I have decided to withdraw from the mayoral campaign this morning the 13th because of today’s obvious bigotry, stupidity, and double standard of truth as exemplified by the San Diego Labor Council’s staff.

I was given an invitation to their event at your exciting Politifest on the 17th of September. After calling for weeks to verify speaking time limits, President Lorena Gonzalez’s rude employees today said I was not invited as a candidate, although I am registered with the city and Sacramento. I believe The San Diego Labor Council is pandering to the “Big 4 Spenders,” lying about who all the candidates are, concealing 10 or more legal candidates, and refusing to invite all legal candidates. Where are the Ethics Commissions now, I challenge you?

The San Diego Labor Council apparently believes in misleading the public, concealing legal candidates, withdrawing invitations, and lying to people about the election. That sucks. There are in fact 14 legal candidates — well, 13 now — and lying about them is bigotry. Look up the DEFINITION OF BIGOT: “a person who is prejudiced in [his or her] views and intolerant of the opinions of others.”

When Roger Hedgecock assaulted me in 2000, I made a citizen’s arrest and then left politics since it was hazardous to my health. I have been injured for over 35 years through eight traffic accidents, but offered to run again because no one else spoke out to defend legal medical marijuana patients.

My own health problems are becoming unbearable and though it was difficult to stand up and campaign, I gave you my best effort. Since I do not wish to endure any further bigotry from intolerant others intent upon lying to the public or concealing the rainbow of legal candidates for their own profit and pleasure — nor do I wish to endanger my laminectomy and increase my pain — I have chosen to withdraw today.

I have a career as an entertainer, an apartment to run, and more troop shows to donate for our brave American service men and women. I am honored to drive the world’s only Star Trike. I still roll with the Patriot Guard Riders to show respect for our troops. I’m going riding now to get the stench of the San Diego Labor Council off my clothing. I’ll see the rest of ya on the road, in parades, on stage, and in the wind — whenever freedom may still be found in America.

Loch David Crane is a magician and retired teacher, and a former candidate for mayor of the city of San Diego.

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