An Illinois Republican Party chairman apologized Wednesday after unleashing a racially charged attack on a black female congressional candidate.
In an email sent to Doug Ibendahl, a Chicago attorney who runs the independent website Republican News Watch, Montgomery County Republican Party chairman Jim Allen had harsh words for former Miss America and GOP congressional candidate Erika Harold, who announced earlier this month that she would mount a primary challenge against Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) next year.
"Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in Shitcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires," Allen, a Davis supporter, wrote in the Tuesday email. "The little queen touts her abstinence and she won the crown because she got bullied in school,,,boohoo..kids 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."
Allen later walked back his remarks.
"My comments are very inappropriate and wrong, and I apologize to Miss Harold and her campaign and her supporters," he told the State Journal-Register.
Davis' camp also sought to distance itself from Allen's tirade, calling the message "wrong."
"Mr. Allen's comments are misguided and wrong and certainly do not reflect the views of Congressman Davis or his campaign," Davis spokesman Andrew Flach said in a statement. "Our hope is that supporters for all of the candidates conduct themselves in a positive manner and focus on the issues facing our country as the campaign moves forward."
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Allen had been listed as a 'Team 2014' member on Davis' campaign website prior to the attack on Harold. Allen's name has since been removed.