Side-Eye Post Of The Day: Illinois GOP Leader Sends Racist Email Targeting Former Miss America

Exhibit 43,579 for why so many black folks refuse to deal with the Republican Party.  Mind you, Erika Harold is a longtime Republican. From The Daily Mail (UK): “Politics can be a full-contact bloodsport in President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois, but the most vicious war of words is usually directed from one party to the other. Not so in downstate Montgomery County, where Republican Party chairman Jim Allen sent a race-baiting email to a blogger on Tuesday, targeting an African-American former Miss America who wants to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Rodney Davis in a 2014 congressional primary election. ‘Rodney Davis will win’ the primary against Erika Harold, Allen wrote, ‘and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in S___tcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires.’ ‘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,’ 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…the seat held by a conservative REPUBLICAN Rodney Davis and Nancy Pelosi can’t stand it.'”

The article continues about Ms. Harold, who is a Harvard-educated attorney and won the 2003 Miss America pageant: “Allen’s complaint, that Harold is a Democratic party-friendly alternative to the more conservative Rep. Davis, is not new, but Harold insists that she’s as conservative as anyone on the political right. ‘At this point in the Republican Party’s history, as it’s trying to reach out to new voters,’ Harold said in a recent Fox & Friends interview, ‘I think I can both espouse conservative values and reach out to nontraditional voters.'”

More about the racist rant: “[Recipient of the email rant Doug] Ibendahl told MailOnline that Allen’s choice of words isn’t welcome. ‘Outrageous comments like those of Jim Allen are why we as Republicans fail to gain any respect from minority voters,’ he said. ‘If officials in my party (the Republican Party) fail to understand how destructive it is to attack an impressive person like Erika Harold merely because she dares to challenge the good-old-boys, the GOP will remain a losing party for decades.’ ‘This stay in the back-of-the-bus mentality,’ Ibendahl added, ‘destroys any hope the Republican Party has for regaining momentum in future elections.'”

UPDATE: Jim Allen has apologized for his racist rant. Rep. Rodney Davis has booted Jim Allen from his Team 2014 re-election campaign. group. Jim Allen isn’t sorry about what he said. He is sorry that the guy who he sent the email to put him on blast by publicizing it, and he’s feeling the heat now that the story has gone international because of Ms. Harold’s Miss America connection.