FLORIDA: Libertarian Party Chairman Candidate Strips Down To Thong At National Convention [VIDEO]

NBC News reports:

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.

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.

  • crewman

    People used to accuse the Libertarian Party of not being a serious party with credible ideas; of being a side-car distraction. Well this changes everything.

    • Mark

      I can hear it now…. And in the center ring…..

    • Boss Dave

      Oh, the looneytarians have ideas, alright.

      Just not good ones.

      • They just take all the republican bad ideas that don’t have god in them and rebrand them.

      • KCMC

        not best platform support for weed legalization and making good life choices.

    • clay

      People have also accused the GOP of having a circus clown-car of primary.

      Wait, if enough people accuse the Democrats of being too serious, not enough fun, can we get stripper bears in Philly?

      • james_from_cambridge

        I don’t see why not. They’re out there and they need work so they can put some savings away for their winter hibernation.


        • clay

          Cute, but not exactly what I’m wanting from pole-dancing bears.

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    • Craig S

      And yet I appreciate a politician with a full rack.

      • Robincho

        … if not a full deck

      • Rolf

        Were they yelling ‘boo’ or ‘boobs’?

        • KCMC


  • it’s the season… for unreason. at least this presidential cycle.

    • billbear1961

      Frankly, when is it NOT the Season of Unreason in the USA??

      • Mark

        Feb 29???

        • billbear1961

          Yes, the Supreme Day of Reason in the States, one day every leap year!


  • billbear1961


  • hiker_sf

    Libertarians – fade away.

    • billbear1961

      God knows exactly WHAT they are, anyway!

      At least SOME of them keep their FAT faces OUT of their neighbours’ private lives.

      But, at the same time, many of them, in the name of “freedom,” stand by and do NOTHING when companies or groups of busybodies target helpless members of society for persecution!

      • Ernest Endevor

        Sentimental fascists.

        • billbear1961

          Or very passive ones, which, like sentimental fascists, is a contradiction in terms.

      • Gustav2

        God knows exactly WHAT they are, anyway!

        They do seem to be the only thing Stanford University can produce these days.

        • billbear1961

          Oh, yes?


    • Friday

      Frankly, peeling off some that’d otherwise vote Trump might be welcome enough, usually the Libertarian vote’s more or less a constant though.

  • I admit I could not bear to watch the entire clip…

    • billbear1961

      Hello, Paul!!

  • bkmn

    Gary Johnson thinks he can win the general election. That alone should get him a white jacket.

    • clay

      The absolute most he could do is throw it to the House, but with the electoral college, rather than the general vote, that’s not even likely.

  • Prion

    Since no cartoonists pay any attention to Libertarians, I’ll just leave this here:

    • Michael Rush

      He’s going to be in there a while

    • Hank

      Perhaps we should “shoot” the Gorilla, as they did in Cincinnati, as they did the other day to save THIS “boy”…. on second thought, let the Gorilla have its way with him!!!

    • Acronym Jim

      I like how the artist made Donald’s mouth look like a baboon’s ass. Very apropos.

  • WebSlinger
  • Michael Rush

    Is anyone willing to admit they were turned on by that ?

  • Randy Left Brooklyn

    He doesn’t even appear to be drunk/high/whatever.

    • billbear1961

      Doesn’t have to be if he’s MAD.

      • David Milley

        … as a March hare.

  • Carl

    Libertarians. It’s a stage you’re supposed to outgrow.

    • Gest2016

      I think the only thing this naked guy outgrew was his training bra.

      • cleos_mom

        We who never had training bras were in for a lifetime of regret that our tits wouldn’t stand up and do tricks.

        No, not that kind of trick..

  • Cherry

    It was pointed out on a FB post that he might have an Iron Cross tattoo on his shoulder/arm. From what I understand, that could be a sign of a White Nationalist?

    • secretlab

      It’s quite visible in the clip, so…yes. The Libertarian Party is pretty much the unbridled, spooky id of the Koch brothers. I speak as a one-time Libertarian.

    • Gest2016

      I thought he was actually Hodor from Game of Thrones.

    • Guest

      I also like simple answers to simple questions, but I realize that life isn’t so simple. If you’re able to sign up for Facebook, you’re also surely able to do a quick search of the interwebs in order investigate the veractiy of the notion that Iron Cross=White Nationalist?

      I found the following. Perhaps it addresses your question/concerns?

