Low bar, but Johnson-Weld is probably the most credible presidential ticket the Libertarians have ever fielded. https://t.co/lxuN5K4vmg
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) May 18, 2016
From his hometown paper, the Boston Globe:
Former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld will announce Thursday that he is running for vice president, rejecting the Republican Party of which he has long been a member in favor of the Libertarian Party ticket of another former GOP governor, Gary Johnson of New Mexico, campaign aides to Johnson said Wednesday.
The two former chief executives are expected to announce their partnership Thursday in New York City, the Johnson aides said, the latest sign of the national Republican Party’s struggle to come to grips with the party’s takeover by presumptive nominee Donald J. Trump.
The decision, first reported Wednesday by the Associated Press, took Weld’s business partners and the current Republican governor, his protégé Charlie Baker, by surprise.
Weld’s strategy, according to people with whom he has spoken, is to take advantage of the anticipated media attention paid to two former governors from different parts of the country joining forces, hoping to win sufficient support to land in the televised debates….
I have a not-as-hard-as-for-most-Repubs spot in my heart for Bill Weld, among the last of the old-time Moderate Northeastern Repubs (and the guy who signed the very nice form letter required before our Wiccan friend could legally perform our marriage ceremony in this state). He has every reason to despise the Frothing Rightwing Nutball wing of his former(ish) party, per the NYTimes:
… Mr. Weld’s best-known previous turn on the national stage was in 1997, when he resigned as governor to focus on his appointment by President Bill Clinton as ambassador to Mexico.
That did not go well: He was blocked by Senator Jesse Helms and withdrew his nomination after a heated battle in which Mr. Weld, a pillar of what was left of the moderate northeastern Republican establishment, loudly assailed Mr. Helms and the archconservatives who stood behind him.
A former prosecutor, Mr. Weld could appeal to some disaffected Republicans on a ticket alongside Mr. Johnson, at a time when other efforts by Republicans to recruit a third-party candidate — in part in the hopes of keeping anti-Trump Republican voters from staying home and costing the party’s lower-tier candidates — are close to fizzling…
I know next to nothing about Gary “420” Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, although I’m sure some of you can clue me in. (One reason Weld is a good choice: He gets attention from the ‘one of us’ Northeastern media claque.) The Libertarian National Convention will take place in Orlando over the Memorial Day Weekend, after which (assuming they beat their challengers; I’m assuming there will be challengers?) Johnson/Weld 2016 can start campaigning for the 15% polling level that will ensure them a spot at the national presidential debate…
(That said, I'm not sure how many anti-Trump Republicans in Utah are going to get excited about two pro-choice libertarians…)
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) May 19, 2016
His 2012 campaign was also based in SLC because that's where his campaign manager lives https://t.co/DRqaEt7PUw
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) May 19, 2016
It may be a portent that the news has already managed to get the Daily Caller overexcited…
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 19, 2016