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Illinois GOP official resigns after racist, sexist screed against Republican candidate

THU JUN 20, 2013

A county Republican Party chairman in central Illinois called a black female congressional candidate the “love child” of the Democratic party; a “street walker” whose “pimps” are party leaders; and suggested that after the election, she will be “working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires.” And it's a Republican candidate he's talking about.

In specific, he was talking about former Miss America and Harvard-educated lawyer Erika Harold, who is a Republican but not, apparently, a true enough Republican to challenge current Rep. Rodney Davis. Montgomery County Chair Jim Allen fired off an email in response to a mere website column in support of Harold:

“Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in S---cago [Expletive deleted] by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires,” Allen wrote in the email. “ . . . Miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS.”

Yowza. And this, my Republican friends, is why many people consider the Republican Party to be a barrel of the thickest racist, sexist sludge that can be dredged from the countryside. The only proper party response to this is "oh, you are so damn fired," but the only way the Republican Party will ever gain the wider support of any group of Americans that are not lily-white males is to go for some modest stretch of time without these things happening. There's no damn way that this was the first racist or sexist utterance this guy ever said; you don't fire off an email like that unless you've said things like that before, and unless it's something that, in at least some contexts, you have found it acceptable to say. This County chair clearly runs in a crowd that says, well, things like that.

Allen resigned earlier today. That doesn't, however, answer the larger question of why people like this keep getting into positions of party power in the first place. Every group of people is bound to have some racist crackpots in it, that's just a sad corollary of often-depressing human nature. What the Republican Party needs to do is stop putting them in charge of things. That requires action not just by the higher-ups of the party but by the base itself, and there's nothing in the current incarnations of the base that suggests they're tired of their racist crackpots. This stuff is endemic.

by Anonymousreply 1106/21/2013

Wow. I more amazed that he was stupid enough to put that in an email than I am that he's a racist.

by Anonymousreply 106/21/2013

Is he friends with Paula Deen?

by Anonymousreply 206/21/2013

Another example of just how successful the GOP rebranding has been.

by Anonymousreply 306/21/2013

W&W for R3

by Anonymousreply 506/21/2013

Typical southerner.

by Anonymousreply 606/21/2013

She really is a fool for staying with these people knowing full-well that no matter how accomplished she is, she'll always be just a "nigger" to them - even amongst the ones who are not as dumb as this piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 706/21/2013

Unless she is running as an avowed progressive, in which case he is right to trash her and hopefully she will win. But she is probably a crazed social climber.

by Anonymousreply 806/21/2013

[quote]Typical southerner.

The typical southerner from Illinois?

by Anonymousreply 906/21/2013

[quote]The typical southerner from Illinois

I think 'southerner' is what the city slickers call the people who live downstate.

by Anonymousreply 1006/21/2013

Well, he doesn't hold back.

by Anonymousreply 1106/21/2013
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