GOP Presidential hopeful and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has gained the first endorsement of Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party. Known for his outspoken stance in favor of marijuana legalization, Governor Johnson was a logical choice for Willie’s “grass roots” party, now almost 68,000 strong on Facebook.
In a Teapot Party press release the former Governor reacted to the endorsement.
“I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such an iconic entertainer, philanthropist, innovator and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson,” Johnson says, accepting the endorsement. “Not only is he a superstar talent, he is a bold advocate for social change. Americans are demanding the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams without interference from a heavy-handed government, and Willie Nelson lends a tremendous voice to those demands.”
Gary Johnson has an uphill battle in the Republican primaries, especially in those states where only registered Republicans can vote for the GOP nominee. As I’ve said before, many will have to consider just how important legalization is; are you willing to register as a Republican to help get Governor Johnson the GOP nomination?
Against anti-medical marijuana money machine Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson will need all the support he can get. Cannabis users will be one of his strongest voting blocks, but if you want him to win the GOP nomination, you will have to be very active and loud.
After all, in a match-up of anti-medical marijuana stalwarts like Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty, does anyone really win?