Jim Allen, Illinois GOP Official, Resigns After Racially Charged Attack On Erika Harold
An Illinois GOP official has resigned from his post after sending a racially charged email attacking a black female congressional candidate.
Jim Allen stepped down from his post as Mongomery County Republican Party chairman after an email he sent about former Miss America and GOP congressional candidate Erika Harold was published by Republican News Watch. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan, who called the email "offensive and inappropriate," accepted Allen's resignation on Thursday.
In the email sent Tuesday to Republican News Watch editor Doug Ibendahl, Allen called Harold, who will challenge Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) in next year's primary, a "street walker."
"Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in Shitcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires," Allen wrote. "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 REPUBLICANS."
Allen's comments were immediately met with backlash from GOP officials, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
“The astonishingly offensive views expressed by Chairman Allen have absolutely no place among the leaders of our party at any level," Priebus wrote in a Thursday statement. "His behavior is inexcusable and must not be tolerated. He should apologize to Erika Harold and resign immediately.”
Davis also called on Allen to resign during a Thursday conference call, according to the Associated Press.