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Gary Johnson's NH Staffers Quit out of Frustration

Matt Simon, the New Mexico Governor's former New Hampshire communications director, says staff was not "let go" as the campaign said.

UPDATE, 4 P.M.: Eric Jackman, one of the five local staffers Simon referenced, said this afternoon that he has not quit the campaign, but he also said nobody has told him that he had been let go along with the rest of the state team, as Huihui said happened in late October.

Jackman said he hasn't been paid this month, but he did speak with Erik Johnson as recently as last week. But he also acknowledged that there has been "a lot of confusion" surrounding the campaign of late.

Simon, reached again later this afternoon, said he didn't realize Jackman hadn't quit the Johnson team, but said the other four New Hampshire campaign staffers definitely did quit.

An earlier story follows:

The former New Hampshire communications director for Gary Johnson's presidential campaign said all five of the candidate's staffers in the Granite State quit last month over "frustration with the national campaign."

Matt Simon, who joined the Johnson campaign early on, said , but he was followed by the four other paid New Hampshire staffers, including State Coordinator Brinck Slattery.

Grant Huihui, Johnson's campaign scheduler, that all of Johnson's New Hampshire staffers were "let go" in late October, but Simon said that is inaccurate.

"It's more accurate to say everybody quit," Simon said. "We don't want a big public thing , but definitely the New Hampshire staff quit out of frustration with the national campaign."

Simon said he personally was frustrated with the lack of organization and the lack of money that was being put into the campaign in New Hampshire.

"I was frustrated with the way everything was going," he said. "Obviously, it wasn't the campaign we envisioned running. We said all along the idea was to win, to demonstrate credibility and viability, to build an organization and campaign we weren't building. You have to be honest about that at some point."

The Johnson campaign hasn't been able to get much traction in the polls, even here in New Hampshire, where he has spent a considerable amount of time. He , admitting that he "screwed up" and had to fly in at the last minute to fill out the necessary paperwork.

"They just weren't giving us the resources needed to execute the plan," said Simon. "We drew up a plan back in April or May to do well in the New Hampshire Primary. But there was just a lack of resources – not being able to hire people, not being able to get things like yard signs until September when we needed them in May. A lot of people meet Gary Johnson and like him, but they see he doesn't have a campaign so they're not going to go out of their way to support him. It's too bad."

He said to the best of his knowledge, the New Hampshire campaign is now being run by Johnson's son, Erik. Huihui said this morning that three new people have been brought on board, but their exact roles have yet to be determined.

Simon said he continues to believe that Johnson would make an excellent president, but added, "That's not always what this process is about, though." He said it's too soon to say if he'll ever work for another campaign in the future.

Andrea Garcia November 19, 2011 at 07:19 AM
John, I support Both Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. However I find it appalling,(no pun intended) that Pauls supporters do not fight a little harder for Johnson to have a voice. WHO Do you think will run in 16'? Principles of Liberty do not change, Johnson is Solid on them as is Paul. To not be outraged at Johnsons media blackout just like they did to Paul (and continue) shows a lack of principles.
Andrea Garcia November 19, 2011 at 07:39 AM
For The People, If Mitt Romney is who the GOP base puts up against Obama, well then we deserve another 4 years of Obama. McCain or Obama, Mitt or Obama doesn't really matter they are the EXACT same. One steals liberty from the Right and the other from the Left.
ForThePeople November 19, 2011 at 04:14 PM
They're quite different in very many ways. It is this blind extremism that makes people look at Ron Paul supporters as being "unhinged." Having an eye for detail and understanding how politics affects society at large is also important. It's not all about your "liberty."
David Meller November 20, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Gary Johnson should withdraw from the 2012 GOP Presidential race with dignity. Ron Paul is the proper candidate for the GOP this year. He can further infrom himself on libertarian issues, especially monetary policy and the Federal Reserve, a peaceful America-First foreign policy, and ending the war-on-drugs completely, not only with marijuana, important as M's legalization is. If he is more knowledgeable and comfortable with the libertarian parts of Ron Paul's campaign, maybe he can run for President in 2016 or2020. He also could be a valuable voice in Congress, the Senate, or perhaps Governor again. This year, he would do best for himself, the GOP, and our country, to give his full support to Ron Paul. Ron Paul for President in '12!
Brinck Slattery October 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I quit, and don't have anything further to say about the matter other than it was my opinion that Gov. Johnson would have an embarrassing showing in New Hampshire due to a number of factors (primarily the fact that Ron Paul, an anti-abortion, pro-liberty Republican was running and leaving a very small bite of the republican primary voter pie for Gov. Johnson) and that he shouldn't have been on the ballot for the Republican primary. I wish him the best of luck in his quest as a Libertarian, and I'm very happy he's picking up steam!

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