The 2012 Republican primaries will give America a chance to see a wide variety of conservative candidates. There will candidates that many Americans already know such as Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. However, there will be other candidates that America have yet to become acquainted with.
One of those candidates is Buddy Roemer.
Most people, like myself, have never heard of him. And they might barely remember him after the election is over. Which is kinda how the people of Louisiana remember him:
"A former Democratic member of Congress who switched to the GOP in 1991, midway through his single term as governor, Roemer has been largely absent from politics since consecutive failed gubernatorial runs. In Louisiana circles, he is a onetime political wunderkind who is remembered more for what he might have been than what he accomplished."
An old aide to Roemer explain that people remember him more for his eccentricities than his political career:
Former Rep. Jim McCrery, an aide to Roemer when the former governor was in Congress who eventually took his seat, said most in the state have lost track of his former boss.“Ninety-nine out of 100 people couldn’t tell you where Buddy Roemer is today,” McCrery said. “But he has a pretty good story to tell about what he’s done since being out of the public eye.”
A New-Age Mystic: As part of a very public mid-life crisis, Gov. Roemer began wearing blue jeans and adopted the slogan, "Goodbye to me, hello to we." Here we'll quote from Charlie Trueheart's 1991 Washington Post story:
"[H]e and his erstwhile Roemeristas (so called because of the much-touted but since-wilted "Roemer revolution") have been reduced to mouthing the ridiculous platitudes of Robert Fulghum and other New Age shamans. Cook reports, "He packed himself and his staff off to motivational treats dubbed 'Adventures in Attitudes,' where they learned to banish negative thoughts by snapping a rubber band against their wrists while uttering 'Cancel, cancel.'"
Some people remember him as a key player in the 2008 West Virginia primaries in which he may have assisted John McCain in delivering that state to Mike Huckabee in order to prevent Mitt Romney from winning that state. According to Fox News, John McCain instructed Buddy Roemer to give the McCain delegates to Mike Huckabee:
"But before Huckabee’s surprising turnaround at the convention, McCain delegates told FOX News they had been instructed by the campaign to throw their support to Huckabee.
McCain delegate John Vuolo said former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer approached him and other McCain supporters at the convention and told them he had spoken to McCain, and that the best thing to do was to support Huckabee in the hope that Huckabee could beat Romney in this winner-take-all state."
His campaign theme will be “Free to Lead,” Roemer said, boasting: “I’m going to be independent from the Big Money, Wall Street money, special interest money; that’s going to be my mark in this campaign.”
And how exactly will he fund a national campaign by capping each of his donors at $100 cumulatively in an era when the sitting president may crack the $1 billion mark?“You think I can get 4 million Americans to give me $100 each?” he asked. “That’s $400 million.”Asked whether he thinks he can raise anywhere near that in a primary, Roemer recalled that he faced the same doubts when he imposed limits on himself in his successful 1987 gubernatorial race among an array of well-connected candidates, including incumbent Gov. Edwin Edwards and former Reps. Bob Livingston and Billy Tauzin.