Thursday, March 28, 2002

Don't Blame Me, I Voted for the Existentialist Libertarian Druid

Thanks to Marc Webster for this one too:

The conventional knowledge about California's upcoming gubernatorial election is that having beaten the moderate-to-liberal Richard Riordan in the Republican primary, nominee Bill Simon, Jr. has too conservative a reputation to have a chance of unseating Gov. Gray Davis. Perhaps, but there's a new wrinkle in the story: the Libertarian party's nominee for Governor and self-described existentialist libertarian Druid, Gary Copeland. Like any true libertarian, he's done a lot of drugs - including LSD. The experience expanded his mind so much he decided to run for a major elected office in the U.S. as a third party candidate. Naturally he gets some flak for being outspoken about his Druidry, but he doesn't mind: "'It doesn’t bother me at all,' says Copeland. 'It’s not an issue with me. It’s their issue, not mine. When people speak, they speak for who they are. . . . It’s my path to serve, and I’m doing that. I know not everyone’s going to agree, but that’s okay.'" Right on, dude. Another charming fact - his address is 5 Moccasin Trail, Trabuco Canyon, CA. Sounds like a peaceful place to live.

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