GOP Bans Gubernatorial Candidate Johnson

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Bill Johnson of Prattville has been banned from appearing before the Republican executive committee in his home county.

The Autauga County Republican Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution saying Johnson is spreading "scurrilous charges" about Republican Gov. Bob Riley. Because of that, the committee said Johnson will not be allowed to speak to the executive committee or appear at any event it sponsors.

Johnson said the committee is trying to stop free speech and he won't be deterred.

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