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Republicans denounce racism

On August 1st, 2018, Stevens County Republican Central Committee leadership was made aware of disturbing and disappointing circumstances involving Spokane County GOP Chairwoman Cecily Wright. Specifically, her introduction and defense of James Allsup, known for extreme positions and associations with white separatist groups, at a local community group’s meeting on Tuesday evening. Following further investigation, the SCRCC wishes to make the following statement:

Racism has no place in America, and the Republican platforms at the Stevens County, state and national level affirm this without qualification or limitation. While freedom of speech and association are both protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, the SCRCC acknowledges that these freedoms come with responsibility - and when exercised injudiciously, with consequences. We affirm the responsibility and authority of the Spokane Republican Central Committee and officers of Spokane GOP to address the actions of their Chairwoman Cecily Wright.

Within approximately 24 hours of the surfacing of a video and revelation of Cecily Wright’s actions, the Spokane County Republican Central Committee exercised their proper responsibility and authority. In addition, the Spokane County Republican Central Committee has issued a statement confirming that Cecily Wright has both apologized for her choice and, effective immediately, has resigned from the role of chairwoman. The Stevens County Republicans Central Committee approves of their decision.

While this circumstance was disturbing and reflected poorly on Republican organizations, it has provided the SCRCC with the opportunity to clearly and unequivocally affirm the dignity of all human life and denounce racism and those who would espouse such views.

Grant Peterson, Chairman, Stevens County Republican Central Committee



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