GOP backing away from chair's inflammatory remarks

Published 06/20 2013 04:37PM

Updated 06/20 2013 06:07PM

CHAMPAIGN -- A Central Illinois republican chairman called a GOP candidate a "street walker." Now, Congressman Rodney Davis wants him to resign.

Montgomery County Republican Chairman Jim Allen was one of Davis' supporters. He was listed on Davis' website, but has since been removed.

Now Davis is making it clear publicly Allen no longer has his support. This after Allen sent an email to a republican news site attacking Erika Harold. She's running against Davis this spring.

In the email, Allen says Harold will lose to Davis and that she needs to go back to a law firm to help it meet a minority quota. Harold is a former Miss America. In the email, Allen calls her "Miss Queen, being used like a street walker and her pimps are the democrat party." Davis says Allen no longer has his support and does not want to be affiliated with him whatsoever.

Harold issued a statement:

    The views expressed within Chairman Allen's
    email have no place within public discourse.
    These comments, however, only strengthen
    my resolve to run a positive campaign and
    reject personal attacks.

Champaign County Republican Chair Habeeb Habeeb has also called for Allen's resignation. Allen did not return our calls for comment.

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