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.”