Good morning from Washington. I’m Still reporting on the economy.
Many in the Libertarian Party have just assumed that Gary Johnson would be the nominee of the party this cycle. But that was before last Saturday night. The scene was the Florida State Libertarian convention. Johnson, a minor Republican candidate who only got into 2 candidate debates was polling less than 1% when he got out of the Republican race and suddenly proclaimed himself a “lifetime” Libertarian and blew into our race spending money like has never been seen before. It has worked well in the past. He won the Manhattan straw poll by a large margin where I had no organization.
But in Florida, the LP got a fresh look at who this millionaire Republican really is:
So why is Governor Johnson seemingly ignorant of the fraud and thievery surrounding the mortgage crisis? Well let’s take a look at this. At the end of Oct. 2011, the Republican Johnson for President campaign, according to his Federal Election Commission report was $240,000 in debt. On Dec. 20, 2011, Johnson dropped out of the Republican race. 8 days later, he entered the Libertarian race, 10 weeks after I did. At the end of January, Johnson had to file his year end campaign report. Guess what, he still had not retired his debt which stood at over $203,000. The questions Libertarians are asking themselves is; will Johnson be expecting a bailout from the Libertarian Party — or will he go borrow money from – guess what — bankers. Will we see a big donation from JP Morgan or Goldman Sachs turns up at the next reporting? Stay tuned. Either way, this doesn’t sit well with the Libertarian rank-and-file.
This is from a candidate whose campaign cornerstone is balancing the federal budget in his first year in office.
There is plenty more concerning candidate Johnson coming down the pipe. I’m still reporting from Washington, good evening.
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