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Official apologizes for racist rant about former Miss America, GOP candidate

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Erika Harold By JEFF HAYNES Erika Harold By JEFF HAYNES

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.

 

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