Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson made it official yesterday that he is a candidate for President of the United States. Contributors to this site have commented extensively about a Johnson candidacy over the past year, both pro and con.
For those of us who have known him since he emerged as a dark horse candidate for Governor of New Mexico in 1994, there is no question that no other candidate for President will work harder, or run a more focused and issue oriented campaign than Gary Johnson. Gary’s candor is both his great attraction, and perhaps his biggest weakness. He says what he thinks, and could care less if you agree with him or not.
What remains to be seen is whether Gary Johnson can convince Republican activists that a candidate who is pro choice, moderate on immigration, against the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and in favor of marijuana legalization is a plausible President of the United States, and the party’s strongest nominee against Barack Obama.
Gary Johnson may be a long shot, but anyone who has watched his career over the past 17 years knows he cannot be counted out.