Republican Party no longer giving funds to 3 candidates

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Monday night, the Arkansas Republican Party announced it will no longer financially contribute the campaigns of three candidates running for the state legislature.

The reason the party will no longer contribute to the campaigns stems from controversial writings about race that have come to light within the past week.

Jonesboro State Representative Jon Hubbard makes controversial statements about race and immigration in his book: “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative.”

In a seven-step plan to deal with immigration reform, Hubbard refers to “former residents of Mexico” by saying: “after all, you can only use just so many sod-layers and crop-pickers.”

On slavery Hubbard writes: “slavery might just have been a blessing in disguise.”

And, in a chapter titled “The Dreaded White Male,” Hubbard says: “When will blacks, gays, feminist (sic), and Hispanics… finally come to realize that their chances for success will be much better when they stop viewing themselves as perpetual victims?”

“It’s upsetting and disturbing to us just like it is to a lot of Arkansans, and people across this country, to see such outlandish and backwards statements,” says Candice Martin spokesperson for the Arkansas Democratic Party.

Monday, state Democrats responded to a statement released by Republicans Saturday which read: “It’s unfortunate the Democratic Party of Arkansas is attempting to hold onto one-party control by engaging in distractions that do nothing to put hardworking Arkansans back to work and rebuild our economy.”

“We’re focused on continuing the agenda that Governor Beebe has laid out for our state and our candidates are working to create jobs, and improve our schools,” said Martin.

Saturday, the Arkansas Republican Party also called Hubbard’s statements “highly offensive to many Americans” and added it “disagrees strongly with those ideas.”

Monday, representatives of the Republican Party did not want to speak with FOX16 on camera, but wanted us to know the party does not plan on making any more financial contributions to Hubbard’s campaign.

The Republican Party also will no longer find the campaigns of Republican state legislative candidates Rep. Loy Mauch and House candidate Charlie Fuqua.

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