Terbolizard calls himself ‘insensitive bozo’
Local congressional candidate Theodore Terbolizard asked for “forgiveness and understanding” after online commenters flamed him for remarks he made after being arrested a week ago on Highway 174 on suspicion of drunken driving.
“I have read hundreds and hundreds of comments online about this matter,” wrote Terbolizard, who is doing most of his campaigning on the Internet and reaching out to groups that, he has said, are the future of politics.
“In public Web forums, this news has sparked incredible discussions about laws, punishment, drinking and driving, collective property, personal property, contract rights, duress and more; all of us, including myself, learn tremendously from these interactions,” Terbolizard wrote in a message titled “Terbolizard calls self ‘Insensitive Bozo’ and ‘Drunken Idiot.'”
“I made a series of mistakes. I have learned many things from this event. I am taking full personal responsibility for my actions,” Terbolizard, 39, wrote to his online community about his arrest early Feb. 10. “I will do my best to comply with the law as this (court) process continues.”
He added he would continue campaigning despite the “routine traffic misdemeanor.”
Terbolizard, who lives part-time in Cedar Ridge, also said he has refused to sign a voluntary document promising fair campaign practices because it would constrain his campaigning.
“We already have highly regulated elections, which cost – even without staff or ad campaigns – significant amounts of dollars just in filing fees,” Terbolizard wrote. “All of this means we do not have free elections in the United States.”
Basing his campaign platform in support of personal rights and small government, in a strict reading of the United States Constitution, he added he would be challenging fellow Republicans Doug Ose and Thomas “Rico” Oller on constitutional issues this week.
To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4230.
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