AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur

Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold of Urbana (WICS)

The Republican floor leader in the Illinois House says a GOP candidate seeking a seat in the General Assembly is unworthy of the post because of his use of sexist and racist language.

Republican State Rep. Peter Breen says Winfield Township Republican Chairman Burt Minor should withdraw from the GOP primary for the 42nd Illinois House seat. It is alleged he repeatedly used a racial slur during a fall meeting with Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold of Urbana.

Harold, who is black, and Breen say the comments came during an Oct. 12 meeting in Carol Stream when the 37-year-old Harold was meeting with local Republicans.

Minor on Thursday did not immediately return a call for comment.

Harold has previously been targeted with slurs by a Republican official. During the 2014 Republican primary for an Illinois congressional seat, the former Miss America and Harvard graduate was called "a streetwalker" by a GOP county chairman.

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