photo credits, Joseph Buchman
Dateline: 28 December 2011, Santa Fe, NM, Capitol rotunda.
Former New Mexico Governor (1995 – 2003) Gary Johnson dropped out of the Republican Presidential Primary earlier today, (re-) registered as a member of the Libertarian Party, and announced his intention to seek the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination at the Party’s convention in Las Vegas in early May 2012.
Present for the announcement (in addition to your reporter) were Governor Johnson, then LNC Chair Mark Hinkle. Johnson campaign manager Ron Nielson, other campaign staff, and members of the media. The announcement made various headlines in the following days, including:
“Bye bye, GOP: Former Gov. Gary Johnson will become a Libertarian candidate for president,” Alamogordo Daily News, 28 December 2011, page 1.
“Snubbed Johnson Turns to Libertarians,” Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, VA; 29 December 2011, pB6.
“Johnson defects to Libertarian Party,” Alamogordo Daily News, 04 January 2012, p 4A.
“Gary Johnson goes Libertarian for election,” Roswell Daily Record, 04 January 2012, pA4.
Prior to the announcement, the Libertarian Party posted a Press Release at lp.org, which read, in part:
“Libertarians Welcome Governor Gary Johnson to Party, Presidential Race
“Today at 10:00 am MST, Governor Gary Johnson is expected to announce his candidacy and to join the Libertarian Party with Mark Hinkle, Chair at a press conference at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico. . . . Governor Johnson . . . vetoed more bills than all other governors in the country combined . . . (and) proposed a substantial reduction in federal spending. Libertarians look forward to learning the specifics and the time frame of that reduction.
. . .
“Regarding the charge that the Libertarian Party could “spoil” the election for the Republican nominee, Carla Howell, Executive Director said, “You can make that case only if Ron Paul is the Republican nominee. If any other remaining contender in the GOP primary were to win, then the Republicans will offer a choice for more Big Government and higher taxes. You can’t spoil tainted meat. . . . Should one of the non-Paul candidates prevail, then the Libertarian Party will be our only means to restore fiscal sanity, to create a friendly business environment and to create desperately-needed new jobs,” said Howell.”
The full press release can be found HERE.
From www.garyjohnson2012.com, crawled 26 Dec 2011 by the Wayback machine (HERE).