Buddy Roemer. Free To Lead?

Bookmark and Share Free to lead. Thats the tagline former Democrat turned Republican, Governor of Louisiana Charles Buddy Roemers presidential exploratory effort. On his website, Roemer describes himself as an independent voice with no entanglements to special interests a quality that makes him free to lead. To punctuate the point, Roemer pledges to not take a dime a special interest money. Nothing from PACs and no donation above $100.

Independent wealth does not evade this former businessman, banker and real estate developer and some of the wealth he has accumulated will certainly be invested in his effort, but how much depends on how serious he is about his presidential ambitions. Without a willingness to make his substantial personal financial investment, it will be difficult for Roemer to compete with a wealth of other potential Republican candidates who have much more extensive fundraising operations and capabilities than Roemer.

But money is the least of Roemers problems at the moment. The size and extent of his base and its growth potential are most critical. While it is not unheard of to see a long shot candidate beat the odds, Roemer does not start off with much of a base to grow upon. And he has virtually no base outside of the South and more specifically, outside of his state. These will be obstacles hard to overcome in a year where several solid candidates are growing their bases of support and will seen force Roemer to compete with. This will make everything else harder for Roemer. It will make it harder for message to be heard, for him to be taken seriously and to raise a significant amount of money from those 100 dollar or less donations.

Buddy Roemer starts his campaign off with an attractive message. But he has a long way to go to distinguish himself from a field of other candidates who will be claiming that they too are free to lead.

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