Former New Mexico governor and current Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Gary Johnson picked up the endorsement of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday in his effort to unseat an incumbent Democrat. Paul shunned Republican nominee Mick Rich, an Albuquerque construction contractor and newcomer to politics, in favor of Johnson, who was elected governor of New Mexico twice as a Republican before running for president in 2012 and 2016 on the Libertarian ticket. Rich seized on the endorsement from Paul to highlight Johnson's support for recreational marijuana and to voice concern about hardline fiscal conservatism. [Sen. Rand Paul Backs Libertarian Candidate in New Mexico]Born in Minot, North Dakota Johnson also suffered through several Aberdeen winters as a kid.
Both having fled the Republican Party Johnson and his running mate former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, campaigned in South Dakota during the tainted, likely illegitimate 2016 election. Weld talked in Spearditch as part of his whirlwind tour and Gov. Johnson did very well in Lawrence County - 7.9% was the best in the whole state. Having won 9.34% of the 2016 vote in New Mexico Johnson still enjoys pretty good support in the state and has just given $100,000 to his long shot campaign to unseat Democrat Martin Heinrich. Some analysts say Johnson's name on the ballot in Colorado won that state for Hillary Clinton.
Recognizing that maintaining 900+ known and covert US military installations is obscene I self-identify as a progressive Democrat with civil libertarian leanings. Confident Secretary Clinton would win New Mexico in 2016 Gary Johnson got my early vote for president at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds despite this blog's view he was out of his depth in 2016, often seemed poorly advised on current events even lost in the weeds during the campaign. He has told supporters he won't run for president in 2020.
An interview with Johnson aired on Bill Janklow's idea of public radio.