John M. Becker

WI GOP Candidate Drops Out After Anti-Gay, Racist Comments

Filed By John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 12:30 PM | comments

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Tags: busted, gay marriage, Jacob Dorsey, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, racism, same-sex marriage, Wisconsin, Wisconsin GOP, Wisconsin Republicans

jacob-dorsey-headshot.jpgJacob Dorsey, the 19-year-old Republican candidate for Wisconsin's 44th Assembly District who apologized last week for railing against "fags" on Twitter, dropped out of the race altogether yesterday after additional homophobic and racist comments he made on YouTube surfaced.

The Janesville Gazette reports:

When asked Tuesday about newly discovered comments on social media, Jacob Dorsey told The Gazette he was ending his campaign against Rep. Deb Kolste, D-Janesville. Dorsey's name, however, will remain on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election...

Tuesday, he acknowledged other inappropriate posts to social media sites.

In comments made on various YouTube videos, Dorsey used derogatory terms in reference to blacks and homosexuals. He also used a vulgarity as a verb ahead of Abraham Lincoln, the nation's first Republican president.

"I have decided to withdraw from the race due to insensitive remarks that have surfaced from years past," Dorsey said. "This race has been extremely hard on my family and myself."

More details, and screenshots of the offensive comments, are after the break.

Despite having made the comments just 1-2 years ago (and just nine months ago, in the case of his rant against "fags" in Utah), the Gazette says Dorsey told them he "regrets the comments made by a child he no longer considers himself to be."

But local GOP officials aren't buying the "I-was-just-a-kid" defense: in a statement released to the Gazette yesterday, the Republican Party of Rock County strongly condemned Dorsey's comments and revealed that they are requesting a refund of their $500 contribution to Dorsey's campaign:

"His comments have no place in our political discourse. The party was unaware of his comments when he announced his candidacy in May and when it provided a financial contribution to his campaign. The party has withdrawn all support for Mr. Dorsey and has requested a return of the financial contribution."

Screenshots of Dorsey's homophobic and racist comments are below, via the website NOManiacs, which first broke the story. (Click to enlarge)

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