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Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign blocked a former Miami state lawmaker who left office after using racial slurs and threatening a colleague from co-chairing a fundraiser.
DeSantis’ decision to block former state Rep. Ralph Arza from the post underscored the sensitivity the Republican’s campaign has to racial issues after Democrats blasted the candidate as a “racist” for using the phrase “monkey this up” in warning voters about the economic policies of his opponent, Andrew Gillum, the Florida Democratic Party’s first African-American nominee for governor.
DeSantis denies having any racial animus, and his campaign reinforced that message by blasting Arza on Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Ralph Arza’s name was removed because of hurtful and disgusting racial slurs that he has used in the past. He is not affiliated with our campaign,” the DeSantis campaign said in a written statement, issued after The Miami Herald first reported the fundraiser fallout.
In 2006, Arza was accused of calling Miami-Dade County’s first black schools chief a “black piece of s—” in Spanish. He denied using racial slurs, but a fellow GOP state representative filed a House rules complaint against Arza. Angry, Arza got drunk and, along with his cousin, left a series of threatening messages on his colleague’s cellphone, with Arza at one point calling him “my n—a.”
In 2006, then-state Rep. Ralph Arza and a cousin called a fellow Republican state legislator, Gus Barreiro, and left a series of threatening and, in one case #racist, cell phone messages
Now he’s fundraising with @RepDeSantis
OF COURSE https://t.co/GoRjkS585f
— Abigail Fische, Ph.D.🅾️ (@MuellerIsHere) September 15, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) September 14, 2018
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