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A registered sex offender wants to be the next Republican governor of California


California Republicans were recently introduced to four of their candidates for governor: a current assemblyman, a former U.S. Treasury official, the mayor of Laguna Hills, and a registered sex offender. The Los Angeles Times reports that during the state party's semi-annual convention, 48-year-old Glenn Champ gave a 10-minute speech introducing himself to hundreds of attendees, but he left out one key detail: He was found guilty of two of counts of assault with intent to commit rape in 1993, which landed the Fresno County resident on the state's list of sex offenders. There's more: In 1998, he pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge, and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Since it takes one to know one, Champ now says he's ready to go up against "the criminals" in Sacramento. "I know what the criminal mind thinks, and I know how it works, and I know how to stop it," he told the Los Angeles Times after a radio station revealed his colorful rap sheet. "That's something [other politicians] don't get."