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Republican Who Called Parkland Teens ‘skinhead Lesbian’ And ‘Bald-Faced Liar’ Abruptly Quits Race

Leslie Gibson leaves the race with his head "held high". Yeah, he really said that.
Republican Who Called Parkland Teens ‘skinhead Lesbian’ And ‘Bald-Faced Liar’ Abruptly Quits Race

Gibson said “I am not walking away with my head hung low. I am walking away with my head held high," He had decided after talking to friends and family, and prayer that it was best to leave the race, presumably for his earlier hate-filled comments. And it had nothing to do with the well over $100,000 Eryn Gilchrist had raised online in just one day to take on this hatemonger.

Source: Associated Press

Sabattus, Maine (AP) -- A Republican Maine House candidate who called a Florida high school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and called another a "bald-faced liar" is quitting the race.

Leslie Gibson was widely criticized for insulting the survivors of last month's shooting, which killed 17 people. The Portland Press Herald reports Gibson said Friday he's walking away with his "head held high."

One of the teenage students Gibson attacked online was Emma Gonzalez, a leader in student efforts to combat gun violence. He said there was "nothing about this skinhead lesbian" that impressed him.

Gibson had been unopposed in the 57th District contest. Now Republican Thomas Martin Jr. and Democrat Eryn Gilchrist are running. Gilchrist says she was "horrified" at the idea of Gibson representing her.

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