Steve G.

LPKY: Landham “not on the ballot yet, and we control ballot access”

In Libertarian on July 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm

From the Associated Press:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The head of Kentucky’s Libertarian Party said party leaders are not ready to take action against U.S. Senate hopeful Sonny Landham for a series of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim remarks.

Ken Moellman made the remarks on Saturday on “The Weekly Filibuster,” an Internet radio program on politics with student panelists.

Moellman said a decision on whether Landham would run as a Libertarian on the November ballot against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Bruce Lunsford would come on Monday or Tuesday.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Landham advocated turning away Arabs from entering this country and said the U.S. should have bombed Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He repeatedly referred to Arabs and Muslims with offensive language.

His comments were similar to those he had made a day earlier on “The Weekly Filibuster.”

Addressing Landham’s comments on Saturday, Moellman said, “Obviously the party does not stand for that.”

He described the Libertarian Party as “pro-immigration or pro-legal immigration.”

Asked how the state party could continue to consider Landham as a candidate after he had called for the genocide of Arabs and Muslims, Moellman said party leaders are exploring their options and looking at how any decision they make would affect other races.

Moellman said the leaders of the state party all have full-time jobs and it is difficult to get them together for a decision, although he had just gotten off a conference call with them.

It’s likely the party would not run another candidate if it were to abandon Landham, he said.

“I don’t know if we could find another credible candidate who would be willing to walk into that situation,” he said.

Landham has said his supporters have gathered more than enough signatures to qualify him for the ballot, but Moellman said on Saturday that Landham is “not on the ballot yet, and we control the ballot access.”

Landham, who is an actor, appeared in adult films early in his career before acting in several action movies, including “48 Hours” and “Predator.”

Later he was convicted of making threatening and obscene phone calls to his ex-wife and served more than 2 1/2 years in federal prison before the conviction was thrown out by a federal appeals court that found he committed no crime.

  1. Not ready? Have to look at how it affects other candidates?!

    So LPKY is a misnomer. It’s PPKY: Pragmatic Party of Kentucky.

    Real nice.

  2. Well, geez… They have to worry about finding “another” credible candidate. They wouldn’t want to run someone who wasn’t “credible.”

    Like Imperato said, it’s about credibility, credibility, credibility.

    And according to LPKY, Landham has it and they might not be able to find someone else who does.

  3. The Sec. State in KY even seems willing to do the right thing if LPKY is willing to go for it… According to a bit I saw on Ballot Access News a little while ago, LPKY can decide they don’t want Landham, and the Sec. State will run him as an independent, instead of as a Lib…

    Argument being that this was the fairest resolution – leave Sonny on the ballot so as not to invalidate all those that signed the petitions to nominate him (and regardless of whether they may regret it now…) but at the same time, removing the LP label if LPKY decides they don’t want to be associated with him…

    ART

  4. “Like Imperato said, it’s about credibility, credibility, credibility”. Indeed, very important, and did he not endorse the person that turned out to be the LP presidential nominee? Would he have endorsed him if he thought he was not credible? Makes you think….

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