GOP Leader Steps Down After Rant On Ex-Miss America

Source: Catalina Camia / USA Today

WASHINGTON — The local Illinois Republican Party official who called a biracial congressional candidate a “street walker” resigned Thursday, after his comments were widely denounced as offensive.

Jim Allen referred to Erika Harold, a lawyer and former Miss America, as a “street walker” and “love child” in an e-mail with racial overtones to the conservative website, Republican News Watch.

Harold is challenging Rep. Rodney Davis in a GOP primary in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.

“Today, I accepted the resignation of Jim Allen as Montgomery County chairman. These types of offensive and inappropriate remarks have no place in our Republican Party,” said Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, in a statement posted on the state GOP’s Facebook page.

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