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article imageGOP's Don Yelton resigns after racial remarks

By Kavelle Christie     Oct 25, 2013 in Politics
Asheville - The GOP precinct chair of Buncombe County, North Carolina, resigned on Thursday after the state's Republican Party called for his resignation following racially insensitive remarks made during an interview.
Don Yelton was discussing North Carolina's new voter ID law that Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law in August and over which the Justice Department has sued the state, when he made a comment about “lazy blacks” on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Wednesday.
"The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt," he said in the interview with correspondent Aasif Mandvi.
He continued, "If it hurts a bunch of college kids too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, so be it. If it hurts the whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”
Yelton also quickly noted that although he has "been called a bigot before," this was not the case because one of his best friends is black.
Immediately following the interview, members of the party called for Yelton's resignation. In a statement, the Buncombe County GOP described Yelton's comments as “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable.”
Buncombe County GOP chairman Henry Mitchell also added his voice to the matter, stating, “Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton's comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe Republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon..This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”
The party also noted Yelton was “recently reprimanded and removed from his position as a precinct chair in Buncombe County for a period of time in 2012 through 2013.” He was re-elected to the position at the 2013 convention by a miniscule margin of two votes — himself and his wife.
In a separate statement, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope also denounced Yelton's remarks.
“I have asked for Mr. Yelton’s resignation as the precinct chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party. If Mr. Yelton declines to resign, the NCGOP will immediately initiate the process to remove him from his position."
Yelton stepped down from his GOP post in an interview on Asheville radio station WWNC on Thursday.
“I resign my position as precinct chair. Gladly. I'll give it up. To heck with it, I don't want to be part of a group that is that mealy-mouthed and that gutless,” he said.
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