Done with GOP (?), Gary Johnson to visit Bay Area

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a presidential candidate of uncertain party affiliation, will be in the Bay Area tomorrow and Saturday for a few events.

Uncertain, I say, because although he was a Republican governor and participated in GOP primary debates in May and September, he announced late last month that he was giving up on campaigning in New Hampshire’s GOP primary because he’d failed to get any traction there; he has acknowledged he’s considering running as a Libertarian.

A libertarian (with a small “l”) he certainly is: He’s anti-PATRIOT Act, pro-marijuana-legalization, pro-gay-marriage and pro-abortion-choice; wants all U.S. troops brought home immediately; and demands due process and protection against torture for terrorism detainees.

He’ll be giving media interviews tomorrow afternoon at Santa Clara University, from which he’ll then hold a national online town-hall (via his campaign website and yowie.com) from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; that’s open to the general public, in Arts & Sciences Building at the university, 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, he’s scheduled to speak on medical marijuana policy at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies conference in the Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway. Later Saturday, he’ll be live-blogging on Patch.com during ABC’s Republican Presidential Debate.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.