U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville, pictured) is distancing himself from a supporter whose views of his primary opponent are getting the wrong kind of attention. The Montgomery County Republican chairman, Jim Allen, resigned after the blowback from an e-mail he sent describing Erika Harold of Urbana as a “streetwalker,” a “love child,” and as someone who would be hired by a law firm to meet minority hiring guidelines. Davis says Allen’s views do not represent those of Downstate Illinois.
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“I don’t hear that language from the folks that I talk to,” said Davis. “This is an opportunity to remind folks that we cannot, as a community, we cannot accept any language that was utilized in there. It’s unacceptable, it’s deplorable, it’s appalling, and it’s wrong.” On another topic, Davis says he was glad to join the House Republican vote in favor of banning abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation, even though the bill is seen as unlikely to pass the Senate. “Look at the last 4½ years in Washington: it’s been nothing but politics and polarization,” he says. “We shouldn’t just be passing bills for political rhetoric, but when they’re up, that doesn't mean I’m going to not vote for them.”