      “The iron cross tattoo meaning has its roots with King Friedrich Wilhelm the third of Prussia in the mid 1800s. The King commanded this stylized cross as a symbol of bravery and honorary medals bearing the iron cross were awarded to brave soldiers during the War of Liberation.

      Adolph Hitler adopted the iron cross as a medal for his own officers. In fact, it was the only major decoration awarded by the Nazis before the Third Reich.

      The iron cross has some rebellious symbolism associated with it, and worn by certain people it conveys a message of nonconformity or – more accurately an “F-off” message to “the man” or the “establishment.”

      Perhaps its association with Nazi Germany that popularized the iron cross tattoo with more rebellious groups of people who wish to convey this edgy message. Bikers, skinheads and hardcore niches often adorn themselves with the iron (or Maltese) cross to snub noses at conventionalism. In this context the iron cross may also convey a revolt against following the masses. Rather, the cross is a symbol expressing a rage against common thought & to be militant in the pursuit of individual thought/action.

      On a lighter note the iron cross tattoo meaning is redeemed when we see it in civic departments to acknowledge bravery on duty. Fire and Police organizations often utilize this cross to show commendable service and incredible bravery on the job. In these instances, the iron cross is a symbol of iron-will required to protect the community.”

  • That Guy
    • Exatron
  • Sam_Handwich
  • BearEyes

    and they say CSPAN is boring.

    • C-SPAN indeed CAN be boring … but you should watch the first hour of “Washington Journal,” probably the only live, viewer-interactive program there is.

      • cleos_mom

        Without cable I don’t see much of C-SPAN anymore; when I did it was the only TV station around that could be truly unpredictable.

        During Bill Clinton’s first Inauguration, they showed a brief clip of him griping about running late because everyone was looking for Chelsea’s coat. My two sisters and I all thought it was hilarious: that was exactly my birth family every time we went anywhere.

  • Hey, if this is your last big chance to make a splash on C-SPAN …..

  • popebuck1

    Oh, you Libertarians. You’re adorable. It’s all a contest with you, isn’t it? All about who can be the most outrageously, radically “individual.” Bless your hearts.

    • Friday

      Well, they’re trying to not be ignored as the ‘Republican/Religious Right Candidate Safety School: Buy the Ayn Rand-Flavored Corporate Party” sort of deal. Not such a bad move for some of them who actually think they’d get ‘more freedom’ out of their policy notions to not just come off as ‘More-uptight corporatists who think ‘Liberty’ is The Right Of Big Money And Big Religion To Do Whatever It Can To People.’

      Apart from that it’s a damn circus atmosphere in the rest of the election season, it’s probably not the worst move ever, if a sad sign of the times as well.

    • Robincho

      They’re all “rebels.” Like Cher…

  • DaveMiller135

    I think all of the debates could have benefitted from a swimsuit competition. Maybe more people would watch then. I might have.

    • motordog

      I dunno…with only a very few exception, it might be even more unpleasant.

      • cleos_mom

        O’malley would win and the other candidates would claim it was rigged.

        • Guest

          My former hair stylist claimed to have seen O’Malley starkers in the locker room at the gym. “VERY nice”, he said. Color me green with envy.

        • KCMC

          stuffed ballot, ‘box?’

    • I’m not sure any of us would have wanted to witness the wardrobe failures that sort of competition might have foisted upon us.

  • popebuck1

    “Gee, C-SPAN turned into a hardcore porn channel so gradually, we never noticed until it was too late.”

    • cleos_mom

      Well, the first time I ever heard the word “fuck” uttered on TV was on C-SPAN. It was in the punchline of a joke Molly Ivins was telling.

      • popebuck1

        Sigh. I miss her so much. What hay she could have made of THIS year’s campaign season!

        • Acronym Jim

          Her AND Ann Richards.

    • studd55

      We’ll have to tell on them at NPR.

  • oikos
    • Robincho

      Ever see Ayn Rand and Edie the Egg Lady in the same room? Well, didja?

      • KCMC

        OMG, the teeth.

        • Robincho

          Homo putridens…

        • studd55

          Perry Dontitus.

      • RickCabral

        That’s a scary thought.

  • Gustav2

    “the Libertarians nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld as its presidential ticket”

    Talk about a “coronation,” or are we only allowed to use that word for Ms Clinton?

