A Kansas GOP official has resigned his party post after sending a racist Facebook message to a Democratic Party official saying a Native American congressional candidate would be ‘sent back packing to the reservation.’
Michael Kalny, of suburban Kansas City, resigned on Wednesday as a Republican precinct committee member.
In his private message sent on Sunday night to Anne Pritchett, the North Caucus president for the Johnson County Democratic Women board of directors, Kalny called Democratic candidate Sharice Davids a ‘radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian.’
Michael Kalny, a local GOP operative in Kansas, sent this private Facebook message on Sunday to Anne Pritchett, the North Caucus president for the Johnson County Democratic Women board of directors
Kalny (left) resigned on Wednesday, after verbally attacking Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids (right), who is an openly gay LGBT lawyer and member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation
Kalny warned Pritchett and her ‘comrades’ that their ‘stealth attack’ on incumbent Congressman Kevin Yoder, a Republican representing the 3rd congressional district, is going to blow up in their ‘leftist face.’
He also referred to Democrats as scum and ‘Demonrats’ – a slur popularized by former judge and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro – and promised that Republicans will retaliate for US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s scandal-ridden confirmation hearings on Election Day.
Kalny’s post, addressed to ‘Little Ms Pritchett,’ boasted more than four dozen exclamation points.
Davids is an openly gay LGBT lawyer and member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation running against Yoder. She also has fought mixed martial arts bouts.
In his post, Kalny addressed Anne Pritchett (pictured right with Davids) as ‘Little Miss Pritchett’
Mike Jones, Kansas GOP’s executive director, repudiated Kalny’s remarks.
Yoder’s campaign also issued a statement, calling Kalny’s message ‘unacceptable’
‘These kind of nasty personal attacks are all too prevalent in politics these days, and it needs to stop,’ Yoder’s campaign said.
Davids’ campaign addressed the controversy on Wednesday, saying that Kalny’s remarks do not represent the opinions of voters in Kansas or those of Republicans.
On Monday, Kalny also resigned from the board of directors for the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which he had joined earlier this year.
If Davids beats Yoder on November 6, she would make history by becoming the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington DC.
If Davids (left) beats incumbent Rep Kevin Yoder (right) on November 6, she would make history by becoming the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington DC
According to a recent New York Times poll, Davids is leading Yoder by eight percentage points.
The Democratic candidate’s biography posted on her campaign website says that Davids was raised by a single mother Army veteran.
After graduating from a community college, Davids went on to earn a law degree from the prestigious Cornell Law School and completed a year as a White House fellow in 2016.