The Young Republicans Struggle With ‘Racist’ Controversy
John Avlon at The Daily Beast has been all over the Young Republicans’ election of new Chairwoman Audra Shay, an Iraq War veteran whose Facebook feed was cited for racist comments by friends and seeming messages of agreement from Shay. According to Avlon, some YRs are angry enough to talk about quitting:
Calls for party unity were announced and ignored as many of [defeated candidate Rachel] Hoff’s slate then resigned their races rather than lose along factional lines or serve alongside Shay. Already there are talks of reformers, in protest, breaking off to form a new branch of the Young Republicans dedicated to restoring the GOP’s long-lost reputation as the Party of Lincoln.