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  California Republican Party pulls Howze endorsement due to 'disgraceful' social media posts
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 21, 2020 09:58pm
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AuthorJeremy B. White
News DateFriday, May 22, 2020 12:45:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionOAKLAND — The California Republican Party pulled its endorsement of embattled Republican House candidate Ted Howze on Thursday over inflammatory and bigoted social media posts.

The unanimous decision came after POLITICO revealed social media posts from Howze’s personal accounts that derided Muslims, disseminated conspiracy theories and insinuated that Democratic elected officials were guilty of murder.

“Mr. Howze’s social media posts recently revealed through news reports are disgraceful, disgusting and do not represent the values we hold or the Party we are building," California Republican Party Chair Jessica Millan Patterson said in a statement.

The formal renunciation follows moves from Republican leaders to distance themselves from Howze and underscores the risk that a growing scandal could torpedo the party's chances to claw back a seat they lost in 2018.

Howze has repeatedly denied he wrote the posts in question, including Thursday when he dismissed accusations as “Brett Kavanaugh style attacks."
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