Updated: GOP official apologizes for anti-Harold rant

Updated: GOP official apologizes for anti-Harold rant

Others in party decry email sent to news site calling candidate 'love child of DNC'

A Republican Party official from a rural county in the 13th Congressional District apologized Wednesday for racist remarks he wrote about GOP congressional candidate Erika Harold of Urbana.

"The words in the commentary I wrote were completely wrong," said Jim Allen, the Republican Party chairman in Montgomery County. "I apologize to Erika Harold, her staff and her supporters."

With that, Allen hung up.

Until Wednesday, he had been listed as a member of "Team 2014" on U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' campaign website, but his name was removed sometime during the day.

Davis is the first-term Republican congressman from Taylorville in the district that runs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis on the southwest. He was named the party's congressional nominee last year after U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, withdrew from the race. Party chairmen, including Allen, chose Davis over a number of other applicants, including Harold.

In an email that Allen sent late Tuesday night to Doug Ibendahl, editor of the Republican News Watch website, he wrote that Davis would win the primary election next March and called Harold "the love child of the D.N.C." (Democratic National Committee).

He predicted that after the primary she would return to Chicago, "working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires."

Harold, who lives in Urbana and works at the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign, is biracial. Her mother is African-American, and her father is white.

The email rant, which was in response to a complimentary story Ibendahl wrote on his website, continued:

"The truth is Nancy Pelosi and the DEMOCRAT party want this seat. So they called RINO Timmy Johnson to be their pack mule and get little queen to run.

"Ann Callis gets a free ride through a primary and Rodney Davis has a battle." [sic]

Callis, a former Madison County judge, is seeking the Democratic nomination in the highly competitive district.

In another section of his email, Allen wrote of Harold, who was a Miss America in 2003 and campaigned on a platform opposed to bullying and in support of sexual abstinence, "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.

"Now, miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANSThese pimps want something they can't get,,, the seat held by a conservative REPUBLICAN Rodney Davis and Nancy Pelosi can't stand it." [sic]

Harold issued a statement late Wednesday night: "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." 

Last month, Allen told State Journal-Register political columnist Bernard Schoenburg that he supported Davis and that he hoped the 33-year-old Harold would run for another office.

"Why start a war when there's really no war necessary?" Allen said.

Both a spokesman for Davis and the chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party quickly denounced Allen's remarks.

"Mr. Allen's comments are misguided and wrong and certainly do not reflect the views of Congressman Davis or his campaign. Our hope is that supporters for all of the candidates conduct themselves in a positive manner and focus on the issues facing our country as the campaign moves forward," said Andrew Flach, a spokesman for the Republican congressman.

Habeeb Habeeb, the Lebanese-born chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party, also criticized the comments.

"If he did say it, I am shocked, I'm horrified," said Habeeb. "I can't even give you words that are printable to describe my reaction to it. This does not represent any of my feelings or any of the people that I know or the Republican Party that I know."

Habeeb said that "both Rodney and Erika are good people, and we have a primary, and let the primary happen, and let us be honorable human beings without saying these kinds of things. We don't even call our enemies that. There is no reason for him to have said that. I denounce it in the strongest terms."

Ibendahl said he had never met Allen.

"When I first saw the email, it didn't even occur to me that a party official could be so stupid. I'm on record, promising that I will publicly call out people who will do this garbage," said Ibendahl, who was an attorney for the Illinois Republican Party in the 1990s. "So he sends that to the editor of a news site? Of course I'm going to publish it."

Ibendahl called Allen's remarks "part of bully culture.

"Most Republicans are good people, but we've got some bullies out there. It's not right.

"How many good people have we seen just crucified? Erika Harold, I don't think this is her first rodeo. Miss America, I'm guessing, is not the lovey-dovey, all-clean pageant that we might imagine. I imagine it's pretty cutthroat, actually."

Ibendahl admitted that he favors Harold over Davis in the 13th Congressional District race.

"I have never met Erika Harold. I've never even talked to her on the phone," he said. "I think she's the real deal."

He called Davis "a nice guy, I guess. But most snake oil salesmen are. I wasn't a fan when he was executive director (of the Illinois Republican Party) under Pat Brady. I think he's a hack. Putting all that aside, I don't think he's a very good candidate. I don't think he deserves it."

