The Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee has voted 26-7 to condemn, censure and ask for the resignation of Lexington Senator Jake Knotts.
The committee met Thursday night to discuss the alleged racial slur by Knotts aimed at Republican candidate for governor Nikki Haley and President Barack Obama.
The host of the online political talkshow “Pub Politics” says Knotts said, “We already got one raghead in the White House. We don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.”
Knotts has apologized, and said that the show was not recorded as intended, or the public would be able to hear that the comment was made in jest.
County party chair Rich Bolen encouraged the committee not to ask for Knotts’ regisnation, but only censure. He says a request for resignation has no force of law, that only the Senate can force him to resign.
Bolen says responses from Republicans have been all over the board.
Bolen says the Lexington County party needed to take a position.
Meanwhile, the Greenville County Republican Party Chairman is calling for Knotts to be expelled from the party, and is calling on Republicans who have endorsed him to withdraw their endorsements, including Congressman Joe Wilson.