GOP official steps down over Harold comments

WASHINGTON — Jim Allen, the chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, resigned today after party leaders called on him to step down for offensive remarks he made about 13th Congressional District candidate Erika Harold of Urbana.

"Today, I accepted the resignation of Jim Allen as Montgomery County chairman," said Illinois Republican Party chairman Jack Dorgan. "These types of offensive and inappropriate remarks have no place in our Republican Party."

The announcement came after GOP officials, from the head of the Republican National Committee to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis to area county chairmen, called on Allen to quit his post.

“The astonishingly offensive views expressed by Chairman Allen have absolutely no place among the leaders of our party at any level. His behavior is inexcusable and must not be tolerated. He should apologize to Erika Harold and resign immediately," said Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Earlier Thursday, Davis called on Allen to step down. Less than 24 hours before Allen had been listed on Davis’ campaign website as a member of “Team 2014,” individuals who support the Taylorville Republican for re-election next year.

But that was before an email surfaced in which Allen referred to Harold, who is challenging Davis in the Republican primary election next year, as a “love child” of the Democratic National Committee, and said that she would be defeated and would move back to Chicago “working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires.”

Harold, who is biracial, recently moved back to Champaign-Urbana to take a position with the Champaign law firm Meyer Capel and to run against Davis in the 13th Congressional District. The University of Illinois and Harvard Law School graduate also is a former Miss America.

Davis said Thursday that he had not had a chance to talk to Allen, but called the remarks “incredibly dumb” and “very disappointing.”

He said the comments “offended me as a father.”

Allen has worked for the Illinois secretary of state’s office since 1985 and is listed as a storekeeper. He made almost $52,000 in calendar year 2012.

“The secretary finds it despicable what he said,” said Dave Drucker, a spokesman for Secreary of State Jesse White, a Democrat.

Allen has since apologized for the remarks.

The original comments were contained in an email he sent to Doug Ibendahl, a Chicago attorney who publishes a political website called Republican New Watch (http://republicannewswatch.com/wp/).

Habeeb Habeeb, the Republican Party chairman in Champaign County, Wednesday called on Allen to resign.

“Jim Allen needs to repent and get on his knees and ask forgiveness from the Lord Almighty, immediately resign his post, call Erika Harold and apologize, and issue a public apology to all the citizens of the 13th Congressional District and the whole nation,” Habeeb wrote.

John Parrott, chair of the McLean County Republican Party, this morning joined Davis and Habeeb in calling for Allen's resignation.

"Jim needs to step down. Those remarks were over the top," said Parrott. "I don't know how the people in that county can ever look up to him for leadership anymore."


 

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GOP Dance Party wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

Now that this problem has been dealt with, when will someone deal with this one?

 

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

What's the next GOP distraction going to be, cat videos? I mean, I can sure understand why you want to change the subject so badly, but still, couldn't be maybe a little tiny bit less desperate in your attempt?

So, back to topic. Tell us, do you think Allen should resign?

Yes or no? 

(Note: not "yes, no, or cat video".)

WOW wrote on June 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

What's this video of? Why the MTD needs more buses?

chambana visionary wrote on June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

This is all a nice distraction, but in the end, the only one who needs to resign is Rodney Davis. He brought racists on his staff, he's fostered the attitude and now he's caught.

Resign Rodney, for the good of the party.

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

... says, once again, exactly no one.

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

I note that the NG now calls Harold "Urbana attorney Erika Harold."  Did she buy a practice in Urbana?  Just two days ago they were calling her "Chicago attorney and former Miss America..."

Shoddy journalism? Or has something changed either with Harold or with who the NG is pushing in the primary?

