Former Miss America Who Is Black Called ‘Street Walker’ By Local Illinois GOP Leader

Source: Jeff Zeleny / ABC News

A former Miss America winner who is now a GOP candidate for Congress was called a string of profane names today, including “street walker,”  ”love child” and “Miss Queen. ” Her attacker? A local Republican Party chairman in central Illinois.

Erika Harold, the 2003 winner of the Miss America contest, announced two weeks ago that she was running from  Illinois’ 13th District. Her decision to challenge Rep. Rodney Davis in the Republican primary has divided some local party members and prompted the name-calling. A full account of the episode first  appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Harold, a 33-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, is black. The criticism against her – from Jim Allen, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party – carried strong racist overtones.

He launched his criticism in a letter today to Republican News Watch, a local conservative news site. He derided her Miss America platform of advocating for abstinence and against school bullying.

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  • John Vaughn

    Did she not get the memo? What does she think she’ll be called if she wins her election, and votes against something her party wants? Or what if she loses her election?…..Maybe she should have checked in with Jindal, Steele or Cain, among others for the answer.

    Or maybe she believes the name-calling at Pres. Obama was due to his politics, as opposed to his race.