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on June 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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He might be the only person who believes Davis is more conservative than Harold. 

chambana visionary wrote on June 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

This is over the line, Davis should announce he isn't running for re-election immediatley and seriously consider resigning from Congress.

spangwurfelt wrote on June 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

... said exactly no one.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am
spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

Having trouble following the discussion, are you? Anything in there about Davis pulling from the race and resigning from Congress?

Why, no. And why not? Because 45solte is doing what the GOP does whenever confronted with realities it doesn't like: it invents new "facts" out of whole cloth and tries to pass them off for the truth.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Yes, indeed. I did make a mistake. Davis should step down too if this is not some rogue person in his inner circle.

johnny wrote on June 23, 2013 at 6:06 am

Knock it off, Joan.

wayward wrote on June 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm
rsp wrote on June 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

He misspelled Chicago in that email. I don't think he should use the computer any more. Too many people will know what he really thinks. Makes me wonder about Rodney Davis and the fact that he works for him.

wayward wrote on June 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Well, Mr. Allen is chair of Montgomery County GOP, and was up until today listed as a member of Team Davis.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:www.electrodney.com...

Needless to say, Davis's web team was very quick about editing his name out.

kyedpa5 wrote on June 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

That wasn't a misspelling of "Chicago."  He substituted a swear word that refers to fecal matter. 

spangwurfelt wrote on June 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Ah, Republicans. Isn't it good when they tell you what they *really* think, and not just what they say when talking to reporters?

Ringo wrote on June 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

This is appalling and shows the true colors of these jokers. They don't represent the Republican Party I know. To call Allen's comments "misguided" is the understatement of the year and betrays the Davis camp's real attitudes. If anybody was on the fence about Harold's candidacy before, this little episode should push them in with both feet.

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Just for the record: it wasn't me.

But, sadly, he is the face and voice of the GOP these days. The Tea Party has taken over and their views and policies aren't pretty.

This is the result of Southern Strategy. It's worked out for Republicans for forty years but now and, and for the foreseeable future, it's coming back to bite them where it really really hurts.

Chickens coming home to something or other.

Spence wrote on June 24, 2013 at 11:06 am
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It was the southern Democrats that enacted Jim Crow laws. So what's your point

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

My point is that, as you're quite aware, those racist southern Democrats -- the so-called Dixiecrats -- became Republicans. That's why Reagan launched his presidential campaign in 1980 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the place where Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner were murdered by the KKK for registering black voters.

That's why southern whites are the party's main base and why it very well might become a regional rump party.

I await your response. Please proceed.

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I bet he really loves Paula Deen:

Last month, Food Network chef Paula Deen gave a videotaped deposition as part of a discrimination suit she’s facing in which she discussed her desire to have a “very southern style wedding” for her brother modeled after a restaurant where the “whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men” clad in white jackets and black bow ties, according to a transcript of the deposition filed in federal court in Georgia. Deen also admitted to having used the N word and discussed the ways the word could be “not said in a mean way.”

I bet he's a birther, too.

Joe American wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Paula Deen is a Democrat, but when has the truth ever stopped Marc....errrr, I mean Mark Taylor from spouting off.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/celebrities-political-...

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I was referring to her racism, not her party. But when has reality ever stopped Joe REAL AMERICAN?

Joe American wrote on June 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Looking at your posts......sure you did.

Nice try dancing your way out of that one.

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Your mind reading skills appear to be as faulty as your logic.

I bet he really loves Paula Deen:

...

I bet he's a birther, too.

So, exactly where in that comment are you seeing me claim that Deen is a Republican?

Spence wrote on June 24, 2013 at 11:06 am
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Geez, why don't you try to stay on topic

GOP Dance Party wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Alright you got us on one. He got thrown under the bus by pretty much the entire GOP. So let's keep score:

One GOP county chair goes racist, he is run out of town. 

One Dem politician gets a DUI, you try to give authority over the justice system that arrests him and give him a high paying job at the illinois Emergency Management Agency (presumably to help respond to emergencies caused by people getting DUIs). 

You have a guy who likes harassing and stalking his ex girlfriend and other critics. He's talking about running for Congress. 

You have another female local official who has created such a toxic encironment by her bullying most of her finance department quit. 

