Ad is inaccurate. HE WILL NOT be on all state ballots. Nor will he get a shot at the debates for similar reasons.
The following is the letter that went out to members of the Libertarian Party of Michigan regarding the inclusion of Gary Johnson on the Michigan ballot. This epitomizes the problem with rigged American politics and the apparently corrupt two-party system with ideologues on both sides not allowing an opinion that varies from the Repub-Dem Military Industrial elites. No alternative perspectives allowed! You are either for Obama or Romney! Or else.
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 10:09 PM
Subject: Help Us Keep Gary up and Running
In the past 10 days a lot has happened with our Libertarian Party of Michigan presidential ballot status! I am writing to report what has happened, and to ask for your help.
Last week Thursday the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan refused to place Governor Gary Johnson on the ballot as our presidential nominee. The Judge accepted the arguments of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and the Michigan Republican Party that Michigan´s “sore loser” law applies to keep Governor Johnson off the ballot, even though it was not applied to other presidential candidates in the past, like John Anderson.
We immediately appealed the decision to the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. When the Sixth Circuit refused to expedite the case, yesterday we appealed to the US Supreme Court. Justice Kagan issued an order that the State respond to our appeal by 5 pm today.
Within minutes of the Judge issuing his opinion in the Eastern District case, the Secretary of State sent us a letter denying ballot status to our “contingent” presidential candidate, Gary E.Johnson of Texas. You will recall that at the LPM convention on June 2 we nominated him in the event Governor Johnson was denied aplace on the ballot. Ever since, we had been requesting confirmation he would be placed on the ballot, but the Secretary of State refused to say until she issued this recent letter. Now the State insists we should have no presidential candidate on the ballot.
Tuesday of this week we sued Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan to place Gary E. Johnson of Texas on the ballot as the LPM´s presidential nominee. The State had the audacity to argue to the Judge that it is ´too late´ to consider our case, even though it waited three months to deny Gary E. Johnson ballot status. The State also claims we can´t show irreparable harm to support a decision in our favor ´because Gary E. Johnson has no chance of winning.´
The briefs are filed and fortunately the Judge in the Gary E. Johnson case is treating us fairly. He has scheduled a hearing for this coming Tuesday to consider our demand to place Gary E. Johnson of Texas on the ballot as our presidential nominee.
I can´t begin to describe the commitments so many Libertarian activists have made, in time and money, to fight this attempt by theState and the Republican Party to strip the Libertarian Party of Michigan of its ballot status. I´m hoping you see the need and theurgency to stick it to the state by contributing now to support their efforts.
We might not win either of these cases, but we sure have made life Hell for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Governor Johnson is reaping publicity from our fight all across the country, with hundreds of news reports, including an article in the New York Times and stories on network news programs.
Yours in Liberty, Denee Rockman-Moon, Chair, Libertarian Party of Michigan