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.