CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Republican Congressman Rodney Davis is distancing himself from a GOP supporter who made harsh remarks about a Davis challenger.
An email reportedly from Montgomery County GOP Chairman Joe Allen called Erika Harold of Urbana a “street walker” and “love child” of Democrats. It predicted she will be hired by a Chicago law firm meeting a minority-hiring quota.
Harold is bi-racial, a former Miss America and a Harvard law school graduate. The Republican is challenging Davis in next year’s primary.
Davis spokesman Andrew Flach says the email was “misguided and wrong.” It was published on a website maintained by a former GOP official Doug Ibendahl, who called it “racist.”
Allen told The News-Gazette in Champaign what he wrote “was completely wrong.” Harold’s campaign didn’t respond to calls or emails.