    • Reality.Bites

      Well it went to two ballots.

      • cleos_mom

        Those were messy Libertarians.

        • Reality.Bites

          If they were real Libertarians they’d all run for President and refuse to serve once elected.

  • Marides48

    Chris Christie???

    • Traxley Launderette

      After gastric bypass maybe.

  • saucetin


    • David Walker

      Here’s hoping he feels his boobies from time. Men get breast cancer, too.

    • Gest2016

      And this man wants to be the titular head of our nation.

      • Todd20036

        I don’t always see, but when I do, I see what you did there

      • cleos_mom

        (message removed — posted to wrong comment)

  • cleos_mom

    Last night the infotainmentmeisters touted Johnson’s nomination as YUGE. ABC nattered about how this was going to shake up the race, showing photos of Trump (standing at a podium with a flattering light behind him) and Clinton (apparently caught in a split-second change of expressions, looking vaguely like she was about to swat a fly with her tongue) and suggesting that this is going to make one or both of them nervous.

    They were unaware that (1) the Libertarians have been nominating a candidate every election cycle for some time now and (2) anyone whose attended a State Fair in the last 2 or 3 decades has seen the Libertarian Party’s booth. They’re not exactly unknown, except to the Chattering Class.

    • Gustav2

      Because they aren’t on the DC/NYC cocktail party/book signing circuit?

      • cleos_mom

        There’s a peculiar preoccupation with cocktail parties on this blog. I’d thought they were a signature staple of the 1950s.

        • Gustav2

          DC is stuck in the 1950’s way of doing things, socially anyway. That is how they try network. The problem with Congress started when members started to not bring their families to DC and started to fly home every weekend to fundraise.

    • Gustav2

      1) The press does seem to dislike the Clintons as much as the Clintons dislike the press.. Especially the press that became famous during the Reagan Years and there are more professional conservatives/religious consevatives in DC than the rest of the nation.

      2) Articles like this don’t keep eyes on cable news or get you clicks:

      “Republicans enter the general election at a hefty disadvantage: Since the 1992 campaign, 18 states have voted consistently for Democrats in presidential elections, giving their party a firm foundation of 242 electoral votes to build upon.”

      “And in the four regions likely to decide the presidency — Florida, the upper Southeast, the Rust Belt and the interior West — Mr. Trump faces daunting obstacles, according to interviews last week with elected officials, political strategists and voters.”

      “Of course, months remain before voting begins, and this political year has defied many predictions. But if Mrs. Clinton clinches the Democratic nomination as expected, she may find an electoral bulwark in these coveted swing-state voters.”


  • Mister Don

    “There’s a thong in my part. . .”

    • stuckinthewoods

      …somehow I doubt Ella Fitzgerald would have ever imagined that.

  • BobSF_94117

    Imagine for a moment a Republican Party that had not sold its soul to the ultra-rich four decades ago, dragging the rest of us through this America-destroying “conservative revolution” and what would the party ticket look like in 2016?

    former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former
    Massachusetts Gov. William Weld as its presidential ticket

    • Beagle

      An improvement over the actual 2016 Republican ticket.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    No wonder the rest of the world is on edge.

    • marshlc

      Right? The direction the US goes in makes a real difference to our lives, we have zero input or control, and this is the kind of thing we see.

      It’s kinda like being a small child with alcoholic parents….

      • prixator

        Alcoholic and abusive parents.

        • marshlc

          Well, no, you’re not always abusive….just interrmittantly. Sometimes, like those alcoholic parents, you’re really great and lovable. In a way, that’s what makes this hard. Most of the rest of the world doesn’t hate the US, in fact we love you a lot. We just wish you’d get your act together and stop thrashing around, hurting yourselves and us.

          Oh, dear, this is a little too true, and too close to home. Time for an al anon meeting…..

    • KCMC

      no edging to that visual. oh, on edge. apologies.

  • grada3784

    This will be a new low in the campaigns run this year.

    • If only.

    • Traxley Launderette

      Donald Trump accepts your challenge.

      Please stand by.

    • Todd20036

      Actually, no. It really isn’t

  • BobSF_94117

    This and Kristol’s secret candidate are how new political parties are formed out of the corpse of the GOP.

    • David L. Caster

      Much like mushrooms growing in a cow patty.

