Fellow Republicans are condemning a local GOP official’s social media attack that says a Native American congressional candidate in Kansas would be “sent back packing to the reservation.”
The Kansas City Star reports that in the same Facebook message, Republican precinct committee member Michael Kalny of suburban Kansas City also called Democratic candidate Sharice Davids a “radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian.” He sent the message Monday to the president of a local Democratic women’s group.
Davids is an LGBTQ lawyer and member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation running against Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in the state’s 3rd Congressional District. She also has fought mixed martial arts bouts.
Yoder’s spokesman and Kansas GOP Executive Director Jim Joice repudiated Kalny’s remarks. Kalny did not return a telephone message Wednesday seeking comment.
It wasn’t clear whether the GOP will sanction Kalny. Precinct committee members are elected in the GOP primary.
If Davids defeats Yoder on Nov. 6, she will be the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress from Kansas and the first female Native American elected to Congress, according to the Victory Institute, which trains and supports LGBTQ political candidates.
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