many votes he manages to get.

  3. steve m steve m August 3, 2016


    No you can’t just nominate Sanders or Cruz and get more votes. The person you nominate has to accept and then follow through with signing the paperwork in state after state or else they aren’t on the ballot. Johnson wanted the nomination and got it from the Libertarian delegates. Johnson then convinced these same Libertarian delegates to nominate Weld for VP. You can claim to be a Libertarian all you want but you have no right to tell your fellow Libertarians delegates that they can’t figure out who the best candidate is for the party.

    Get over it.

  4. langa langa August 2, 2016

    By the way, can we please stop with the straw man arguments about “purists” that don’t want the LP to get votes?

    I would love to see the LP get votes, but only if they get those votes by campaigning on libertarian principles.

    If the only goal is to get votes, without regard to principles, then there would be many better choices. For example, we could just nominate Ted Cruz, or Bernie Sanders. Either of them would get a lot more votes than Johnson and Weld.

  5. langa langa August 2, 2016

    “The way we see it, we are supporting the most Republican ticket on the ballot,” said Lopez.

    Sad, but true.

  6. Tony From Long Island Tony From Long Island August 2, 2016

    Wow! A pragmatic Libertarian? I thought I used to be the only one . . . Maybe one day I can return to the fold . . .

    We may not agree on the idea of anti-discrimination laws in general, but we both seem to dislike when the LP stresses positions that are clearly unpopular.

  7. George Dance George Dance August 2, 2016

    My position: As a philosophical libertarian, I think anti-dicrimination laws should apply only to governments and those who do business with them. OTOH, as a political Libertarian (someone who wants to achieve things), I don’t think we should campaign against them; there’s no obligation for the party to take up unpopular positions and thereby throw elections.

    Given anti-discrimination laws, should they include LGBTQ people? As both a philosophical and political libertarian, I’d say of course: the idea of discriminatory non-discrimination laws is a non-starter.

  8. Tony From Long Island Tony From Long Island August 2, 2016

    George, I can’t even follow what YOUR position is. Do you feel that there should be anti-discrimination laws in general?

    I’m sure you can guess that I do.

    Do you feel that those laws should include LGBTQ?

    I’m sure that you can also guess that I do.

  9. George Dance George Dance August 2, 2016

    ‘”Republicans For Johnson-Weld,” a group describing itself as ” Republicans (who) believe in the core Republican ideals of fiscal conservatism, state sovereignty, and individual liberty”’

    Finally a group to take on the so-called “Nazi cakes” issue.

    When all the spin is stripped away, the issue comes down to: Should the President (or Congress) prevent state governments from including LBGTQ people in anti-discrimination laws?

    Should states even have the power to adopt anti-discrimation laws? That’s not a libertarian position, but it is a Republican position (note “state sovereignty”); but some Republicans are all too ready to forget that principle when it comes to an important goals (like arresting marijuana users or refusing to serve homosexuals). Here’s a group that can remind them of that principle.

  10. Be Rational Be Rational August 2, 2016

    “You want an ideologically pure LP? Great! Stay at .5 percent for every election . . . have fun . . ” – Tony

    The LP used to have two ideologically pure members, but since Murray Rothbard died, there has only been one.

    … and Sooooo many people claim to be that one.

    The competition to be “The One” has been so fierce, that some have decided to change and become something else, but not Rothbardian – instead they become “The Better One.”

  11. Tony From Long Island Tony From Long Island August 2, 2016

    It always makes me wonder . . . when someone decides to endorse Johnson or joins the LP who is a former REP or DEM – without fail people on here complain about it (I am not pointing this toward Mr. Blome).

    They’ll say something like “So and so isn’t a libertarian. . . ” or “we don’t want so and so’s endorsement . . . ”

    So, then, who DO you want to vote for the LP? If someone has voted a certain way for 20 years but then decides they want to vote for the LP candidate, do you tell them “NO? We don’t want your vote. You are a statist!!!!!!!!!”

    According to many people on here, everyone (except for the chosen few) are “statists.” I’m so tired of the word STATIST.

    You want an ideologically pure LP? Great! Stay at .5 percent for every election . . . have fun . .

  12. Pete Blome Pete Blome August 2, 2016

    It’s great to have them voting with us, but the idea that core principles of the Republican Party are individual freedom and limited government is simply delusional.

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