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.
“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.