Gary Johnson is a self-made millionaire and nerd. He was a wildly successful business owner and entrepreneur.
From Wikipedia, about Johnson's entrepreneurship:
While in college, Johnson earned money as a door-to-door handyman. His success in that arena encouraged him to start his own business, Big J Enterprises, in 1976. When he started the business, which focused on mechanical contracting, Johnson was its only employee. His major break with the firm was receiving a large contract from Intel's expansion in Rio Rancho, which increased Big J's revenue to $38 million. Over-stretched by his success, Johnson enrolled in a time management course at night school, which he credits with making him heavily goal-driven. He eventually grew Big J into a multi-million dollar corporation with over 1,000 employees. By the time he sold the company in 1999, it was one of New Mexico's leading construction companies.
Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate for President, was a wildly successful and popular governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003.
From Wikipedia, about Johnson's first term:
He [Johnson] entered politics for the first time by running for Governor of New Mexico in 1994 on a fiscally conservative, low-tax, anti-crime platform. Johnson won the Republican Party of New Mexico's gubernatorial nomination, and defeated incumbent Democratic governor Bruce King by 50% to 40%. He cut the 10% annual growth in the budget: in part, due to his use of the gubernatorial veto 200 times during his first six months in office, which gained him the nickname "Governor Veto".
From Wikipedia, about Johnson's second term:
Johnson sought re-election in 1998, winning by 55% to 45%. In his second term, he concentrated on the issue of school voucher reforms, as well as campaigning for marijuana decriminalization and opposition to the War on Drugs. During his tenure as governor, Johnson adhered to a stringent anti-tax and anti-bureaucracy policy driven by a cost–benefit analysis rationale, setting state and national records for his use of veto powers: more than the other 49 contemporary governors put together. Term-limited, Johnson could not run for re-election at the end of his second term.Voters in New Mexico know -- and have loved -- Gary Johnson better than any candidate running for President in 2012. They've experienced Johnson's popular and able libertarian leadership.
If Gary Johnson has any chance in hell to carry any state in the Union for the Libertarian Party, that state should be New Mexico.
Yet, according to Real Clear Politics, President Obama leads Governor Romney by 10% in New Mexico. Rasmussen Reports has 9% of likely voters preferring "some other candidate."
What up, Moon Pie????