California gubernatorial candidate is registered sex offender
March 24, 2014
Republican candidate for the California governorship, Glenn Champ, has a criminal record that includes convictions of voluntary manslaughter and assault to commit rape. He is a registered sex offender. [Washington Post]
A jury convicted Champ of two counts of assault to commit rape in 1993 after he picked up underage prostitutes. The manslaughter conviction came six years later after an incident in which he did not realize he had struck the victim with his car.
Champ found God in prison, he said.
He also said prison gave him insight into the minds of politicians roaming the capitol building in Sacramento.
“I know what the criminal mind thinks, and I know how it works and I know how to stop it,” Champ told the Los Angeles Times.
Champ, who is running for office for the first time, is one of four Republican candidates for governor. He received a 10-minute speaking slot recently at the state Republican party convention.
“We’re not in the business of vetting candidates, and we don’t pick winners and losers,” said state party chairman Jim Brulte.