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Ready for Roemer and Rohrer?

Not all candidates are high-profile these days. Here are two fighting for some, even any, media attention.

Ready for Roemer and Rohrer?

You likely saw this headline and wondered, who?

Don't feel bad, you're not alone.

Fact is that even in this day of constant info and news flow, of unending coverage of politics and campaigns, there are still some candidates out there nobody knows and who are, as a result, crying for attention.

Buddy Roemer and Sam Rohrer are among them.

Roemer is a former four-term congressman and former governor of Louisiana, a Harvard grad who also holds a Harvard MBA, who dropped out of this year's GOP contest - after never getting invited to a single debate - to run for president as a reformer on Americans Elect, a new online non-partisan nominating process.

Roemer is currently second in registered online supporters, behind Ron Paul but ahead of Jon Huntsman.

This week, his campaign put out his schedule: he's speaking at Tulane University in New Orleans on Wednesday, doing a "twitter town hall" Thursday, a meet and greet "Game On!!" event in Boston on Friday and an "Occupy DC Money Out of Politics" gig in Washington Saturday.

Money is his big thing, as in he wants it out of politics. He won't take PAC funds or any contributions more than $100. This, of course, is why nobody's ever heard of him.

Sam Rohrer is a also a Republican, a former member of the state House from Berks County, who lost in the 2010 primary for governor to Tom Corbett and who's now running in the GOP Senate primary to oppose Bob Casey is November.

Rohrer's a conservative (to put it mildly) but is not endorsed by his party. Wealthy biz-guy Steve Welch of Chester County is. This is why you never hear about Rohrer.

Rohrer is endorsed by Michele Bachmann, though his campaign website spells her name wrong.

It also solicits $5 contributions, which is why you're not likely to hear about Rohrer.

So this week, Rohrer is pleading for media attention. He issued a "media alert" offering interviews "on issues facing America."

The "alert" says media can "interview Rohrer, use him for a source on an upcoming story or invite him to your program."

I, for one, never really have programs but if I did I'd certainly consider inviting Sam.

Both he and Roemer have legitimate ideas on saving taxpayer dollars and on making campaigns and politics less about money and connections.

Thing is, their efforts only remind us that campaigns and politics are all about money and connections.

It probably makes them want to grrrr.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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