You have another elected official that likes abusing his neighbors dogs. 

In short, when Republicans get exposed for being bad, we run them out of town. Democrats keep and often promote their trash. 

wayward wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

You have a guy who likes harassing and stalking his ex girlfriend and other critics. He's talking about running for Congress. 

Dude, Gerard's pretty openly playing both sides since Champaign city government is "nonpartisan."  He's shown up to both Dem and GOP events.

GOP Dance Party wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Was there a Young Dem happy hour recently?

 

spangwurfelt wrote on June 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Making an ill-advised sharp right turn and then crashing hard against reality? Is the license plate by any chance "GOP 2012"?

kyedpa5 wrote on June 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

BRAVO!

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

You see bumper stickers on the crashed van? I'm impressed, given that there are none on the front bumper. You either have X-ray vision so finely tuned it even works with internet gifs from security cameras, or else you recognize that your guy Allen stepped in it so thoroughly that you'd rather change the subject in any inane direction you can using whatever bait you can fling.

So, back to the subject.

So tell us, should Allen step down? Give us your opinion.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I guess you missed my reply to you above:


Except Davis: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-06-20/davis-calls-gop-official-resign.html


As it should be.


 


 

Political Observer wrote on June 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Perhaps the driver of the crashed van was Mr. GOP Dance Party...trying to crash the Young Dem Happy Hour?

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Do you really want to get into a discussion about what's been getting Gopers in the news recently (here are just a few item: claiming that rape doesn't really cause pregnancy (yes, this again), claiming that male fetuses "pleasure" themselves to justify banning abortion, arguing that we need to abolish the IRS, and arguing that elementary schools should teach "gender roles")?

rsp wrote on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

That's "real rape", Mark. 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Ya, the Republican party officially believe that upwards of 90% of rape allegations are just lies cos that's what chicks do.

Joe American wrote on June 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

That's the official stance of the Republican Party?  Really?  Please post your source for that for all of us to read.

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

What's the latest, up-to-the-minute tally of Republican officials making distinctions between "legitimate" rape and all those times when the women are just making false accusations.

Your most recent VP candidate has fought very hard to make a similar distinction by introducing the concept of "forcible rape" in apparent distinction to all those times the women willingly participate in their own rape.

Every day it seems someone in the Republican party repeats these absurd and misogynistic statements.

Joe American wrote on June 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Yeah, as I thought.  No source.  No stats.  Trolling at it's purest form for nothing more than evoking a response.

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I alluded quite clearly to the statements on rape and pregnancy by Aiken, Mourdok, and Flake. I also explicitly mentioned Paul Ryan's push to differentiate "forcible rape" from the kind of rape where he apparently believes the victims are willing participants.

In your response, you ignore these examples but claim that I don't refer to sources. And then you complain that I'm trolling.

Given their statements and legislation at the state and federal levels, it's clear that Republicans refuse to believe victims of sexual assault who report the crime.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

Can you come up with some more stuff? A whole lot more is needed  to distract from all that stupid Orwellian-like conspiracy theory stuff wingnuts are always dreaming up, or something.

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

What are you talking about?

kyedpa5 wrote on June 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Last time I checked, Democrat Anthony Weiner was ran out of office for sending inappropriate pictures to women that didn't even show nudity while he was married.  While good ol' GOP US Senator David Vitter, who campaigned on his family values, got caught frequenting prostitutes in DC and he's still in office.  Don't make this about party.  Some politicians get away with it, some don't.  

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

"One GOP county chair goes racist, he is run out of town."

Really? He's still there, still head of the county GOP.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

Not for long.

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

Why do you think he's going to lose his position? Did he say anything that rank and file GOPers disagree with?

In particular, do *you* disagree with it?

wayward wrote on June 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

If he'd just spouted that garbage at GOP events in Montgomery County, he probably wouldn't be going anywhere.  But since he was dumb enough to email it to a blogger supporting Harold, there have been a number of calls for him to step down.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

What do rank and file GOPers believe? You seem to think you know. Do share, please, where you get this knowledge you have of GOPers. You are a useful...part of the repeat-it process when it comes to the liberal spreading of (often hateful) opinion like it's fact.  But, repeating it doesn't make it so. Read a little Sowell or something. I denounce the comments made by Allen.

kyedpa5 wrote on June 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Am I alone in saying that this fool just won Harold the nomination?  That poll they put out that had her trailing far behind Davis also showed that over 60% of voters had never heard of Harold.  Well already several national publications have articles out on this story and cable news may pick it up to show how the GOP is struggling with women and minorities.  Those 60% of republican in the 13th district are about to find out who she is and it will be accompanied by nearly every elected GOP official in the district complimenting her character as they denounce the comments.  This is a "Macaca moment."

jdmac44 wrote on June 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Davis didn't have anything to do with the email insults.

