Politics & Government

Anti-Muslim comments give Libertarians pause

LOUISVILLE — 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 said on Saturday a decision on whether Landham would run as a Libertarian on the November ballot against Republican 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 United States should have bombed Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He repeatedly referred to Arabs and Muslims using offensive language.

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.“

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

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