The Kerbel campaign sent out an email blast, which included a screenshot of the “power rankings” from The Washington Examiner [update: the image is not actually from the Examiner -ac] for the LP presidential nomination shown above. The rankings showed Kerbel at #2, but also included negative comments about several other candidates for the nomination, including on their personal appearance. The negative reaction from many Libertarians who have received the email, prompted Steve Kerbel to offer the following explanation and apology:
This was an error from the campaign, that I do not endorse. An e-mail was sent from the campaign which included a photo from examiner, among quite a bit of other information. I did not see this prior to mailing, and if I had, I would not have allowed it to be sent. The campaign attached this photo due to my position in the examiner power rankings. They did not see the personal insults aimed at several other candidates. I would never condone such comments, and I personally feel terrible that this was allowed to be disseminated. Not only are these other candidates working with me to further the cause of liberty, I consider several of them to be friends. This image has been removed from the e-mail queue and I have instructed my campaign to be more careful in the future, so such poor taste and destructive information is never included in our communications ever again. Part of my mission is to unite the party, and these insulting photos are most certainly not the way to do that. I can assure everyone that this will never happen again.
– Steve Kerbel