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

The article sates that "Harold...recently moved back to Champaign-Urbana to take a position with the Champaign law firm Meyer Capel"

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

Yeah, the Secretary of State's office has had a fair number of politically-connected GOP employees over the years.  But since jobs like storekeeper aren't technically supposed to be Rutan-exempt (subject to patronage), so SoS can't get rid of him.

vcponsardin wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am
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Are Allen's idiotic comments really that surprising to anyone?  Racism still runs rampant in many parts of this country and central Illinois is certainly not immune.  My question is whether Davis' call is just a reasonable demand to remove an obviously bigoted GOP member or whether it's actually an attempt to hush up a much larger and deeper problem among Republicans in this part of the state...  My money's on the latter.

wayward wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am
45solte wrote on June 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Love the kos for demonstrating, usually on a daily basis, the intolerance of liberals. The (hateful) comments section says a lot, shall we say. 

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Damn those damned liberals for failing to tolerate GOP racism and sexism, and not recognizing that the true martyr here is pore martyred 45solte. Weep for him! Weep o weep for the poor martyr 45solte, the real victim here.

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

If you don't tolerate their intolerance, then they can win the intertubz 4eva$ if they cunningly point out that you're being intolerant of their intolerance.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, dude? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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

I'm not a dude, you...sexist.


'It figures?' That would be sexist too.

Marti Wilkinson wrote on June 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Being a bigot isn't limited to the GOP, although it seems like the Republican party has the more obvious examples. I think most people can agree that Allen was an idiot for putting his stuff in an email, and his own party had no choice but to call him on it.

The articles posted by Wayward and spangwurfelt did address some of the cultural aspects behind the current controversy. The only thing I would probably want to share is that the people who hold the reins of power, are often unwilling to change, unless it's within their best interests to do so. This is something that holds true regardless of party affiliation.

 

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

Are you listening, women and minorities? This is your "modern" GOP speaking. 

tsk tsk wrote on June 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

This coward needed to resign. His membership in the GOP needs to be revoked.It is people like him that have turned people away from the party. In fact we need to kick out all of the radical polarizers and reinstate people from the party with good clean values that can help, not hurt. He should apologize to her face to face, but he's proven to be too much of a coward to face her.

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

An Illinois politician with "values"?   They only value money.  The whole Republican versus Democrat is nothing more than an engineered scam.   "Campaign donations" from special interests is what motivates American politicians.   Illinois produces the best political rascals that money can buy.   

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

Amen.

tsk tsk wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Point well taken. The 2 parties are like white collar thugs or in this case, blue and red collar thugs.

asparagus wrote on June 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

Well said.

spangwurfelt wrote on June 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

"In fact we need to kick out all of the radical polarizers and reinstate people from the party with good clean values that can help, not hurt."

Your daddy's (and my daddy's) Republican party is gone for good. Now Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the tea party wackos rule the roost. And it's no wonder the roost is collapsing around their ears.

Someone born today will be able to say: "You know, I remember when Texas was a red state. But that was before the GOP committed ideological purity-test suicide."

tsk tsk wrote on June 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Well said my friend.

asparagus wrote on June 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

Equating Allen with Limbaugh and Fox News and the Tea Party is silly.  Rush, for instance, celebrates diversity of race among conservatives.  In over 15 years of listening to his show off and on I have never heard him make a racist comment.

You obviously do not listen to Rush or watch Fox News or know many Tea Party activists.  You must be getting your lies, I mean info, from left leaning hacks that are no better than this creep Allen.

 

 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

The claim that Rush "Barack the Magic Negro" Limbaugh and Fox do not pander to racists experiencing racial panic these days is ridiculous and laughable.

Have you ever been to a Tea Party anti tax rally in a public park? They are upwards of 95% old and white. That's not a random coincidence. There's a very good reason for that. What do you think that reason might be?

(Hint: it's not the liberal media brainwashing the ignorant minorities to fear right wingers and "stay on the gubermint plantation.")

asparagus wrote on June 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

@MTG --

The "Magic Negro" bit originated in the LA Times by a left leaning journalist.  Rush often picks up left leaning rhetoric to mock it. This only confirms what I said earlier, you don't listen to any of these people and should therefore not speak about what you don't know.

