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Montana Republicans Disavow ‘Racist’ Tea Party Candidate Drew Turiano

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Montana Republicans are distancing themselves from a Tea Party candidate for US Congress who has been accused of spreading “hate and intolerance.”

Drew Turiano, a Helena real estate investor running for the US House of Representatives seat vacated by Rep. Steve Daines (R), has been dissed by Yellowstone County Republican officials. The Missoulian reports Turiano has been asked not to attend Saturday’s Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, a prominent gathering of leading GOP officials and candidates. Every major Republican candidate for statewide office except Turiano has been invited to speak at the dinner, which is expected to draw some 300 attendees.

“We asked Mr. Turiano not to attend our event because we have no intention of allowing him a platform to spread hate and intolerance,” Yellowstone County Republican Chairwoman Jennifer Owen told the Missoulian.

Turiano has called for “another Operation Wetback,” a 1950s repatriation of some 1.4 million undocumented immigrants and their US citizen children to Mexico. He also expressed fear that in 50 years, “when white America is about 10 percent of the population,” a tyrannical black president “might… attempt to exterminate white America.”

The US Census Bureau projects 179.2 million white Americans, or 43 percent of the population, in 2060.

“There’s nothing racist about it,” insisted Turiano.

State Republican officials said otherwise. Montana GOP Executive Director Bowen Greenwood told the Associated Press that Republicans have a “long tradition of standing against racism.”

Turiano accused Yellowstone Republicans of turning him away because of his Tea Party affiliation, a charge Owen denies.

“There is simply no place for racism in this party,” she said in explaining the party’s rejection of Turiano.

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