Johnson files in the nick of time
October 28th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Johnson files in the nick of time

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - A one-way, red-eye flight from Arizona? $500.

Filing your candidacy in New Hampshire's primary just in the nick of time? Priceless.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson successfully rushed to New Hampshire overnight Thursday after his campaign made the embarrassing realization that he might miss the state's filing deadline.

"Bottom line, we just screwed up," Johnson told members of the press who repeatedly pressed him on the near-oversight Friday.

The campaign had planned to file by proxy but realized Thursday they had left it too late. A candidate filing on the last day of the filing period must do so in person, according to the secretary of state's office.

Candidates who wish to appear on the New Hampshire ballot must file with the secretary of state by Friday. The campaign had planned to file by proxy but realized Thursday they had left it too late - a candidate can only file in person on the last day, according to Johnson.

Johnson, who had been campaigning in Arizona, boarded a flight at midnight from Phoenix and arrived in Boston around 7 a.m. Friday. He said he would return to Arizona about three hours after he filed.

The soft-spoken governor claimed ultimate responsibility for the error.

"I don't want for a second for anyone to think that we didn't screw up," Johnson said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Gary Johnson • New Hampshire
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Bill in Florida

    I'm so glad that Gary J made the filing date on time. His campaign is SO HUGE that it would have been a shame to miss New Hampshire ...

    October 28, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Geez, he wasted a lot of time and money. He'll be lucky to break 1,000 votes. I think this guy smokes too much weed.

    October 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. GrogInOhio

    A critical Middle East peace conference that may finally solve the problem begins today. A President Gary Johnson "just screwed up" and missed the meeting. Scuttling the chance for world peace. Yeah... that's "presidential".

    October 28, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boy, Demo is really wound up today. It has to be hard for him to be a extremist Fox contributor ranting on real media. I think we all know who really smokes too much weed, and you can see your reflection in the mirror. When was the last time any republican did something for the good of the country?

    October 28, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. SAY WHAT

    Why waste your money and time. Enough clowns already in the race. Don't need another one.

    October 28, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. A conserative

    Wire palladen, get the facts strait it was the dems that destroyed this country, they were the ones in control of the house and senate at the time of the economic meltdown they also supported fanney mae and freddie mac, so stop blaming the rebubs and bush.
    anybody but obama in 2012

    October 28, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Oldie in TampaBay

    another clown in the parade ...

    October 28, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Patriot Awesome

    A conserative :

    "Wire palladen, get the facts strait it was the dems that destroyed this country, they were the ones in control of the house and senate at the time of the economic meltdown they also supported fanney mae and freddie mac, so stop blaming the rebubs and bush."

    You're forgetting that the Republicans had control for 6 years before that and were spending like drunken sailors, cut taxes, and started 2 costly wars. We are still paying for the wars and the tax cuts.

    October 28, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A conservative-What you report are not facts, but lies from Fox and right wingnut extreme media. When Bush and the republicans voted to add $5.5 Trillion to our national debt with unfunded wars and bailouts, they lost all credibility. Bush had the power of veto even when Americans came to their senses and learned about the republican culture of corruption, the lies about WMDs, the class warfare created by trickle down economics, etc., and finally elected a small majority of democrats in the house.

    October 28, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |