Oregon Democrats Call on Republican Chairman to Denounce Racist Remarks
PORTLAND—The Democratic Party of Oregon is calling on Oregon GOP chairman Vance Day to denounce racist remarks made by a Republican state delegate from Columbia County.
According to a report in this Tuesday’s Daily News of Longview, Washington, which covers Oregon’s Columbia County, the Columbia County Republicans have passed a resolution blaming “immigrants” for “smuggling methamphetamine into the country and filling federal prisons.”
Republican state delegate Bob Tosh of the Columbia GOP:
“We see more and more crime articles in the paper with Gomez, Martinez, Ramirez, and whatever Hispanic name you might see.”
Gerry Simmons, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s office noted that Columbia County does not, in fact, deal with large amounts of illegal immigrants. Simmons said that Columbia County has a growing Hispanic community, but that no evidence suggests any disproportionate influx of illegal immigrants.
Even so, Columbia GOP’s Tosh continued his racist comments by making the distinction between white American immigrants and the Gomez’s, Martinez’s and Ramirez’s of the world:
“All of us who are Caucasian Americans are descendents of ...immigrants,” he said. “But with legal aliens, you know who's here and that they're not some criminal that came from Mexico, escaped from jail there and came over here and is raping 5-year-old babies.”
“I’m extremely disappointed to be reminded these racist views still exist within the Republican Party,” said Democratic Party of Oregon Chairman Jim Edmunson. “These reprehensible comments have no place in our political discourse, and show the true extent to which some Republicans will go to divide Oregonians.”