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4/24: Morning Mash with Eric Von Haessler pondering a Senate race, Regular Guys syndicating

Eric Von Haessler, one of the Regular Guys on Rock 100.5, is seriously considering a run for Senate as a Libertarian candidate against Johnny Isaakson.

The problem is if he runs for office, he may have to give up his radio spot because there could be issues of fairness.

Would you even consider voting for Eric Von Haessler for Senator as the Libertarian candidate?

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“I don’t know what all kinds of FCC regulations come into play,” he said. “There are two schools of thought. One is that I’d have to leave the air as soon as I got the nomination for the Libertarian Party [in April of 2010]. Some think it might only have to be four weeks out.”

So for now, “I’m officially just exploring the idea.”

He noted that this is not a radio stunt. “I’ve been a political junkie all my life,” he said. “I’m a capitalist. I was never moved to get involved until I heard the rhetoric of the past few months. It’s very anti-capitalistic. It’s a school of thought I disagree with.”

He knows he’s got a serious long shot as a Libertarian candidate. “I’m a novice on the Libertarian Party,” he said. “Obviously, I’ll be up against Johnny Isaakson.”

And he doesn’t want to go broke running for office. “If I were a plumber, I wouldn’t have to quit my job,” he said. “Because of what I do, it’s kind of rigged against me. I have to figure out how to pay my mortgage payments while I’m running. That’s the only thing holding me back.”

Von Haessler’s contract for the Regular Guys through January 2011.

Below, he talked a bit about his rationale on YouTube.

Here’s his speech at the Tea Party at the Capitol on April 15.

Here’s a link to the 17-minute video of his speech with the Libertarian Party of Georgia April 18. I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video.

-The Regular Guys will be adding a second station in Dallas Monday, effectively becoming a syndicated product. Will this make any difference to the show? Probably not too much, given that they don’t do that much truly local stuff beyond “Southside” Steve’s appearance announcements.

A good source told me about this a month ago but at the time, Larry Wachs and John Dickey categorically denied this was going to happen. That same source said they’re in talks to enter the Nashville market, too.

14 comments Add your comment

Bobb Barr

April 24th, 2009
9:56 am

Dallas will be a good fit for TRG because there are just as many angry wingnuts there as there are here. Maybe they can have a contest on which state house will be the first to vote for secession.

Oh, and Eric von Teabagger has ZERO chance of defeating Isaakson. So go ahead and run. It’ll be fun to watch you FAIL yet again (you know, just like you’ve FAILED in everything else that didn’t involve Larry).

OZZFEST

April 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

BARR, MCKINNEY, GINGRICH…this dufus would just be another embarrassment that we (idiot) Georgians send to Washington. I was born and raised in Atlanta and still live in Brookhaven…but we have to be the “dumbest” state in the union.

Just another regular guy.

April 24th, 2009
2:15 pm

What a hater that commenter is.

Any libertarian has zero chance, and I’d rather Von Haessler ran as a Republican, but at least he is standing up for what he believes is right.

I would hope that if Von Haessler sees a close election between Isaakson and the Dem opponent, he would step aside to keep yet another Dem from adding to their majority.

But I doubt if a Democrat can win GA anytime soon anyways, so I don’t think it will be close enough for Eric to have to do that.

Shannon Montgomery

April 24th, 2009
3:21 pm

Please – there is more to radio in Atlanta than the Morning Mash!!! Maybe you should go all TV if the Morning Mash is the only thing you can blog about. Its boring – look at the titles for the last few weeks and you’ll see what I mean!!!

Bruce

April 24th, 2009
3:47 pm

If you listen to Eric talk about this, he isn’t really thinking he has any chance to win. He pretty much is running to make the voice of people like him heard. He wants to be part of the discussion.

MrLiberty

April 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Isakson, like virtually every other republican that claims to represent this state and claims to be a conservative is just another big government NEOCON. When I used to listen to Eric I thought he was ok, but he seemed to become brain damaged, like most of america, on 9-11. Somehow he turned his back on the actions of the US government that caused 9-11 and rushed to support any anti-constitutional program that Bush put forth so long as it was sold as “protecting america.”

Isakson meanwhile supports every big government program that comes along, and would have supported the last bailout package if enough pork had been thrown at the real estate industry.

I too would like to see him run as a republican instead. The rules have been rigged against 3rd parties, no matter how excellent their views (like the constitution and libertarian parties). If the republicans in this state supported a libertarian over that worthless Isakson, it would show a real change for the better for the party. Unfortunately, no matter how much of a sellout Isakson is or how many more big government and Keynesian policies he supports, they will blindly vote for his just to make sure no democrat gets elected. That’s the beauty of the two party system. There is really only one party, but when you give it two faces, you can pit one group against the other to make it seem like there is a real choice. Then the two sides fight amonst each other while government just gets bigger and bigger and bigger.

There have been better candidates for senate from the Libertarian party, but republicans would rather support a socialist/fscist candidate than risk restoring freedom and liberty to this country. Too bad. Returning Isakson will only perpetuate our problems not help them. Not sure that Eric would be an improvement, but he certainly couldn’t be any worse.

Nick Wright

April 24th, 2009
4:15 pm

Control my health care? What, you mean like the for-profit health insurance companies do now?

Nick Wright

April 24th, 2009
4:17 pm

Shannon, I don’t see how Rodney’s “Morning Mash” title policy has anything to do with TV. As far as I know it’s just his nickname for his morning headlines.

Bullwinkle

April 24th, 2009
6:24 pm

This is just the beginning!
Vote Eric for Senate in 2010
Vote Larry Wachs for President in 2012
Vote Larry the Cable Guy for Vice President in 2012
Vote Joe Biden for Toilet Cleaner at Walmart on Bankhead Highway

tnecvolfan2001

April 24th, 2009
7:42 pm

wow, MrLiberty, that was an excellent post, sir. that’s about right on what i think, adding that when i moved to georgia, johnny issacson was the first person i voted for — in the governor’s race if i’m not mistaken. of course, if i had known what i know today, i would have voted for a great american – Zell Miller instead

tnecvolfan2001

April 24th, 2009
7:43 pm

This is just the beginning!
Vote Eric for Senate in 2010
Vote Larry Wachs for President in 2012
Vote Larry the Cable Guy for Vice President in 2012
Vote Joe Biden for Toilet Cleaner at Walmart on Bankhead Highway

–classic!

Larry Fine

April 24th, 2009
10:19 pm

Hey! Don’t forget about us! Me, Moe & Curly are running for Governor of New York. After all, if one stooge can really screw up that state, imagine what 3 Stooges can do!!

Jimmy Baron

April 26th, 2009
9:26 am

Will someone please give me a job? I was in a Tom Cruise movie, so I should be paid lots of money even though I have zero talent.

Old Man Fram

April 26th, 2009
9:29 am

I will need a job too. I’m doing a real good job of running WRXP in New York into the ground and I’m probably toast any day now. Maybe my good friends Randall Bloomquist and Chuck Deskins can get get me a job cleaning toilets at the Walmart on Bankhead Highway.