Democrat Raul Ruiz was also arrested at a similar rally in support of the cop killers.
Officials with Rep. Mary Bono Mack’s campaign, at a press conference Thursday, released an audiotape in which her Democratic opponent, Raul Ruiz, can be heard reading a letter of support for Leonard Peltier, a Native American convicted in 1977 of murdering two FBI agents on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.
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The tape is purportedly from an anti-Thanksgiving rally in 1999, two years after a similar rally highlighted last week by Bono Mack’s campaign at which Ruiz, then a Harvard University medical student, was arrested. Ruiz pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and tumultuous behavior in the 1997 incident, and the charges were later dropped.
Bono Mack political director Marc Troast and campaign spokesman Jim Specht said they had obtained the audio Thursday from a source on the Internet they did not immediately identify.