It’s not as if the GOP wields much influence in Illinois, and judging by this clown’s comments, it’s not hard to see why. Here we have a fantastic young black GOP candidate, a former Miss America no less, and this is how some in the party treat her.
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.
Montgomery County GOP Chairman Jim Allen wrote the comments in an email to a Republican website, regarding Erika Harold. She is the former Miss America and Harvard Law grad who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 13th Congressional District, which stretches from Champaign to the Metro East.
The episode is an illustration of the unusual state of the GOP in Illinois, where the party tends to fight with itself more than it does with the ruling Democrats.
Allen’s nuttery was in response to an item at the site profiling Harold as a breath of fresh air for the party. Obviously they need it.
“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.”
The operator of the website, Chicago attorney and former state GOP General Counsel Doug Ibendahl, ran Allen’s letter on the site, along with a note excoriating him for it.
“To understand why the Illinois Republican Party keeps losing elections – look no further than the racist rant (copied below) from a GOP party official,” wrote Ibendahl. He calls the letter “trash” and identifies Allen as “a member of Rodney Davis’ Team 2014.”
Allen had been named among a long list of supporters on a Davis campaign website until today. His name was removed from the list after the Post-Dispatch questioned Davis’ office about the comments.
Davis, to his credit, has called for Allen’s resignation, and Harold issued a statement:
“The views expressed within Chairman Allen’s email have no place within public discourse. These comments, however, only strengthen my resolve to run a positive campaign and reject personal attacks.”
Good for her. She most assuredly will come under vile attacks from Democrats if she wins the primary (see Love, Mia). No need for those in her own party to do the dirty work for them.