Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gary Johnson supporters to protest at Bay News 9

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

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Last week the Republicans had their fun in Tampa. This week, it's all about the Democrats in Charlotte.

But what about the Libertarians, Greens and other third party presidential candidates? When will they get airtime?

Probably not any time soon. Despite the plethora of third-party candidates running for office, the U.S. establishment remains fixated on the two-party system, which pisses off supporters of Gary Johnson — the former two-termed New Mexico governor who is the 2012 Libertarian nominee for president.

Tonight at 6 p.m., Johnson supporters intend to march outside the Bay News 9 Pinellas Park offices, calling on all media organizations to include Johnson in their coverage of the 2012 elections, and demanding that he be included in the upcoming presidential debates.

Alex Snitker, who will lead the protest, said it's not so much about Bay News 9's lack of coverage of Johnson, as it is about all of the mainstream news media. He said this past summer, the channel gave fair coverage to Johnson when he made a short visit to the Bay area.

"The goal of the protest is to shed light on the media bias towards the two party system in this country and we are hoping that with more media attention we will start to see Gov. Johnson included in more of the polling," Snitker told CL in an email exchange.

Johnson served as a two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003. The state had more registered Democrats than Republicans, but with that record he didn't get much love from the GOP establishment when he entered the 2012 race.

In fact, Johnson was only invited to two of the twenty Republican presidential debates held throughout the country in 2011-2012. Snitker said he deserves a closer look from those who supported Congressman Ron Paul.

"When he left office, New Mexico had a budgetary surplus as well as less regulations to spur business growth and a smaller government in general. In the private sector he started a one man handyman business and turned it into the largest construction company in the state. If the media took an honest look at all three there would be no contest who is the best person to elect. "

On the first day of the Republican National Convention, Ron Paul supporters became furious about rule changes that they said were not supported by the majority of delegates. The rule changes would prevent what happened this year from happening in the future, where Paul supporters dominated state party caucuses trying to win more delegates than the candidate won in the states' primary elections.

Snitker's reaction to all of that?

"Thank you to the GOP. The Libertarian party phones have been ringing off the hook. This RNC may mark the beginning of the end of the GOP and I for one could not be happier to see it," he said.

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