ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- The Republican front-runner for attorney general is under fire. Three anonymous sources claim Erika Harold made insensitive comments about gay adoption almost 20-years ago.
Her Democratic rivals are seizing on the report, calling for her to drop out. Harold's campaign is calling this a "political hit job."
A spokesperson for Harold says the claims made in NBC-5's report Thursday night are completely unfounded. Harold does not recall ever saying what the anonymous sources are claiming.
The sources, who won't reveal themselves on camera, allege Harold told judges during the 2000 Miss Illinois Pageant, if given the choice between a gay couple and an abusive family, she'd rather send a foster child to an abusive family. The reported incident happened when Harold was 20-years old.
Her campaign says, initially Harold did not support same-sex adoption, but her position has since changed. They also note the view was "common" in society and among politicians on both sides at the time.
A Harold campaign spokesperson released this statement:
She does not recall the specific exchange alleged by anonymous sources. If some form of that exchange did occur, it was wrong and it is in no way reflective of how Erika feels or has lived her life.
JB Pritzker's campaign is calling the incident "homophobic" and say Governor Bruce Rauner should withdraw his funding to Harold's campaign.
Rauner and the Illinois Republican Party are Harold's top two donors. In total, they've given her more than $400,000. Rauner's office could not be reached for comment.
It doesn't look like the controversy has ruffled too many feathers among her party. Friday night, Harold will be the keynote speaker for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by the Whiteside County Republicans. Governor Rauner will be in attendance.
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