Audra Shay Responds to Race Allegations

July 3, 2009 by  
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Audra Shay, Candidate for Chairman of Young Republicans

Audra Shay, Candidate for Chairman of Young Republicans

Audra Shay, YR Renewal Candidate for Chairman of the National Young Republicans, issued a statement concerning the racial allegations that are popping up all over the internet.

Shay is claiming this is a “desperate” attempt by the Next Level team to topple her candidacy for Chairman.  Her statement is below:

STATEMENT FROM AUDRA SHAY

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Yesterday on Facebook, an unfortunate incident occurred. An individual posted two comments on my Facebook wall, the first comment arguing against big government and the second filled with racially charged comments. I responded supporting the individual’s first post, to continue the fight against big government spending. I was not aware of the racial comments until sometime later, when a third individual brought it to my attention. I immediately deleted the derogatory and outright disgusting comments and subsequently posted a statement on my Facebook Status stating that in no way, shape or form are the comments posted by other individuals a reflection of me or my beliefs as an American, a Veteran, a Mother or a Candidate. I do not, nor would I ever, condone that type of language or behavior.

Unfortunately, my opponents have now spun a web of misconception and untruths, desperately trying to paint me as a racist. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, I have made it part of my Young Republican life to ensure that we did not just focus on outreach, but inclusion. Under my leadership as Chairman of the State of Louisiana’s Young Republicans, we were able to raise $90,000 for a minority outreach media campaign. Also under my leadership as Louisiana Chairman we brought the largest minority delegation to the YRNF Convention in 2007.

It is a disgrace that these types of political attacks are taking place and once again, it proves that my opponents will stoop to the lowest levels to steal this election from the jaws of victory. Our Team is one of honor and integrity. We take this service to heart and will not allow others to tarnish our reputations. If you have any questions or concerns about this matter or any other matters, please email, call or Facebook message me. I’m always available.

Many believe she was aware of the comment because of the 8 minute time lapse after the derogotory comment was made by the other individual.

Courtesy the Arkansas Times

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  • Jimmy Doors

    ANOTHER REPUBLICAN DOES SOMETHING UGLY, STUPID, AND UNACCEPTABLE TO SOCIETY (THIS TIME, IT’S SUPPORTING RACISM).

    THEN SHE BOTCHES THE COVER-UP, AS ALL REPUBLICANS DO.

    SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW ?

    AUDRA, YOU’VE BEEN OUTTED. YOU GET TO GO TO THE END OF THE LINE, WITH LARRY CRAIG, TED STEVENS, AND ALL OF THE OTHER GOPeewits WHO WERE LEGENDS IN THEIR OWN MINDS.

  • Not Buying It

    Her post was 8 minutes after the 2nd post- she had plenty of time to read the derogatory and racist one. Her explanation that she was responding to the first comment doesn’t hold water. Also, her de-friending the person who brought the racism to attention was giveaway of who she supported BEFORE all PR hell broke loose.

    I’m not sure what’s worse, laughing at a term like ‘coon’ and encouraging it; or afterwards being dishonest about what was done. Having supported the GOP and having gone to YR conventions – I actually saw more of this in recent years than in past years. I don’t know why this is the case. I just found it disturbing. Its as if the growing minority population in the US has some of us cocooning and being more unaccepting.

    I think Powell is right; we have to Listen to, not just lecture at, minorities if we are to advance. Right now, we have this “hierarchical” notion that if minorities don’t act exactly like us, they don’t belong. That won’t work.

    • texasdcrat

      I originally heard about this story on a liberal blog and wanted to know what republicans thought about it. Before I begin, I must disclose that I am a 31 year old black democrat from texas. My girlfriend is a white republican from NEW YORK CITY!! I am pro life, pro gun rights, pro military, pro school choice, pro school prayer, pro border security (especially here in texas), pro fiscal responsibility (pay as you go), pro defense of marriage act, and believe affirmative action should gradually be fazed out. So, as my girlfriend always asks me, “why are you a democrat?” Because of stories like this. I believe the GOP has either ignored or been down right hostile towards black people. I must admit I am somewhat pleased to hear republicans disavow this type of behavior. Trust me. Texas is growing more ethnic every day and by 2020 will be a demographically blue state. McCain won 55% to 45% here. When this happens the GOP will be dead in the water if they do not rid themselves of their bigoted brethen.

      • Safariguy

        That is the demographic reality that the GOP pretends does not exist. It will be dead as dodo if it does not find a honest way of attracting other cultural groups. I am not talking about using them as backdrops or photo background as some companies are known to do.

