North Carolina elections official faces removal over posts

AP News
Posted: Jul 31, 2015 12:23 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican elections official in North Carolina will face removal over racially tinged Facebook posts praising the Confederacy and suggesting black protestors aren't "productive good citizens" with jobs, like whites.

North Carolina Elections Board Chairman Josh Howard said Friday he will hold a public hearing to consider the removal of Rowan County Elections Chairman Malcolm "Mac" Butner at the state board's next meeting. A date is not yet scheduled.

The move comes a day after The Associated Press quoted a Republican Party spokeswoman saying the state GOP's recent nomination of Butner was the result of a "clerical error" and that the elections official should resign over the posts. Butner told the AP he is a "victim" of political correctness and that he wouldn't resign under any circumstances.