One of the top 5 Yahoo News stories as of this morning is an AP article on Ron Paul’s grassroots support — only in this case the roots start at the top of the NYC skyline:
NEW YORK – Passengers on a plane leaving New York could see three words in 4-foot block letters painted on an East Village rooftop terrace as they ascended: GOOGLE RON PAUL. The entreaty to search the Internet for news of the Republican congressman from rural Texas is one of the more visible signs of enthusiasm from a do-it-yourself base of Web fans. Their support doesn’t show up in public opinion polls, but it’s unmatched among presidential candidates in its passion.
Anyone familiar with the local Ron Paul movement will not be surprised to know that the rooftop sign was masterminded by our own local libertarian doctor, Avery Knapp (pictured above):
Avery Knapp is typical of the Paul Web supporter. A 28-year-old radiology resident, Knapp describes himself as a lifelong conservative who voted for President Bush in 2000 before growing disillusioned with the Iraq war and federal spending.
Bush “did nothing but increase the size of government. The Republican Party needs to move back to its core principles,” Knapp said. Many Paul supporters share Knapp’s disdain for what he called a “neo-conservative clique” and hope Paul can spark a Goldwater-style insurgency.
Dr. Knapp will be the guest speaker at the next Manhattan Libertarian Party meeting on September 10th.