After performing poorly at the polls in November, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus released a “prescription” for the party’s future. Along with changing its tone on social issues to win over younger and minority voters, the party would need to make a concerted effort to elevate more women, Priebus said.
Along with state party officials, Priebus on Thursday joined in the chorus calling for Allen’s resignation, via Twitter.
“Chairman Allen’s astonishingly offensive views have no place in politics. He should apologize and resign immediately,” Preibus wrote.
Harold seeks to be catalyst for change in the GOP. When she announced her bid earlier this month, Harold said she believes she can help expand the party’s voting base and reach people who don’t traditionally vote Republican.
Former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady, who stepped down last month after coming under fire from state central committeemen over his support of gay marriage, said comments like Allen’s are an unfortunate distraction.
Without a Republican governor in Illinois or a Republican president to act as the party’s “mouthpiece,” Brady said, these comments only get more traction. But they also create a sort of wag-the-dog situation, working to block the election of Republican to those roles.
Davis’ congressional district in in central Illinois has been targeted by the Democratic Congressional Committee as a pick-up seat in 2014.
Davis, a freshman, in November defeated emergency room doctor David Gill by approximately 1,000 votes. It was Gill’s fourth bid for Congress.
“We do need to welcome folks from all walks of life, regardless of where they come from what they look like and what their policy preference is,” said Davis said. “There are no excuses for his behavior. I am not making any. I sure hope it doesn’t affect my campaign.”