OK. Politics has always been a dirty business. Everyone who steps onto the political stage opens themselves to criticism-sometimes harsh criticism and most understand that it comes with the territory. But when criticism turns racial or sexist or homophobic, the dirty business takes on a whole new meaning.
Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho Chunk nation is running against Republican incumbent, Kevin Yoder for a congressional seat in Kansas’s 3rd district. If she is elected she will become the first Native American woman to serve in Congress and the first openly gay person elected in Kansas.
In a story first reported by the Kansas Star, a GOP official, Micheal Kalny, sent a Facebook message to Anne Pritchett, President of Johnson County Democratic Woman’s north chapter. The message said, ““Little Ms. Pritchett- you and your comrades stealth attack on Yoder is going to blow up in your leftist face,” Kalny wrote. “The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November. Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”
Although State GOP officials, including Yoder condemned Kalny’s message and Kalny has since resigned his precinct post, the message underscores the additional challenges Native candidates face when running for office. Kalny’s message bespeaks an evil undercurrent in a deepening political divide in the country. Mudslinging by a political party is one thing–racism is very much another matter
The 3rd congressional race is hotly contested and recent polls give Davids a slim 6-8 point lead. Even prior to the racial attack, the national Republican party had been pulling back support for Yorder and even canceled a planned $1 million investment on Yorder’s behalf.