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July 31, 2014

Calling Miss America a ‘Street Walker’ May Get GOP Honcho the Boot #IL13

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., called on a local GOP official to resign after calling the congressman’s primary opponent a “street walker” in an email.

Montgomery County GOP Chairman Joe Allen made several disparaging comments about former Miss America Erika Harold, who recently announced a primary challenge to Davis, in an email. Allen used explicit and racially charged language to describe Harold in an email published by a conservative blog in its entirety.“I am calling on him to resign,” Davis told reporters in a Thursday conference call. “As a party, we should be focused on working together even if we have disagreements.”

He went on to call Allen’s email “wrong,” “incredibly demeaning” and “dumb.” He repeatedly described Allen’s email as an unwelcome distraction from his work on the farm bill. (Illinois’ 13th is a downstate district that includes some rural areas.)

On a national level, the attacks on Harold come as the Republican Party is looking for ways to appeal to minorities and women.

But locally, Illinois Republican are frustrated with Harold and her political allies for challenging Davis in a competitive district. Davis won his first term last year by less than half a point.

National Democrats have already recruited a candidate, former judge Ann Callis, to run against the GOP nominee.

Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race as Toss Up/Tilt Republican.

  • Iwojo

    Go figger … a party that is so under represented in a State that has been ran by the Democrat party for years is going after a Republican candidate with Democrat techniques. Me thinks this clutz is the RINO … Me also thinks maybe, just maybe alla incumbent Repubs oughta take a hike and let some fresh fightin’ newbies take a crack at Madigan and company

  • Aaron Mason

    What do you expect from the GOP? It’s been fun watching you fools self destruct but now it’s getting old. Just go away.

    • LawsonL

      yeah 30 governorships and control of the House is pure self destruction

      • littlebear2

        Down from president and majority in both houses of congress, yes it is pure self destruction. The voters are showing them the door.
        They LOST house seats last election, became a smaller minority in the senate. The only reason they hold anything is because of gerrymandering
        And they wonder why Republicans are percieved as a bunch of racist old white men.

        The Republican ability to deny reality is amazing.

      • Aaron Mason

        Hahaha, polish that turd!

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