So a bunch of older white folks gathering to protest = racist.  Well, that says more about you than them.  Your 95% figure is also an exagerration.

It is the tactic of the left to reduce anyone that opposes them to evil cartoon characters. Therefore, they need not talk to them about ideas because who needs to argue with a cartoon villain.  Evil cartoon characters are only worthy of ridicule and hatred.

Please stop being an ignorant cartoon yourself.

 

 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Do you understand the concept of irony?

It is the tactic of the left to reduce anyone that opposes them to evil cartoon characters.
...

Please stop being an ignorant cartoon yourself.

Please stop being so cartoonishly bad at this.

Whatever the exact percentage, we all know that the Tea Party is almost entirely old and white. We all know why that is so and we all know that your protestations to the contrary are ridiculous. But, as the phrase goes, please proceed with repeating them nonetheless.

And also please proceed with further claims that Fox and Limbaugh do not appeal to mostly older white people experiencing racial panic in response to changing demographics in this country.

Seriously. Please oh please oh please proceed.

asparagus wrote on June 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Seriously, "You doth protest too much". 

We "all know" nothing of the sort.  Only your biggoted mind knows these things for certain.

Even if the tea party were 100% old and white, your claim that that equals "racist" says more about you than them.  Can old white people be nothing but racist. The abolitionist movement was majority white. By definition, they were old (to the point of dead) whites. You are truly ignorant.

Now that your argument has fallen to pieces around you, please feel free to gather them up and try again.

Best,

The Vegetable that makes your pee smell.

 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

For what it's worth, few people find transparent disingenuousness persuasive. You are quite aware that I never claimed they were racist because they're overwhelmingly white. It's the opposite. They're overwhelmingly white because of the prevalent racism.

You may feel the urge to dismiss them as skewed, but polls consistently show that a clear majority of Americans have a negative opinion of the Tea Party and only 30-37 percent have a favorable opinion of it. Even right wing Rasmussen found that only 8 percent claim Tea Party affiliation.

By definition, they were old (to the point of dead) whites.

And you follow this gem of logic by calling me ignorant?

And by the way, what is the source for your claim that the abolitionist movement was majority white?

asparagus wrote on June 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

The abolitionist movement was almost exclusively white because blacks were not in power in the 19th century.

You did claim that the Tea Party was racist purely upon there racial make up.  Review your previous comments.

You Lose, try again.  Your attempts are most feeble.

 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

It depends on how you define membership in the movement. The ones who received recognition at the time and were written about in most history textbooks may have been mostly white. But that is not the whole of the movement. If you include free black people and slaves helping and participating in the underground railroad and other forms of resistance, then the movement most certainly was not majority white.

Show me where I claimed the Tea Party has a lot of racists because they're majority white. You can't.

asparagus wrote on June 25, 2013 at 7:06 am

Whites are not a monoculture.  Those that depended on and perpetuated slavery and those that found the institution of slavery repulsive were very different folk.

Sure, the abolitionist movement was not wholly white, but its core of power and wealth was which made the movement viable.

Try again please.

Here you go:

"Have you ever been to a Tea Party anti tax rally in a public park? They are upwards of 95% old and white. That's not a random coincidence. There's a very good reason for that. What do you think that reason might be?"

I'm sure you will have more prattle as to how I have misinterpreted the nuances of your statement.  However, I leave it to other readers to judge for themselves.

asparagus wrote on June 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

BTW, black and white is not the important issue.  Rich vs poor is.  There was a time when the wealthy vs the middle class was held in check by labor unions etc..  Since that time, income of the lower/middle class compared to productivity and the rich has diverged.  The unions which used to be true representatives of working men and women sold out to corporate and political interests.  Illinois politics is one prime example of this betrayal. 

Corporate lobbyinst in Washington have co-opted the system -- both democrat and republican.  

Conservatives and libertarians have been fighting this manace.  Also progressives. 

