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Roemer Runs: Former La. Gov Kicks off Presidential Campaign in...NH


by Ben de la Cour

Former Louisiana governor, video poker enthusiast and Democrat-turned- Republican, Buddy Roemer, formally announced his presidential bid today. The speech was not choreographed as a down payment on the Kingfish's dream, as it was held not in Nachitoches, but New Hampshire's Dartmouth College.

 

A native of Shreveport, Roemer graduated from Harvard in 1964 and a went on to serve four terms in Congress as a Democrat. As governor in the 1980s, he addressed many environmental issues affecting Louisiana, as well as drastically reducing unemployment and working to increase pay for teachers. Having beat Edwin Edwards after EWE survived an indictment, Roemer has for a long time been vocal about the corrupting influence of money on politics.

 

 

“Today, I run for President of the United States," he said. "I run to reveal the control of special interests in Washington and to demonstrate that the freedom to lead only comes by refusing their money. I run to prepare America for job growth, beginning with the elimination of unfair trade practices and attacking the debt.  I run as a proud Republican, but an even prouder American.”

What does this mean in terms of the 2012 presidential race? It's hard to tell at this point. Despite the wide open Republican field, Roemer remains an outside pick, as he has been out of politics for a good while, but his willingness to tackle special interest money, and his policy to raise money only in small contributions already makes him stand out in a crowding field. (For more on that read this Daily Beast article.)

 

 

“We must break the stranglehold of special interest money on our political system, " he said. "It’s the special interests who use unfair trade and self-written tax loopholes to make their fortunes while stealing our future”.




I was a state employee when

I was a state employee when he was governor. He called his plan "The Roemer Revolution," and he vowed to cut the size of state government.

I was laid off from my job, as were others, and it as all over the headlines that Roemer was successfully making big cuts.

Three weeks later, I got my job back, and so did everyone else, and the government quietly grew under Roemer. That fact, of course, received little press attention.

I like Buddy, and even worked

I like Buddy, and even worked in his campaign when he successfully ran for governor. But, despite all the enthusiasm we had when he was elected, his sole term as gov. was a huge disappointment. The common complaint of his administration was that it lacked focus, and would move away from issues/platforms way too quickly. I wish him well, but it appears his time and money would be better spent on some other endeavor.

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