FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2019
Oklahoma Libertarian Party Unanimously Votes To Revoke The Membership Of “Joe Exotic”.
Midwest City— During their 2018 State Convention, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party unanimously voted to censure Joseph Maldonado for actions and policies that were a clear violation of its Statement of Principles. On March 30, at their 2019 Convention, the delegates unanimously voted to revoke Maldonado’s membership when it was discovered at his trial that he had used his gubernatorial race as an alibi for his plot to hire someone to kill a Florida woman. Mr. Maldonado was found guilty in Oklahoma City federal court in a murder-for-hire case. He could face up to 20 years or more in federal prison.
“Our antiquated state laws enabled Mr. Maldonado to run as a Libertarian without the endorsement, support, or consent of The Libertarian Party of Oklahoma,” newly elected State Chair Chad Williams said about Maldonado’s allegation. Since being recognized in 2016, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party has fielded candidates in multiple races including State Auditor and Inspector, where Dr. John Yeutter received over 270,000 votes. “We are deeply saddened that, as a result, our party will be associated with “Joe Exotic” in the history books, but we look forward to moving beyond that, pressing for updated election laws in Oklahoma in an effort to prevent this from happening to any party in the future, and working for the betterment of our great state,” Williams said.
For more information, contact Chad Williams at (405) 281-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.