Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Heading off an embarrassing blunder, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will file his paperwork for candidacy in New Hampshire's primary Friday - the day of the filing deadline.
Johnson almost missed his chance to appear on the first-in-the-nation primary ballot. When the campaign realized Thursday that Johnson's paperwork was in danger of not being filed, the governor took a plane up from Arizona so he could sign the papers in person, according to press spokesman Elizabeth Renda.
The campaign called it a screw-up.
Johnson plans to file at the secretary of state's office in Concord at 11:30 a.m.
The former governor has spent time and effort retail politicking in New Hampshire, and rode his bike on a six-day tour of the state earlier this month.
Here is a Republican candidate so obscure that even the candidate himself did not remember that he is running.
Did he take a publicy-funded plane trip to file for this?
No offence but who is this guy?
Johnson needs a better campaign organization. It probably is too late for him since the consensus is that the candidate field is set and the big money donors are starting to vote with their wallets.
For what office is Johnson filing? I was not aware that a candidate had to file papers in New Hampshire for the New Mexico Governor's race. Is he planning on running for the Office of the President? Who IS tis guy? I have never even heard of him. Maybe he is a replacement player for Bachmann, Perry or Santorum. One thing is certain – none of the current crop of GOP candidates has a chance of being elected President in 2012. I do not like President Obama, and would love to see him defeated by somebody who would actually protect the natural environment and champion the rights of common people. Unfortunately, that is not going to be anybody from the Republican Party, which protects the wealthy and corporations first and only.
Gov. Johnson is quite probably the strongest candidate with an "R" behind their name to beat President Obama in a general election. Unfortunately for Johnson, he measures up as a RINO by today's standards.
Mr. Johnson made a good one liner in a debate and that's the last we've heard from him.
Who really cares, he has no change in HLL, always full of crazy Repubs
How many Repuglicans are running ?? Is it 18 or 19? I`ve lost track.
I'm sorry but who is he? What's he running for?
Never heard of him!
He's been toying with the idea of running for a while and people who study politics believe he'd be one of the best candidates (the bar is pretty low).
He would be seen as another Jon Huntsman (minus the Mormon baggage).
But who wants a president that waits til the very last minute to get something really important done? He needs a better staff.