Leslie Gibson Drops Out of State House Race

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ME state House of Representatives candidate Leslie Gibson's social media posts against teenage activists sparked widespread online outrage.

The Portland Press Herald reports Gibson said Friday he's walking away from the race with his "head held high".

Gonzalez, who wears a close-cropped haircut and has identified herself as bisexual, and Hogg, who recently said on CNN that numerous members of Congress are in the pocket of the NRA, raised the ire of Gibson, a U.S. Navy veteran and reported NRA life member.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez giving a speech at a gun control rally at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

. However, the state's most prominent Republican, Maine's controversial governor, Paul LePage, has yet to denounce Gibson's comments. "Who wants to run against this hate loving politician he's is running UNOPPOSED RUN AGAINST HIM I don't care what party JUST DO IT (sic)", Gibson wrote on Wednesday.

The next day, Eryn Gilchrist, a 28-year-old Democrat who also hails from Maine's 57th District, announced she would also run for the seat, according to CBS News, because she was "horrified and embarrassed" that Gibson would represent her in the legislature. However, Democrat Eryn Gilchrist entered the race after learning of Gibson's comments.

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A Republican, Thomas Martin Jr, a former state senator from Benton, Maine, also joined the race before Gibson made a decision to drop out, telling the Portland Press Herald that it is important to have a candidate who represents real Republican values.

The military veteran used Twitter to reach out to Gonzalez and acknowledged that the way he addressed her was "wrong and unacceptable".

"After those recent unfortunate comments, I couldn't sit back", Martin told the Lewiston Sun Journal on Thursday.

Scores of Twitter users erupted with angry messages condemning Gibson, who apologized to Gonzalez and closed his personal and campaign accounts to public viewing.

Gilchrist told The Sun-Journal that she had never meant to run for office, but she was so "horrified and embarrassed" by the prospect of Gibson representing her that she chose to enter the race. He tweeted that he understood how important her work is to her. Gibson then offered his hand in "friendship and understanding". "I would like to extend to you my most honest apology for how I addressed you".

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