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Libertarian Party Chairman Hopeful Strips on Stage — and on C-SPAN

James Weeks told the convention, "I'm sorry; that was a dare," and said he was abandoning his campaign for party chairman.
IMAGE: Striptease at Libertarian convention
A man identified as James Weeks strips to his underwear Sunday at Libertarian Party national convention in Orlando, Florida.

A candidate for chairman of the Libertarian Party stripped off his clothes on live TV before dropping out of the race at the party's national convention Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

James Weeks — a self-described "liberty activist" from Michigan and a large, bearded man — was supporting the vice presidential campaign of Derrick Grayson when he said "I figured we could use a little bit of fun," started leading the convention in clapping and began taking off his suit, shirt and tie while dancing, according to video of the convention broadcast by C-SPAN.

Cheers and claps soon gave way to coots, catcalls and boos. Weeks then said, "I'm sorry; that was a dare," and said he was abandoning his own campaign for party chairman.

The political newspaper The Hill reported that several delegates complained about the display and that at least one sought to revoke Weeks' party membership.

On his website for an earlier campaign for sheriff of Livingston County, Michigan, Weeks writes that he has "dedicated his life to achieving a free society, free from an omnipotent state that seems to wish to squeeze every last drop of freedom out of our lives."

It wasn't as though the convention wasn't unusual enough. In a rarity in modern U.S. politics, the convention was contested and had to go to a second ballot before the Libertarians nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld as its presidential ticket.

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