May 3, 1995 in Nation/World

Gop Cancels Liddy’s Invitation To Speak At Fund-Raising Dinner

The Washington Post

After a barrage of Democratic attack faxes, the Republican Party shot down a plan to honor G. Gordon Liddy at a fundraising dinner Tuesday night.

At 4 p.m., Monday, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee was enthusiastically defending the invitation to the controversial talkmeister. But half an hour later, those comments were declared “inoperative” as Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., the committee chairman, uninvited Liddy.

The Fairfax radio host has been at the center of controversy for repeatedly telling listeners to shoot federal firearms agents - though only in self-defense - in the head or groin. “Head shots, head shots. … Kill the sons of bitches,” he has said.

Liddy was invited in February to speak at a “Salute to Talk Radio” sponsored by the GOP committee for its “Inner Circle” members, who contribute at least $1,000 a year.

“I think it’s unseemly to celebrate someone who’s advocated taking head shots at law enforcement officials,” said George Stephanopoulos, a White House senior adviser.

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