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Former Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Gatewood Galbraith Died Today

From the Louisville Courier-Journal:

Gatewood Galbraith, a perennial candidate for public office who advocated the legalization of marijuana and was one of the most colorful characters on Kentucky’s political landscape for three decades, died at his home in Lexington, the Fayette County coroner’s office said Wednesday. He was 64.

The cause of death was listed as complications from chronic emphysema.

Family members found Galbraith unresponsive in his bed Wednesday morning, the coroner’s office said in a statement.

“He had been sick for several days with congestion in his lungs (and) … had been suffering from cold-like symptoms which had been complicated by chronic asthma and emphysema,” the statement said.

Gatewood Galbraith ran for Governor of Kentucky five times: as a Democrat in 1991, 1995, and 2007, as a Reform Party candidate in 1999, and as an independent in 2011.  He earned 15% of the vote in his 1999 bid and 9% in 2011.


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  1. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman January 5, 2012

    Gatewood Galbraith was a long-time advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Ending marijuana prohibition was a prime issue in his several campaigns for Governor and Attorney-General.

    After several unsuccessful runs in Democrat primaries, Gatewood became involved in the Reform Party. He gave the keynote address at the Reform Party convention in 2000 that nominated Pat Buchanan for President.

    In 2000 the Reform Party only ran a few candidates. Gatewood received 12% on the Reform Party ticket running for Congress – the strongest showing for the Reform Party that year.

    Gatewood Galbraith wrote about his involvement in the Reform Party in his book “The Last Free Man in America.” He reprints his keynote address, which was a powerful call to resist the New World Order.

    His passing is a loss for liberty and dissent. He will be missed.

  2. January 4, 2012

    smoker ???????????

    very polite, responsive on the phone, early century, viz a viz the Reform Party print monthly

  3. paulie paulie January 4, 2012

    Sorry to hear of this.

    I met Gatewood while he was petitioning for himself and I was petitioning for Moellman in Lexington this past summer. He seemed like a good guy, although we didn’t talk long.

    I may have met him other times, not sure.

    I believe I talked to him on the phone at least one other time.

    He fought against prohibitionism and duopoly, two causes I share.

    We need more like him.

  4. HumbleTravis HumbleTravis January 4, 2012

    In my opinion, his 2000 campaign for Congress was one of the most memorable runs on the Reform Party ticket.

    R.I.P. Gatewood

  5. Gatewood was a gentleman, and fine lawyer. Sharp as a tack. The Green Party of Kentucky worked with Gatewood on his last race.

    His passing is a great loss to us. A noble man.

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