There are still a lot of hate mongering machines on the left and right that try to foster this divisive rhetoric like "Rush = Boss Hog" and "Ralph Nader = greedy opportunist".  This is all Bull S***.

You need to wake up.

Best,

Long green veggie. 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

It's not an either/or proposition. Inequality of all kinds, including racial and ethnic (beyond just "black and white"), is inseparable from economic oppression.

The unions are not to blame for the attacks on all levels of middle class workers and those lower on the ladder. It's the corporations and the super wealthy, who are playing the grass roots level Tea Party supporters for saps.

asparagus wrote on June 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Wow.

I leave it to others to view your idiocy in your own words.

"Inequality of all kinds, including racial and ethnic (beyond just "black and white"), is inseparable from economic oppression."

Really? HaHaHaHaHa!  Grow Up!

"It's the corporations and the super wealthy, who are playing the grass roots level Tea Party supporters for saps."

Okay, so the democrat party is anti-poverty? Please!!! They own the most poverty ridden regions of this country for the past century. Why?

You need to open your eyes my friend.

Best,

A plant of the earth

mark taylor's ghost wrote on June 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Juvenile insults and projection are also persuasive to very few people.

Are you going to now trot out that Tea Party favorite trope, the "democrat government plantation"? The argument is that minorities are lazy, stupid, ignorant, and have been duped by liberals into "getting free stuff" from the government. Maybe you should start ranting about the "Obama phone" as well.

Ya. That'll prove your argument conclusively.

asparagus wrote on June 25, 2013 at 7:06 am

I reserve my "Juvenile insults" for juvenile arguments.

Thanks for telling me what my argument is. Once again, you are hopelessly misguided.

Those in power have a responsibility to aid those in need.  Decades and decades of ugly and demoralizing urban poverty under the auspices of Democrat regimes says nothing good about said leadership.

Grant you, Republicans have also stood by with little care.  I find that repugnant as well.

As I said before, this is not a racial problem.  It is a powerful vs the powerless problem.

You should get your head out of the traditional leftist sandbox and start looking around.

And BTW, I get frustrated when I hear these low brow mantras spewed out by brainwashed people, like you, about evil Tea Party, evil Conservatives, evil Progressives, blah, blah, blah ... It isn't about labeling groups as evil and then feeling good about yourself. The solutions lie in identifying how power perpetuates itself and prevents opportunity for the masses.  There are insightful movements on all sides of the political spectrum that understand this and are fighting for change (and I don't mean Obama's illusory change).

Lostinspace wrote on June 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Ah, free speech, nothing like it!

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

Are you implying that Allan's right to free speech have been violated?

If so, how? It's so cute when people who've said something offensive, or their defenders, claim that the bigot's free speech rights are being violated when people criticize the offensive comments or, gasp, call for there to be consequences for the offensive comments.

Why do they seem to believe that the first amendment somehow guarantees them freedom from consequences resulting from anything they ever say? And why is it that these people are often the ones yelling the loudest about how they are the only true defenders of the constitution? Dunning-Kruger?

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

Lostinspace;  I have never seen your comments as pro-GOP.  Your comment was in jest regarding free speech as I read it.  Either way; it is your freedom to speak seriously, or in jest. 

Lostinspace wrote on June 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Neither pro nor anti.  The GOP continues to do pervasive damage to the nation; Democrats as well, but in a less garish and obvious manner.

Two points: disgust when discourse on serious matters is reduced to petty squabbling, as in this case.

Disgust at people ganging up on someone who speaks his mind, even if one disagrees with him/her, for purely political reasons.  One has the right to be stupid and the responsibility to deal with reasoned criticism, but not with pious attacks in order to get votes. 

WOW wrote on June 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Jim Allen needed to go, but he shouldn't have been there in the first place.

wayward wrote on June 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

WOW -- I kind of got the impression that Jim Allen was a screwup (to use a term that the N-G will allow on their site :)).

spangwurfelt wrote on June 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

That didn't seem to halt his rise to county GOP leadership.