Get out your race cards because Congressional candidate Vernon Parker wants to play.
Parker released a statement a few minutes ago claiming the term "national poster boy" is racist.
It's not so much the "national" or "poster" that put a blip on Parker's racial radar, it's the word "boy," which his campaign has taken out of context to paint one of his primary opponents as a racist.
Yesterday, Ben Quayle, another candidate in the GOP primary for the District 3 Congressional seat, issued a statement responding to some far-reaching political attacks made by Parker, later dubbed "niece-gate." Read all about it here.
In the statement, Quayle says, because of Parker's ethics issues -- particularly being found by the Small Business Bureau to have lied to get government contracts for minority-owned-businesses -- he would "quickly become the national poster boy for the Democratic Party" when it comes to unethical politicians.
Parker would prefer Quayle to have said "poster child."
Give us a fucking break. This is a guy who brags in campaign placards about having the support of brown-bashing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Who's the racist here?
Parker's proclivity for campaigning on petty bullshit reached a fever pitch earlier this week when he claimed two children seen in some of Quayle's campaign literature were "rented."
The kids in the photo actually were Quayle's nieces.
"If this was just a poor attempt to patronize Vernon let's just hear an apology and move on," says Parker's political flak, Jason Rose. "To have the 33-year-old son of one of the wealthiest families in America refer to a leading Republican African American as 'boy' is over the top."
Sorry, Jason, the idea that the term "poster boy" is racist is what's "over the top." If Quayle puts on black-face and does a Buckwheat impression, give us a call.
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