GOP Congressional Candidate: Muslims Can’t “Ever Be Good American Citizen(s)”
Republican congressional candidate Ted Howze, who hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Josh Harder in California, lost the Republican Party’s support earlier this summer after dozens of racist posts on his social media accounts came to light, according to The Modesto Bee.
- Included were posts “denigrating Muslims, comparing an immigrant group to pedophiles and mocking the Black Lives Matter movement.”
One post said Muslims can’t “ever truly be a good American citizen(s).” Another speculated that former President Barack Obama was a Muslim. One more asked of the Black Lives Matter community: “As a culture 95% percent of you vote in lock step for the same political party who held you as physical slaves and now wish to keep you as political slaves unable to effect any real change for the better.”
- Howze denied writing the posts, saying someone with access to his accounts had authored them; however, The Bee noted that he declined to say who that person was.
- Though he lost the backing of local and national Republicans over the posts, Howze reportedly is making up some of that support.
Nine local mayors in the district are supporting Howze, including Patterson Mayor Deborah M. Novelli, who had previously said she found Howze’s posts offensive, and Howze signs still pepper the district. Novelli recorded a robocall for Howze’s campaign, but did not respond to a request for comment.
- Still, Howze has struggled with fundraising and his “campaign had about $100,000 more in debt than it did in cash on hand at the end of June, according to Federal Elections Commission records.”
- Meanwhile, Harder “has $4.4 million in cash and no debt at the same time period,” The Bee reported.
In a statement, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Andy Orellana said Howze’s “record of racism explains why no one in the Central Valley wants to come within 10 feet of” him.