Lame Duck Johnson Won't Pay Political Price 

Lame Duck Johnson Won't Pay Political Price 
Posted by FoM on October 25, 2000 at 10:29:46 PT
Source: Amarillo Globe-News
There may be a political price to be paid for New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson's controversial stance on drug legalization. However, the governor will not be the one to pay it.Republican leaders fear the GOP will suffer the political consequences of Johnson's incessant support for drug legalization. Johnson's role as a campaigner for GOP candidates, especially in the Land of Enchantment, has been limited.
GOP leaders are concerned Johnson's support of drug legalization, which has drawn national attention, could be a political detriment.It remains to be seen the role Johnson will play for the presidential campaign of Gov. George W. Bush. Johnson will participate in a GOP governors' tour of 24 states this week to drum up support for Bush. Closer to home, state GOP legislators in New Mexico have been hesitant to use Johnson as a campaign tool in the party's effort to gain a majority of the Democratic-controlled Legislature.House GOP leader Ted Hobbs of Albuquerque admitted there is "a fear" that Johnson's support for drug legalization could cost the GOP votes, but Hobbs added that he does not believe it will.Whether this "fear" is warranted or not, the fact GOP legislators cannot employ the state's highest ranking elected official to promote their campaigns without concern of the political ramifications is not conducive to party unity.Johnson has admitted it is "political suicide" to endorse drug legalization.It is just unfortunate for the GOP the two-term governor decided to make a political issue of drug legalization when his term in office is expiring, jeopardizing the party and preventing himself from suffering the possible political consequences.Source: Amarillo Globe-News (TX)Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2000Copyright: 2000 Amarillo Globe-NewsAddress: P.O. Box 2091, Amarillo, TX 79166Fax: (806) 373-0810Contact: letters amarillonet.comWebsite: Articles - Gary Johnson:
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Comment #3 posted by legalizeit on October 25, 2000 at 13:28:03 PT
Gov. Johnson, our politial Kamikaze!!
>Johnson has admitted it is "political suicide" to endorse drug legalization.So be it then! 60+ years of this crap is more than enough. We needed someone in high office who would sacrifice his political career to drum some sense into the drug debacle. While many including me would like it, third parties are not getting into the White House in the near future, so I think it's in the best interest of the country in the short term that one or both of the majority parties think sensibly about drug policy.It's happening... Gov. Johnson & California senate candidate Tom Campbell (to a lesser extent) on the Repub side, Maxine Waters and others on the Demo side (Shadow Convention), and more and more referendums passing in various states. Even though the Libertarians and Greens don't appear to be winning this year, we the people are, little by little!Gov. Johnson, I salute you, and wish it was you instead of your goofy daddy's boy next-door neighbor who was running for Prez...
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Comment #2 posted by mungojelly on October 25, 2000 at 10:49:01 PT:
what are they talking about?
Do they really think that the public is going to vote for Democrats because Johnson leads them to believe that all Republicans are evil legalizers? 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 25, 2000 at 10:36:08 PT
Tulia Poll!
On the Amarillo Globe today there is a poll that you might want to check out. Here are the results so far. Click on the web site link and it is on the lower right hand side of the page.Website: for voting! Here are the updated results...but first, please remember that these results are in no way statistically accurate or scientifically sound. They simply represent the opinions of those persons who chose to participate in the poll. Was the drug bust of July 1999 in Tulia racially motivated? Yes. There's no other explanation for the large number of African-Americans arrested. (19%) = 130   No. It was a legitimate operation and those who were arrested got what they deserved. (73%) = 504   Who knows? (8%) = 53   TOTAL 687 
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