Nice Davis wrote on June 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

It was nice how the News Gazette told us where every character in this story was born. Really added a lot of color to the narrative.

What's that you say? They only felt compelled to mention the birthplace of the guy with the foreign sounding name? Hmmmmm...wonder why it was limited to him. I guess we can't have any of our dear readers thinking that a guy named Habeeb is a real American! Thanks, fellow patriots at the N-G!

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm
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Just an honest mistake, I'm sure.  There is nothing wrong with his name.  In fact, his name is so nice, they gave it to him twice.

tsk tsk wrote on June 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

It is unfortunate that in the 21st century we have so-called leaders on both sides of the political spectrum that get sheer delight in spewing out verbal venom such as Jim Allen's rant. This is shameful. What happened to the America where we could agree to disagree and show civility? Why have we allowed ourselves to accept adolescent antics and tirades from these so-called leaders? I always believed that conservatism was based on CONSERVING the ideals of what the Constitution establishes. Jim Allen has demonstrated through his shameless self-promotion that he does not believe in the Constitution nor does he believe in this country. He only believes in what is good for himself.  I applaud Congressman Davis for severing his ties with Allen. The half-hearted apology from Allen however is not enough. If he is the man he claims to be he should do two things, resign his position as Montgomery GOP chairman, then apologize to Erika Harold face to face. Neither will probably happen because he is how he is.. The Montgomery GOP deserves better then Jim Allen.


Good luck to the candidates with their campaigns..

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

It is unfortunate that in the 21st century we have so-called leaders on both sides of the political spectrum that get sheer delight in spewing out verbal venom such as Jim Allen's rant.

Uh, who on the left has said anything remotely like this?

kyedpa5 wrote on June 20, 2013 at 1:06 am

Very recently the South Carolina Democratic Party chairman said that Indian-American GOP Governor Nikki Haley should "go back to where she came from."  So, yeah. A Democrat recently said that.  

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

That is actually true. One Democratic state official said that. But do you seriously want to add up all the racist and anti women statements coming from Republicans lately and then try to find an equal number of similar statements made by Dems?

We can play that game but we all know how that will turn out.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

The remarks about Sarah Palin are too numerous to link.


Here's a good racist one from Joe Biden: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/biden_obama_clean_articulate_bright_african-american/

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

"The remarks about Sarah Palin are too numerous to link."

And those are just the ones from Republicans thrilled that they no longer have to pretend they think she's actually ready for any form of political leadership.

kyedpa5 wrote on June 20, 2013 at 1:06 am

They listed Habeeb Habeeb's birthplace because it shows that he is a minority and that his strong denouncement of this racism came from a very personal place.  

wayward wrote on June 20, 2013 at 6:06 am

Maybe so, though my initial take was that he was just generally appalled by Jim Allen.  Habeeb's a bright guy who comes across well, and I imagine that someone like Allen serving as chair of any county GOP would bother Habeeb a lot.

jeffh wrote on June 20, 2013 at 6:06 am

I agree that Harold is the real deal, and it looks like this idiot generated a lot of support for her.

If good comes from stupidity that's great but he's still an idiot and shouldn't be in a leadership position in the party if his judgment is that poor.

jms wrote on June 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

Step out of the role Allen ascribes to you, and out roll the sexist and racist slurs. Sounds like he was drunk when he sent that.

BobShair wrote on June 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

So he apologizes for saying what he really thinks.  How embarassing!

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

Say, GOP, how is that national effort to rebrand yourself as not-racially-intolerant, not-small-minded, not-fossilized, not-sexist, not-a-good-old-white-boy's-club going?

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

You're correct. The GOP is far too liberal leaning these days.

