Libertarian Party Drops Governor Candidate
California´s Libertarian Party has voted to drop its candidate for governor because he spat on a radio talk show host. The party´s 15-member executive committee voted in Fremont today to rescind its endorsement of Gary Copeland´s campaign and to censure him for quote “repugnant” and unprofessional conduct. Party chairman Aaron Starr says many of the 98-thousand registered members in California were “quite appalled” by his action. The resolution also called on the 46-year-old Copeland to apologize and withdraw from the race. But Copeland says he will continue to run. He says the radio host “deserved to be spat upon,” and that the committee´s resolution “means absolutely nothing.” He says the controversy has resulted in at least two death threats, but donations have increased his campaign war chest from six thousand dollars to twenty thousand dollars. Copeland admits spitting on KABC AM radio host Brian Whitman during a September 8th interview at the station´s Los Angeles studio.