UPDATED: I would love to send Gary Johnson some money...for a Senate run! GJ at 22% in Senate Race!Submitted by Raymond on Thu, 06/30/2011 - 17:17
UPDATE: On the Republican side, voters are ready to give Heather Wilson a shot in the general in her second run for the senate. Even if Gary Johnson chooses to abandon his long shot presidential run and pursue a senate seat, he will start off with a major deficit in the primary. Wilson leads with 43% to Johnson’s 22%, John Sanchez’s 18%, Greg Sowards’ 4%, and Bill English’s 3%.
In 2010 we had Peter Schiff, Rand Paul, and many others in primaries or house races to send money to. Who do we get to support this time for Congress?
As months tick off the clock in the presidential race it does not appear that Johnson is going to play a serious role. I was all for having two libertarian leaning candidates in the debates to try to sway the conversation that direction, but it does not look like that is even going to happen. The senate races take longer to develop and a person can get started later and still be successful.
I would love to see Gary Johnson switch to the New Mexico senate race. He is a 2-term governor from that state with near universal name recognition there. In a PPP poll from yesterday he polled the best against Barry O'bama, trailing by only 3%. http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_NM_062911... This shows the following he still has there, as O'bama won that state 3 years ago by 15%.
As recently as February, when Jeff Bingamin announced that he was retiring, Johnson said he had no interest in the race, but he was probably still hopeing to catch lightning in a bottle in the presidential race. I would love to see him reconsider.
I actually just sent him an email throught the contact box on his website encouraging him to reconsider the NM Senate seat. I pledged to support him financially if he would make that decision. I bet a lot of other Ron Paul supporters would do the same, even though we can never support him for president in 2012.
How about we start a "Draft Gary for Senate" drive to encourage him to take a look at it. Now that he has a feel for how the presidential race is panning out perhaps he will reconsider. What else can we do to make this happen? He would be one of our best chances to get Rand a friend in the Senate.