There's a battle brewing in Montgomery County, Illinois, where Republican Party chairman Jim Allen recently sent a controversial e-mail to a blogger in an effort to target Erika Harold, a former Miss America who is running for Congress.
The message, which was sent to Doug Ibendahl, an attorney who was general counsel to the Illinois GOP from 1999 through 2001, is sparking quite a bit of controversy -- particularly because of Allen's mention of minority quotas (Harold is an African American).
The e-mail overwhelmingly focuses on the notion that the former beauty queen simply isn't conservative enough, as Allen charges that she is a RINO (Republican in Name Only). Noting that Harold is going up against Rep. Rodney Davis in the primary, the GOP chairman makes it more-than-clear that he is patently against her candidacy.
Former Miss America Erika Harold, 33, announces her plans to challenge first-term U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 2014 Republican primary Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Urbana High School in Urbana, Ill. Harold grew up the Illinois city and recently moved back. She was Miss America is 2003. Credit: AP
"Rodney Davis will win' the primary against Erika Harold and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in S**tcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires," the e-mail read. "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 went on to say that Harold is "being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS."
Here's the e-mail in its entirety, as published on Republican News Watch, Ibendahl's website:
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.
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.
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…These pimps want something they can’t get,,, the seat held by a conservative REPUBLICAN Rodney Davis and Nancy Pelosi can’t stand it..
Little Queenie and Nancy Pelosi have so much in common but the one thing that stands out the most.. both are FORMER QUEENS, their crowns are tarnished and time has run out on the both of them.
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In discussing the issue on his website, Ibendahl noted that this e-mail is evidence, in his view, of why Republicans continue to lose elections, describing Allen's collective words as a "racist rant."
Considering the GOP's demographic challenges, particularly among minorities, the lawyer notes that this incident isn't helpful to bridging divides and creating electoral success.
"Outrageous comments like those of Jim Allen are why we as Republicans fail to gain any respect from minority voters," Ibendal said of the e-mail. "If officials in my party (the Republican 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."
(H/T: Daily Mail)