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US candidate disavows 'proud racist' supporter

US candidate disavows 'proud racist' supporter

A state gubernatorial candidate is severing ties with an elected official who appeared to describe himself as a "proud racist" at a recent rally against illegal immigration.
The campaign of Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief executive, issued a statement Saturday disavowing Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar. The statement comes one day after state Democrats called on her to distance herself from Kellar.
During a recent Tea Party-style rally in Southern California, Kellar blamed illegal immigrants for harming the economy. He said that if people think he is a racist "because I happen to believe in America, then I'm a proud racist."
His videotaped remarks were posted on YouTube and caused an uproar.
Whitman is running for the Republican nomination for governor. Her campaign calls Kellar's comments unacceptable and says he has voluntarily ended his involvement with the campaign.
Kellar has said he has no regrets over the remark.


Updated : 2021-08-06 05:57 GMT+08:00