- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Republican running for mayor in Charlotte, North Carolina, is causing backlash after she touted herself as being “smart,” “white” and “traditional” in a now-deleted Facebook post.

“VOTE FOR ME!” mayoral candidate Kimberley Paige Barnette had posted, The Charlotte Observer reported. “REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL.”

Ms. Barnette reportedly edited the post, removing the words “smart,” “white” and “traditional,” before deleting or disabling her Facebook page altogether.

Robin Hayes, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, issued a statement Tuesday condemning the post.

“Any suggestion that a candidate is more or less qualified for political office based on their skin color alone, is offensive to North Carolina Republicans and we condemn it,” Mr. Hayes said, The Observer reported. “This type of suggestion has no place in our public discourse.

“We believe that bringing people together starts with the Republican belief that government should deliver critical government services in a colorblind way, and in a society that judges all people by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin,” he said.

Ms. Barnette, a long shot Republican candidate in Charlotte’s Sept. 12 primary, told Q-Notes, a Carolinas-based LGBT newspaper, that her post didn’t come from prejudice and that she was simply identifying herself.

“I’m not prejudice,” she reportedly said in an email. “I do not judge other people. Other people judge me. What is the difference? I say I’m white. Others describe themselves as example transgenders. Are they labeling themselves? I’m also a divorced mother of two adult children. I accept others as who they are. I have traditional conservative views when it comes to family and friendships.”

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