If all goes according to plan for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at this week’s Libertarian Party convention in Las Vegas, he will win his party’s nomination for president on the first ballot and his running mate will be Judge Jim Gray, according to Reason.
Other possible choices for Johnson’s running mate included Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News fixture, and former California Rep. Barry Goldwater, Jr. Both turned the position down, as did Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson, according to the Daily Caller.
A Johnson-Gray ticket would unite two of the most-respected men in the libertarian sphere. Johnson’s more famous, but Gray’s built a reputation as the drug decriminalization advocate who doesn’t sound loopy when he talks about it. His candidacy statement (coming out officially in a little while) leads with a boast about his work on issues from “drug policy reform to competition and choice in education,” according to Slate.
Gray was a conservative Republican who later became a Libertarian after deciding that the nation’s drug laws did more harm than good. He is the author of several books about law, politics and the drug war, and helped spearhead Proposition 19 in California, which would have decriminalized marijuana in the Golden State had it passed, according to Reason.
Gray has previously run for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, in California.