A Republican Party official in Illinois has drawn the ire of national Republicans for saying that Erika Harold, the former Miss America challenging an incumbent Republican, is “being used like a street walker” by Democratic “pimps” who — along with some Republicans — oppose the incumbent.
Montgomery County Republican Party chairman Jim Allen described Harold as “the love child of the D.N.C.” in an email to Republican News Watch. “Now, miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS…These pimps want something they can’t get, the seat held by a conservative REPUBLICAN Rodney Davis and Nancy Pelosi can’t stand it.”
Allen also suggested that Harold, an attorney, will take a job “working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires” after the election. Harold is black.
She dismissed the comments. “The views expressed within Chairman Allen’s email have no place within public discourse,” she replied in a statement to the State Journal-Register. “These comments, however, only strengthen my resolve to run a positive campaign and reject personal attacks.”
Allen’s email drew the condemnation of 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 said in a statement. “His behavior is inexcusable and must not be tolerated. He should apologize to Erika Harold and resign immediately.”
The National Republican Campaign Committee identified Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., as one of their top funding priorities before Harold entered the race against him.
“There has been no bigger advocate for the families of the 13th Congressional District than Rodney and it was apparent from his first day in office that he would fight for his constituents and work tirelessly to get the job done right,” NRCC spokeswoman Katie Prill said in a statement to Washington Examiner on June 10. “Between his continued efforts to end VA disability claim backlogs to his nonstop work to protect jobs within the 13th District, Rodney Davis has put Illinois families first.”
Davis’s campaign removed Allen’s name from their list of supporters and denounced his remarks. “Mr. Allen’s comments are misguided and wrong and certainly do not reflect the views of Congressman Davis or his campaign,” Davis spokesman Andrew Flach wrote in an email to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “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.”