GOP Leader Forced Out Over Racist Email

Erika Harold (Getty Images)
Erika Harold (Getty Images)

(The Root) — Just days after his racist remarks in an email sparked a firestorm, an Illinois Republican Party leader has resigned, on the same day the Republican National Committee demanded his resignation.


Montgomery County, Ill., GOP Chairman Jim Allen wrote the following about GOP candidate Erika Harold, the 2003 Miss America who is multiracial and recently entered a primary against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis:

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.

Allen continued:

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.

In an email, the RNC released the following statement from Chairman Reince Priebus:

The astonishingly offensive views expressed by Chairman Allen have absolutely no place among the leaders of our party at any level. His behavior is inexcusable and must not be tolerated. He should apologize to Erika Harold and resign immediately.


Priebus' strong rebuke stands in stark contrast to other instances in which the party has been criticized for not standing strongly against alleged instances of racism. But as recent reports show that America is becoming an increasingly brown nation, winning the trust and support of voters of color will become essential for the future survival of the GOP.

In recent months, the Republican Party has begun aggressive efforts to reach out to voters of color, first by increasing the number of minorities working at the RNC and speaking more directly to minority audiences. Tea Party darling Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky recently spoke at Howard University, while Priebus appeared on The Tom Joyner Morning Show last week.


Rodney Davis is a freshman congressman who barely won his first term, making him a primary target among Democrats striving to take back the House from Republicans. For this reason, Harold's candidacy has been greeted with enthusiasm among Republicans who see her as a rising national star. 

Keli Goff is The Root’s special correspondent. Follow her on Twitter