Roger Stone is a legend in the Republican Party.
He's been described as everything from political consultant and senior strategist to "GOP hitman" and "keeper of the Nixon flame."
Recently, while Roger was in town for the "Annual Competitive Enterprise Institute Dinner and Gala," he sat down with us to talk about several issues -- such as who he supports in the 2012 Presidential election, birthers, and his unique fashion sense (he was wearing a three-piece seersucker suit with his trademark suspenders and pocket watch when we talked).
Here's what Roger had to say. ...
He supports Gary Johnson for President.
Roger backs Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson, who, along with supporting tax cuts and government spending supports legalizing marijuana, gay marriage, and repealing the Patriot Act.
Roger's not a big Mitt Romney fan.
So, who does Roger think Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate? "Someone who's probably incredibly boring," Roger said and then theorized that it probably end up being Senator Rob Portman from Ohio.
The Obama White House is more political than the Nixon White House.
Roger, who successfully talked a Richard Nixon aide into hooking him up with a job at the infamous Committee to Re-elect the President when he was a student at George Washington University, said President Obama's White House is run very politically. Also, the Obama Administration doesn't dress as well as other administrations for which Roger has worked. "Under Nixon, you had to always wear a suit," he said. "Reagan never took off his jacket, even in the Oval office. Meanwhile everyone in the Obama White House dresses more relaxed."
Presidents Nixon and Obama differ on more than just politics and fashion sense.
"Nixon used to love to bowl," Roger told us. And well, the current POTUS famously does not.
He thinks Donald Trump could have been a serious Presidential candidate.
Roger thinks The Donald would have made a fine POTUS candidate, but doesn't think his heart was in it. "Everyone knows who he is," Roger said. "He's a household name, like J-Lo and he's not boring." But according to Roger, even though Donald could have beat Mitt for the nomination, he wouldn't have liked running for or being President. "He doesn't like to travel and why would he downgrade to a smaller house?" And that's why he quit the nomination race.
Oh, and as for Trump's pet issue of President Obama's birth certificate?
Roger thinks the birther issue is a dispute that is fueled by the web. "It definitely went viral because of the Internet because a lot of major media sources weren't talking about it," Roger said. "It's legitimate question and a lot of people are still wondering about it."
Roger wears socks now, but he was known for going barefoot in his wingtips.
The way Roger tells it, he was riding in an airplane with the Reagans during the 1980 campaign in the dead of winter. When future FLOTUS Nancy noticed that Roger wasn't wearing any socks, she asked him why. Roger said he came up with an explanation on the spot, telling Ron and Nancy, "I'm not wearing socks until the Soviets are out of Afghanistan. And that answer seemed acceptable to Governor Reagan.'"
What's the story behind his trademark suspenders?"What else is going to hold up your pants?" he asked. "'Suspenders' are actually called 'braces' in Britain and they make your trousers hang properly. Trousers need to have suspenders button's sewn into them. Clip-ons are never, ever acceptable," he said.
Finally, Roger shared with us how to make his favorite cocktail.
His favorite drink is a martini recipe given to him by Richard Nixon -- who got it from Winston Churchill:"You take a bottle of olives, you drain the olive juice. You fill it with water, you shake vigorously, You drain the water. You fill it with vermouth, put it in the refrigerator. Now, you take your cocktail shaker, you fill it with ice, you fill it with vodka. You shake extremely vigorously, by that I mean until there are little shards of floating ice in the vodka. You pour it into a chilled glass. You take one our two olives out of the bottle and drop it in. And that is your martini."
And, what about those "dirty tricks" we've heard about?
"One man's dirty trick is another man's civic participation," Roger said.
Thank you, Roger, for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with Team Glittarazzi! And, special thanks to GOProud Co-Founder Chris Barron for setting this interview up! | Top photo: Glittarazzi's Ali Lewis chats with Roger Stone and GoProud Co-Founder Chris Barron
Roger shows off his trademark suspenders.
L-R: Roger Stone, Glittarazzi's Ali Lewis & GoProud Co-Founder Chris Barron
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