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The Audacity of Black Republican Erika Harold and Why Some GOP Need to Shut UP

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Just when I think the Republican Party can’t get any more broken or branded as the party of out of touch white men, the GOP falls deeper into stupidity. Our latest ambassador to repel voters from the party is Montgomery County, Illinois GOP Chairman Jim Allen. He called black Republican Erika Harold, candidate for Illinois’ 13th Congressional seat, “a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS…” Wow.


Republicans can’t save themselves from shooting themselves in the foot. So much for growing the party to reach more diverse voters and win elections, which the GOP desperately needs after 2012’s presidential butt whooping.

Coming off the heels of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s son Tanner liberally using racially offensive words on social media sites and the Daily Caller jokingly tweeting RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was the “HNIC,” Head N*gger in Charge, one would think Republicans had exhausted their racist quota for the summer. Not nearly! It appears, the GOP is headed into the “Summer of its Demise.”

In a June 18, 2013 email responding to a favorable article written on Harold, Allen was piping mad that a black woman, and a highly educated Harvard lawyer at that, had the audacity to challenge white male GOP incumbent Republican Rodney Davis in a primary for the seat. In Allen’s mind it seems us black conservatives need to know our place.

Read the full email in all its racist glory :

Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in Sh*tcago 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,,, 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.


If Harold wins the GOP primary and the race, she would become the first black Republican female elected to Congress. Harold isn’t the first black Republican woman to run for a Congressional seat. In 2012 Republican Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love ran for Congress and lost but she’s running again in 2014.

At a time when the face of the GOP is anything but “surprising and new,” to borrow from the Love Boat theme song, or reflective of the diverse face of America, the GOP should jumping for joy strong minority candidates like Harold want to run. Instead the message is “Don’t come aboard. We’re not expecting you. Nor do we want you.”

The sad thing about GOP Jim Allen types is he's not alone. Illinois Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter didn’t take kindly to Harold upsetting the good ole boys’ apple cart either, "I don't understand why” . . . “Someone like Erika, with as much promise as she has in the Republican Party, why target a young congressman who has done what we asked him to do?”

Why is Erika Harold running? Because she can, and more importantly, as Harold said, she feels she can “actually make a difference.” Isn’t that what primaries and politics are supposed to be about rather than the party bosses or establishment anointing candidates?


There are more than a few white Republicans who share the mentality that the GOP is the party of the white male. It’s called the Fear of the Black Republican and producer Kevin Williams explores this phenomenon in his documentary. The film demonstrates why the Republican Party is loath to run black candidates, particularly in urban cities, because the party thinks it will excite Democrat voter turnout in suburban districts, threatening GOP strongholds.

I think it’s progress Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement demanding Jim Allen resign, but frankly that’s not enough. If the RNC would bother to start taking the conservative message to minority voters and identifying diverse candidates rather than spending eight months and a 100 page report talking about doing something, people might believe Jim Allen is a freak of nature in the GOP. Instead the face of the GOP continues to look more like Montgomery County, IL GOP Chairman Jim Allen, a “street walking,” racist buffoon.

Allen issued an apology and then resigned but he meant what he said and that’s the problem. You know the old saying “if you don’t have something nice to day, don’t say anything at all.” Maybe it’s time some Republicans just shut up and let others do the talking.


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