Pubdate: Mon, 23 Oct 2006
Source: Sioux City Journal (IA)
Copyright: 2006 Sioux City Journal
Author: Phillip Rawls
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Loretta Nall, the Libertarian Party's write-in
candidate for governor of Alabama, is campaigning on her cleavage and
hoping that voters will eventually focus on her platform.

"It started out as a joke, but it blew up into something huge," said
Nall, a 32-year-old with dyed blond hair.

Her campaign is offering T-shirts and marijuana stash boxes adorned
with a photo of her with a plunging neckline and the words: "More of
these boobs." Below that are pictures of other candidates for governor
_ including Republican incumbent Bob Riley and Democratic Lt. Gov.
Lucy Baxley _ and the words: "And less of these boobs."

Her Web site has a cartoon of someone stuffing bills down the front of
her low-cut top. And for $50 donation she apparently offers to show a
cartoon of herself flashing her breasts.

Nall, who spoke in an interview Friday on the Capitol steps, realizes
that is about as close as she is going to get to the governor's
office. But her outrageous antics have helped her attract attention
not normally enjoyed by write-in candidates.

Nall is calling for the withdrawal of the Alabama National Guard from
Iraq, tax credits for sending children to private school and home
schooling, opting out of the No Child Left Behind Act, legalizing
marijuana, and not complying with the Patriot Act and the Real ID Act.

The Libertarian Party could not collect the 40,000 voter signatures
needed to get her name on the ballot, and she has not reached the
$25,000 threshold in contributions that would require her to file a
campaign finance report.

Despite the political handicaps, she knows how to get free attention.

Early in her campaign, she talked about how her misdemeanor arrest for
marijuana possession in 2002 led her to start the U.S. Marijuana Party.

Then she entertained readers of her campaign Web site with lots of
information about her personal life, including a discussion of why she
doesn't wear panties.
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