Republican House candidate Scott Rigell of Virginia has called for local party chair David Bartholomew to step down immediately after allegedly sending a racist joke over e-mail. Dated March 15, the e-mail that looks to be from Bartholomew's account comes with the subject line of "my dog." It's not funny:
I went down this morning to sign up my Dog for welfare.
At first the lady said, "Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare".
So I explained to her that my Dog is black, unemployed, lazy, can't speak
English and has no frigging clue who his Daddy is.
So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify...
My Dog gets his first check Friday.
Is this is a great country or what?
With Bartholomew's alleged e-mail going public two weeks before the election, the Republican pol in his territory didn't have time to mess around. Rigell is running against Democratic incumbent Rep. Glenn Nye for a seat largely based in Virginia Beach. That's where Bartholomew is commitee chair.
Tonight Rigell called Bartholomew's alleged e-mail "reprehensible." Writing on Facebook, Rigell said that the e-mail "stands in stark contrast to the core values of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, and my personal belief in a colorblind society."
After the jump, the official statement from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
The state Black Caucus writes:
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus is outraged by a vile and hateful email distributed by David Bartholomew, Virginia Beach Republican Committee Chair and chief lieutenant to Republican Congressional candidate Scott Rigell. The email promotes ignorance and hostility towards racial and ethnic minorities and those who have been left unemployed by the recession. Bartholomew has expressed the same evil and callous attitude displayed by too many Republicans this election year. As a party chair, Bartholomew is not merely in a position of leadership, he serves as the standard bearer for the principals and aspirations of his members. When Scott Rigell confers and shakes hands with his chairman, every Virginian should be concerned with the bargains being made. It would behoove Mr. Rigell to disavow Bartholomew's actions, request that he apologize and step down as leader of the Virginia Beach Republican Committee. To do less is to condone Mr. Bartholomew's actions.