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Jim Allen, Illinois GOP Official, Resigns After Racially Charged Attack On Erika Harold

June 21, 2013

An Illinois GOP official has resigned from his post after sending a racially charged email attacking a black female congressional candidate.

Jim Allen stepped down from his post as Mongomery County Republican Party chairman after an email he sent about former Miss America and GOP congressional candidate Erika Harold was published by Republican News Watch. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan, who called the email "offensive and inappropriate," accepted Allen's resignation on Thursday.

In the email sent Tuesday to Republican News Watch editor Doug Ibendahl, Allen called Harold, who will challenge Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) in next year's primary, a "street walker."

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