Images: Gary Johnson (T), Roger Stone, (below).
The news just keeps getting better for Republican hopeful, Gary Johnson. Fresh from breaking into the polling and his acceptance into the debates, he has now picked up the endorsement of political strategist and consultant, Roger Stone. Stone has been prominent in many campaigns over the years, one of the most recent being that of Kristin Davis for NY Governor.
He had this to say on his website:
The most interesting thing in the debate was the national debut of Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico, a pro-pot, anti-war libertarian with a record of cutting taxes and spending and creating more jobs than Mitt Romney in Massachusetts or Governor Rick Perry in Texas.Stone elaborated in an email:
The STONEzone formally endorses Governor Gary Johnson for the Republican nomination for president in this very posting. Be sure to read this exceptional profile on Governor Gary Johnson from GQ.
“I am a Libertarian Republican in the Goldwater style, I favor the legalization of Marijuana. Government is wasting billions prosecuting people for the possession of small amounts intended for personal use and perpetuating the criminal organizations that sell it. I oppose the spending of trillions in Iraq and Afghanistan; I strongly oppose Islamic extremism but don’t believe that sending troops to die in two un-winnable wars makes sense. Gary Johnson is right on these issues. Additionally his record of tax reduction and job creation in NM is second to none. These are all the reasons I support Gary Johnson.”He has made some interesting observations on the tactics of Bachman and Santorum:
One of the key reasons why Governor Rick Perry faired poorly in the FOX Florida Debate was the gang up of other “conservative” candidates on Perry, the front runner. This, of course, plays into Mitt Romney’s hands but does nothing to enhance the candidacies of Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann or even “moderate” Jon Huntsman Jr.
A wiser strategy for both Santorum and Bachmann would be to take on Romney, demonstrating to the conservative and Tea Party base an ability to take on the establishment candidate. Their goal should have been to be more effective on the attack against Romney than Rick Perry was.
Shooting Perry in the back makes little sense. I reject the idea of a “conservative intramural” to weed out who will face Romney. This race is wide open and Mitt Romney is the weakest front runner in recent history.