POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:04pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 12:53pm
BATON ROUGE, La.(NBC33) — Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is deciding his next political move.
He's been campaigning for 17 months for the White House. His online nomination process has ended unsuccessfully. He's not certain he'll give up his run for the presidency because the issues are just too important.
"29,200 followers... 8,000 tweets in the last 24 hours," says the former Louisiana Governor. Roemer campaigns in the social networking realm, utilizing Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. "I love when you get re-tweeted."
Roemer was hoping his strategy of taking no contribution over $100 would resonate with working class Americans and the young technical savvy crowd. His digital efforts, did strike a chord with the Americans Elect group.
"It's a not-for-profit online nomination and selection team. It's the 21st century," says Roemer of the American’s Elect process.
Americans Elect has decided to shut down its online nomination process. With the end of Americans Elect, Roemer is deciding if he'll stop campaigning or choose another avenue. "The reform party wants me,” says the Independent candidate. “We'll see if I'll do that. More important to me is the issue. If we can challenge these would be presidents where they get their money and who they're beholden to, I'll feel good about it."
For now, the former Louisiana Congressman and Governor is back at Business First Bank in Baton Rouge; not full time, he says more like a consultant.
He says he’ll never giving up on making his accountability and transparency in government an issue in this presidential campaign. "So, we challenged the system,” says a proud Roemer. “We're going to keep challenging the system without making me the issue. It's not about me. I said that 16 months ago."
Roemer says approximately 112,000 people contributed to his campaign. He said the average donation was around $15 dollars. He says if there is any money left in the account, he'll possibly give it to a prospective college student in need who plans to study political reform or return it to the donors.