Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - The Greenville County Republican Party Chairman is calling for Lexington State Senator Jake Knotts to be expelled from the party.
It is the latest fallout from the controversy surrounding Knotts's comments about GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Nikki Haley and President Barack Obama. On an online talk show June 3, Knotts said, "we already have a raghead in the White House, we don't need a raghead in the governor's mansion."
"Raghead" is an ethic slur which can refer to a person of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent who wears a headdress as part of their religion.
Knotts also claimed in an interview that Haley is not really a Christian, even though she is a practicing Methodist.
"I cannot sit idly by and watch our Party be torn apart by Senator Jake Knotts' bigotry," Haddon said in a statement. "At the next state executive committee meeting, I will move for his expulsion from the South Carolina Republican Party. This is the harshest penalty the Party can impose, and it is more than justified in this situation.
"I also call upon all Republicans endorsed by Senator Knotts to refuse his endorsement, and all Republicans who have endorsed Knotts to withdraw their endorsements. I especially call on our great congressman, Rep. Joe Wilson, to withdraw his endorsement of Senator Knotts, and on Roxanne Wilson to resign as Knotts' campaign manager. The comments made by Senator Knotts are inexcusable and cannot be tolerated by our Republican Party."