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GOP leaders call for lawmaker to resign over racial comments

Rep. David Stringer (Capitol Media Services 2017 file photo by Howard Fischer)

Rep. David Stringer (Capitol Media Services 2017 file photo by Howard Fischer)

Gov. Doug Ducey and the chairman of the Arizona Republican Party have called for Rep. David Stringer’s resignation following racial statements the Prescott Republican made about immigration.

Jonathan Lines, chairman of the AZGOP, asked that Stringer resign immediately “in light of today’s reports” detailing comments he made at the June 11 meeting of the Yavapai Republican Men’s Forum in which he said “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” in Arizona’s minority-laden public schools.

“These words have no place in our party, or in our state,” Lines said in a statement today.

In a tweet, Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the governor agreed with Lines and supported his call for Stringer’s resignation.

Stringer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a 51-second snippet of his speech that is making the rounds on social media, Stringer said 60 percent of students in Arizona’s public schools are minorities.

“That complicates racial integration because there aren’t enough white kisd to go around,” Stringer said on the video. “If we don’t do something about immigration very, very soon, the demographics of our country will be irrevocably changed and we will be a very different country and we will not be the country you were born into.”

Stringer defended his comments, asserting that they were an attempt at an honest discussion about race.

He told the Arizona Capitol Times yesterday that while his comments may have offended some people, his intent wasn’t to make a racially charged statement. He said pointing out that 60 percent of students in Arizona’s public schools are children of color is “not a racist comment, it’s a statement of fact.”

3 comments

  1. Chairman Lines and the AzGOP have made a big mistake. Rep Stringer has said nothing that is untrue or incorrect. Not PC, but true, honest, and correct. In the case Rep Stringer shows courage, and Mr Lines is the coward. Shame on you, Jonathan Lines.

  2. I posted the following comment on Stringer’s only official FB page; he removed it and blocked me from making any more comments. He’s among those state legislators who refuse to reveal who they block, too (as reported in the Capitol Times). Funny that his re-election campaign website lists “Our Constitutional Rights” as one of his five main priorities, and he even mentions the 1st Amendment. Here’s my comment he removed: “Stringer’s written response to this issue speaks volumes of his character. He begins with, ‘My political opponents have taken 51 seconds out of a 16 minute speech to try to distort my message and mislead voters…I’m not interested in taking the fake news bait.’ Yet the entire uproar is focused on a recording of his speech – which he took OFF of his own FB page and replaced with a long diatribe, a low-level bait-&-switch. It’s clear to anyone with a piece of logic left in their noggin that he’s ashamed of his own words and seeking to place the blame elsewhere.” Coincidentally (?) at about the same time he removed my comment, he re-posted his video after removing it two days earlier.

  3. Boy, they (Stringer and the like) just don’t get it, do they?

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