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

Dear GOP: please follow this man's advice. Go even farther off the right rail and into the land of Glennbeckistan and Limbaughberg. Every Democrat in the country will thank you for the act of self-immolatory delusion.

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

So, trying to make baby steps towards positions that more "not-racially-intolerant, not-small-minded, not-fossilized, not-sexist, not-a-good-old-white-boy's-club" is being "too liberal leaning"?

You're agreeing that the right wing Republican brand and platform is racially intolerant, small-minded, fossilized, sexist, and a good old white boy's club?

I mean, many of the rest of us have seen this for quite a while now. But it's always good to see another person come to terms with it as well.

45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

The remarks made about Sarah Palin are too many to link.


Here's a good racist one from Joe Biden:


http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/biden_obama_clean_articulate_bright_african-american/


 


 

wayward wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

Hey, look on the bright side -- Jim Allen may not be the most embarrassing GOP chair ever.

Elected to head GOP in St. Tammany Parish (LA) in 1997:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Duke

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

GOP is in da 'hood!

vcponsardin wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

I'm afraid that Allen's racist comments and his hollow apology are just the tip of the iceberg.  What the GOP in central Illinois really needs to be concerned about is just when the full extent of their institutionalized racism will surface for all to see.  They can tamp down occasional outbursts by clowns like Allen, but the overwhleming taint of racism that permiates all levels of the GOP in this part of the country will soon become too much to suppress by the occasional reprimand or firing of the more obvious bigots.

wayward wrote on June 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Reposting link to excellent blog post on that topic: http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/06/20/outreach/

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

The whole Republican versus Democrat is a joke.  Both parties are corrupt.  Pandering to special interests for lobby money has become standardized.  Citizens wrap themselves in their political team colors while they are fleeced by both the GOP, and Democratic parties.  The country has become polarized by both parties to such a point that the citizens only cheer for the least corrupt party favorites.  Fortunately; more, and more citizens are seeing the results of professional politicians being bought. 

It is coming.  Hard times will bring it on faster.  Hope for a better life will diminish as each year passes.  Once it starts, it will not be stopped.  A through cleansing will result; and hope for a better life for one's children will return.   

Nice Davis wrote on June 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

"It is coming.  Hard times will bring it on faster.  Hope for a better life will diminish as each year passes.  Once it starts, it will not be stopped.  A through cleansing will result; and hope for a better life for one's children will return."

Are you alluding to a revolution, a collapse, the rise of a multiparty system, or some other equally fanciful notion?

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Nothing "fanciful".  A multiparty system would help; but it is unlikely with the two sham parties running things.  A collapse seems likely with the current system engaging in gridlock while they line their pockets.  The increasing polarization, and frustration of the citizenery will lead eventually to political change.   

Do you think that the increasing working poor, and poor hold any hope for a better life?  It is just a matter of time before some minor incident ignites political change.  Thesis versus anthesis results in synthesis.  A change is needed.  You know that as well as I do.  Are you so resigned to the status quo that you feel change is a "fanciful notion"?

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm
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Skepticity wrote on June 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

When I read the story I thought that the letter was childish, mean spirited, and inappropriate, and that there would surely be consequences for the writer.  I thought that it showed that this is a sad time in America, when politicians persist in sinking to such levels.  We have had plenty of time to overcome such attitudes.  There is too much hate, and too much willingness to use any means to discredit those with whom we disagree. 

When I read all the above comments on the story I was reminded again of the venomous state of politics today.  I guess I have remained a closet idealist and held on to hope that the good nature of people can prevail despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. It is OK to civilly disagree, but total warfare in politics is the end of politics and the beginning of war.

The majority of the comments on this story don't even address the issues in the story.  They just continue the  negativity on both sides with increasingly polarized attacks linking party identity with this situation. 

Neither party is blameless.  Both have racists and idiots, both have power hungry individuals drunk on their own importance. 

I wish that there could be debate of issues rather than escalating namecalling. 

I am sick of trolls dominating these exchanges. 

The kind of negativity displayed in the comments on the story resonates with the letter that is the basis of the story, because they display the same kind of rabid bigotry. 

This country is more widely divided than any time with the exception of the civil war. 

 

 

Spence wrote on June 24, 2013 at 11:06 am
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Erika harold is a RINO... she is not a conservative. Don't be fooled