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N.C. GOP congressional candidate on oil spill: 'Maybe they wanted it to leak'

By Emily Kotecki
A GOP candidate for the House in North Carolina said during a news conference that "there was some sort of collusion" between BP and the government that allowed the Gulf Coast oil spill to happen.

William 'Bill' Randall III is competing June 22 in a Republican primary run-off in the 13th district against Ralph 'Bernie' Reeves III.

In the video from News14Carolina, Randall asserts that the government let BP get away with breaking offshore drilling regulations, which then led to the oil spill fiasco.

"I don't know how or why, but in that situation, if you have someone from a company proposing to violate the safety process and the government signing off on it, excuse me, maybe they wanted it to leak."

Randall acknowledges that his theory is "purely speculative and not based on any fact," but insists that there might be a "cover up going on."

The News and Observer reports:

Pressed on what possible motivation the federal government and BP would have to purposely spill oil, Randall said he had no idea but reiterated that the issue needed to be the subject of investigation.

The News and Observer reports that Randall is a "U.S. Navy retiree who moved to North Carolina 19 months ago."

He has been endorsed by Tea Party PAC and accused of plagiarism by Reeves. Randall beat Reeves by 135 votes in the May 4 primary. Whoever wins will run against Rep. Brad Miller (D).

By  |  June 16, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
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