  • RainbowPhoenix


    • Friday

      Probably cause the Corporate Feudalist, I mean Libertarian Party, ain’t getting attention, as usual. 🙂

  • Bluto

    I’m not sure if this is indicative of the Libertarian Party, the State of Florida, scantily clad men with moobs or this entire insane political season.

    • Traxley Launderette


    • cleos_mom

      I’ll take #1 and #2.

  • mikeinrkfd

    Wonder how many propositions he got.

    • Traxley Launderette

      There were probably no republicans in attendance, so none.

    • Gest2016

      Probably not many, but I want to thank him for the mammories.

  • Trevor Brown

    I’ve heard of “Sloppy Bears” before but this?

  • Taleisin

    Can he breastfeed with those?

  • Sean Taylor

    Yeah, let’s take these folks seriously. Great idea!

  • Nutjobs, the whole lot of them.

    Ever tried to get specifics out of a libertarian? You can’t. They don’t have any. It’s a utopian fantasy not the least big grounded in reality. How can there be specifics about that. Over and over on their CSPAN show this weekend they chanted “Taxation is theft.” *eyeroll* Thanks but no thanks. I don’t like paying taxes either but I do like paved streets and a fire department and parks and libraries and all the other things my taxes pay for.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m also less than impressed with many of them insisting that shop owners should get to choose who they sell to (ignoring that would crap on various minorities) and insisting that it’s cool if there was no minimum wage.

      • Gary Johnson was booed for saying that he would have signed the Civil Rights Act. I don’t think most of them are racist or segregationist. I’ve heard this line from both libertarians and anarchists who really believe that segregation would have eventually ended through public pressure. It’s a fantasy. Most of the south (geographically, at least) would still have “no coloreds” signs in the windows without legislation making that illegal.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          They really seem unable to comprehend that many people will do themselves grave financial damage rather than give up on a set of belief that makes them feel good/superior even if the beliefs are based on lies.

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  • Brian in Valdosta

    Perhaps the headline should have read: SO THIS HAPPENED TODAY …

  • Kissmagrits

    Libertarianism causes gynecomastia? Who knew?

    • studd55

      There’s a name for it?

      Well besides manboobs.

      • The_Wretched

        Yes, it’s “gynecomastia”.

    • KCMC

      chronic chronic has been connected to male breast er, enhancements.

  • RealityBass

    Libertarians fetishize the free market, remember, just like Republicans. They just smoke pot while doing it.

    And their solution to climate change is that the free market will take care of it. Yeah right.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    We have become “Idiocracy.”

    • Hank

      Is it any better than the “Theocracy”, that is being forced down our teeth??/s

  • I feel much better about my body now.

  • Westcoast88

    Wow, showing those breasts in public, that takes guts. Is she transgender? What bathroom does she use?

  • studd55

    And Christians are offended by women going topless at the beach.

  • studd55

    Hypothyroid? Low-T? Potato chips?

    • William

      Little Debbie. He looks like half the men where I live.

  • Acronym Jim

    Cheers and claps soon gave way to coots…

    Didn’t he know they have a topical ointment for those things? Did the people in the front row try to avoid the rain of the nasty little critters?

    Come on, NBC. Don’t leave us hanging like that.

  • greenmanTN

    Just saying, those are some pretty big knockers!

  • Mihangel apYrs

    well that could be used in reparative therapy

  • fuzzybits

    He needed some music. https://youtu.be/x3MamvKeOvg

  • saucetin

    Omg the optics of this

  • Rick

    Look out Beyoncé! Here comes James!

  • William

    Those jugs can’t be shown on network TV.

  • JCF
  • Baby Dave

    I wonder if Debbie Wasserman Schultz will do the same

  • FancyThat

    Methinks a genuine Libertarian would have reached down ‘in there’ and removed the constraining thong FIRST, and used its elasticity to propel it into the audience, while they were still enamored with this performance. Performing the striptease in the expected order of clothing items removed seems odd and disingenuous. Also, what some are mistaking for receptive applause is actually his ‘girls’ smacking together under his shirt during the gyrations.

  • rusty57

    Oh dear.

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  • Gregory Peterson

    Gary Johnson is rather autocratic and weird. Take it from a New Mexican.

    Johnson is into extreme sports, such as the Ironman World Championship and climbing all the highest mountain peaks. So, in one way, he’s sort of the opposite of Chairman Weeks.

    In any case, appreciators of fluffy bears in thongs will love the video. Enjoy!