Republican Once Again Puts Foot In Mouth With Minorities

They can't help themselves sometimes.

They can’t help themselves sometimes.

And Republicans still wonder why they have such a hard time attracting minorities to their party:

ABC News’ Jeff Zeleny reports:

A former Miss America winner who is now a GOP candidate for Congress was called a string of profane names today, including “street walker,” “love child” and “Miss Queen. ” Her attacker? A local Republican Party chairman in central Illinois.

Erika Harold, the 2003 winner of the Miss America contest, announced two weeks ago that she was running from Illinois’ 13th District. Her decision to challenge Rep. Rodney Davis in the Republican primary has divided some local party members and prompted the name-calling. A full account of the episode first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Harold, a 33-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, is black. The criticism against her – from Jim Allen, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party – carried strong racist overtones.

He launched his criticism in a letter today to Republican News Watch, a local conservative news site. He derided her Miss America platform of advocating for abstinence and against school bullying.

“The little queen touts her abstinence, and she won the crown because she got bullied in school – boohoo, kids are cruel, life sucks and you move on,” Allen wrote. “Now, Miss Queen is being used like a street walker, and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS.”

He went on to call her “the love child of the DNC.”

The editor of Republican News Watch, Doug Ibendahl, said the comments were “outrageous” and underscored “why we as Republicans fail to gain any respect from minority voters.

“If officials in my party fail to understand how destructive it is to attack an impressive person like Erika Harold merely because she dares to challenge the good old boys, the GOP will remain a losing party for decades,” Ibendahl wrote. “This stay-in-the-back-of-the-bus mentality destroys any hope the Republican Party has for regaining momentum in future elections.”

Allen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Davis, 43, was elected to Congress last fall by a slim margin. His district runs across central Illinois, from Champaign to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.


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12 thoughts on “Republican Once Again Puts Foot In Mouth With Minorities

  1. jennynilsson says:

    stupidity keeps surprising, but at least some people reflect upon the stupidity and brings it up in daylight… I just had a crazy comment on my blog post where I critiziced human rights abuses (mosty towards Asians) in Kuwait, by a woman who claimed some of the Asians deserved it. Sometimes I wonder if I should stop blogging so I won’t have to be so fucking angry sometimes. But then I come to for example this blog and things feels better again.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      No people like you and me and some others out there have to keep writing and posting. If only because we tick off those idiots. But mainly because we need each other to help remind each other we are not alone in what we see. Keep doing what you do.

  2. I don’t think Republicans like Jim Allen really wonder.

  3. ericjbaker says:

    Maybe he can run on a ticket with Paula Deen.

  4. I had so much to say, but in a rare occasion…I am speechless.

  5. Jim Allen Apologizes To Erika Harold, GOP Congressional Candidate, For Loaded Email

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