Dating back to the days of Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party has always been the party of inclusion, and rebukes any statement that could be construed as disrespectful or offensive to any person or people within our community," Party Chairman Tom John said in a statement. As a consequence of Parker's remarks, the Marion County Republican Central Committee would review the "appropriateness" of slating him as the party's choice in the 2008 mayor's race.
The man Parker would run against, Mayor Bart Peterson (D), thought Parker's comments were "appalling." A political science professor is comparing Parker's comments to the infamous remark of former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) during last year's campaign describing a non-white staffer for his political opponent as a "macacca". Parker was supposed to file his paperwork with the Elections Department yesterday and formally announced his candidacy today. Matt Tully has more on how the GOP chose the wrong candiate here.