Last night our e-mail box was graced with this message from Carlos Sierra, Buddy Roemer’s campaign manager…
Governor Roemer issued the following statement in regard to being excluded from tomorrow’s debate.
“After proudly gaining my 1% in the latest FOX News poll, having close to zero name recognition, I must again ask – why am I being excluded from tomorrow’s debate? Even when I garner the required 1% needed to qualify, FOX News has decided to exclude me. Once again, the American people will not get to hear a voice that fights against the special-interests that create corporate tax-loopholes and ship our good jobs overseas. Unfair trade practices and the corrupting influence of money in politics will again not be part of the debate. I am the only candidate who has been a congressman and a governor, but apparently that is not good enough for the debate sponsors. The American people are hungry for this voice.”
On a personal note, I ask you to stay committed to the movement. Our campaign is small but growing every day. In the next couple of weeks we will be releasing our first web video and will be moving all our staff to New Hampshire and opening our national headquarters there. We had our best fundraising month of the campaign and the month isn’t even over yet. We are well on our way to qualifying for matching funds as well. This campaign is making history by not accepting special-interest money and not taking contributions over $100. We do not host $35,000 fundraisers like our President does. We do not accept PAC money and are not tied to any Super PACs like the rest of the candidates are. We ask Main Street for help not Wall Street. Help us change American politics forever while remaining Free to Lead!
The Roemer camp is sore that Fox News added Gary Johnson to the field for tonight’s debate and left him out. It’s understandable.
But here’s the money line, once again…
Once again, the American people will not get to hear a voice that fights against the special-interests that create corporate tax-loopholes and ship our good jobs overseas. Unfair trade practices and the corrupting influence of money in politics will again not be part of the debate.
Does anybody think this is the stuff the Republican electorate cares about?
We already have one Democrat running for the GOP nomination. Jon Huntsman is irritating enough, and he’s actually got some money behind him.
Roemer mentions he’s the only candidate who’s been a congressman and a governor, but what he doesn’t mention is that he got elected to both those positions as a Democrat – and as a Republican he’s never been elected to anything.
And won’t again, particularly if he’s setting his sights on the White House.
But that narrative about “special interests” and “corporate tax loopholes” that “ship our good jobs overseas” has an audience. Actually, it’s a pretty big one.
And it just so happens that audience is looking for a candidate. For two weeks all we’ve heard is talk from the Left about how they want to run somebody against Obama. Well? Here’s your huckleberry. He’s a banker who doesn’t like money, he’s been a governor, he’s an old friend of Bill Clinton’s who used to talk smack with Clinton about which one of them would end up president.
And his finest political moment was when he unseated a scandal-ridden celebrity incumbent who had trashed an economy. That sounds familiar, right?
And he’s stubborn and persistent enough to keep at a hopeless cause.
So what that he switched parties to the GOP 20 years ago. Everybody makes mistakes, no?
This is an idea which has legs. The Roemer folks need to give it some thought. He’s missing a great opportunity.