Meet Bill Johnson. He serves in Governor Bob Riley's Cabinet as Chairman of Economic and Community Affairs. He's also a former Birmingham City Councilman.
Johnson resigned his post last Friday to run in a crowded field for Governor. An attractive candidate on the surface, but he's not likely to garner much support from the GOP's libertarian wing, nor should he.
From the Opelika and Auburn Now:
This will be Johnson’s second race for a statewide office, but his first in Alabama.Translation: He used to be in favor of Liberty, now he's for Big Government Nanny-Statism.
He made an unsuccessful bid as a Libertarian for the U.S. Senate in Missouri in 1994, getting only about 5 percent of the vote in a race won by Republican John Ashcroft. In that race, Johnson adopted the Libertarian platform of legalizing marijuana and prostitution. That platform repeatedly came up in Johnson’s future political ventures and was used in a Democratic ad to attack Riley in his re-election bid in 2006.
Each time it came up, Johnson said he personally opposed the legalization of marijuana and prostitution, but was running under the Libertarian banner.
The Republican Liberty Caucus recently organized in Alabama. The State is also home to a number of "switchover" Libertarians to the GOP, including a number of Ron Paul supporters, and well-known Libertarian Media guy Stephen Gordon.
We here at Libertarian Republican heartily applaud former Libertarian Party members who join the GOP and bring their libertarian ideals with them. But there's nothing worse than a former Libertarian who joins the GOP only to become a social authoritarian, most especially one who apologizes for his past libertarian views.
Alabama Libertarian Republicans should support Anyone but Johnson.