      • Susan Baragona

        Texasdcrat, I am a pretty liberal white female educator from the midwest, pro-choice, pro-gun-control, with a pretty hefty military family background. I’m not too concerned with gay rights (after all, I didn’t marry a gay person) and having travelled around a bit, not overly worried about border security. However, I have seen racism, and more recently a disturbing level of classicm, abound within our political system. It does not do any party any good when they resort to tactics such as this for publicity’s sake. I do believe that a wide-range converstion is needed from every side in order to get to the essence of what we, as Americans, need to function well as a nation. These days, I am discouraged from approaching anyone in a political discussion, because I just don’t know the level they’re on, and I’m afraid they will start spewing their hate-filled vitiol that they’ve memorized from the last internet forum they were on. Republican, Democratic, Independent, you name it. It has become that divisive. When did we start slicing and dicing ourselves into these little groups?

  • Alan

    One’s friends say a lot about them. I don’t care if she isn’t the one who made comments like this. I don’t care if she isn’t technically savvy and didn’t update her page. She associated with someone who thinks this way.

    Bad associations spoil useful habits.

  • Jimmy Doors

    IN THIRTY YEARS, WHEN THE BLACK AND BROWN BLOGS MAKE FUN OF “CRACKERS” AND “GRINGOS” WHO ARE THE KIDS OF TODAY’S WHITE REPUBLICANS, YOU WILL HAVE REAPED THE CROP YOU HAVE SEWN FOR THE PAST CENTURY OR SO.

    I WONDER IF AUDRA WILL BE SO “LOL,” THEN ?

  • galan05

    Some four decades later, you Republicans are still reaping the fruits of the Southern Strategy your elders sowed. Audra Shay just happens to be one of the newer seedlings. But all this is bigger and goes deeper than Shay’s digital giggles over a tasteless racial remark, and the fumbled backtracking that followed it.

    As they like to say down South, “the fruit don’t fall too far from the tree.”

    So long as you continue to allow bigotry to take cover behind a white sheet of political conservatism, you have more catastrophic election defeats to look forward to — and you will have no one to blame for them but yourselves.

    The GOP, rendered a minority party by the racial toxin allowed to percolate within it. The irony is breathtaking.

    .g

  • Marshafrommich

    Isn’t this the same woman who referred to President Obama and a noose some months back?

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  • teebird

    Audra Shay’s racism and that of people like her disturbs me less than their arrogance, stupidity and complete lack of discretion.

  • Mary

    So… does she not know what “Muslim” means either or is it still acceptable to besmirch them as well? Ya know, because 1. 3 billion people are all terrorists. Most American Muslims in this country are hard-working, taxpayers, but since conservatives would rather have those in their party that perceive themselves as “hard-working,” rather than the reality -many are welfare recipients- you continue with this charade that only “whites” work hard. You’ll keep losing when you choose to defend trash like her and excuse her behavior.

    She’s essentially trying to convince everyone she was born yesterday. Does she think WE were?

  • wow

    Audra should be ashamed.

  • Jimmy Doors

    THE REPUBLICANS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE PROOF THAT BILL MAHER IS CORRECT WHEN HE ASSERTS THAT “DEMOCRATS HAVE BECOME THE CENTER-RIGHT PARTY, AND REPUBLICANS HAVE GONE TO AN INSANE ASYLUM.”

    THIS WOMAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECRIED AND OSTRACIZED FROM THE REST OF YOU FINE UPSTANDING CITIZENS YEARS AGO. INSTEAD, MOST OF YOU ARE FORGIVING, HAND-WRINGING, TRYING TO PRETEND SHE’S NO RACIST.

    THAT’S WHY I TYPE IN CAPS. I FIGURE YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH YOUR READING COMPREHENSION, AND MAYBE IT WILL HELP.

  • Jackie

    She had hours (by the looks of it at least 9 to 12 hours) to respond to the comment, delete it, or apologize for some idiot posting offensive messages to her wall and she chose not to. The fact that she didn’t de-friend Eric after supposedly “denouncing” his racist statements speaks even more loudly to her insincerity. She was clearly far more concerned with spin control then she ever was with the offensiveness of his racist remarks

  • kookie

    …us republicans obviously have no monopoly on bigotry, and yet it would also be a mistake on the realpolitik level to pretend as if the demographic composition of the party alone bodes negatively for our future. it is also pointless for us to pretend as if our party has not recently made some, shall we say, misguided decisions on issues of race. the audra shay issue should be looked at in this light. there are certain “mistakes” that one should not put oneself in the position to make, even if they turn out to be genuine mistakes. it is the overarching atmosphere of our party that makes incidents like this problematic, and until that atmosphere changes, it will be difficult to avoid alienating nonwhite people from the party.

    • Jay

      The larger problem to me is that these “mistakes” happen by people who are either political candidates or already elected. It displays a kind of confusion as to whether the party is committed to the pluralistic principles the Deist members of the Founding Fathers intended or more committed to fitting the Bible into the Constitution and labeling anyone who might see the purpose of distilled spiritual wisdom differently, less American. As long as there is that appearance of confusion, there is a feeling that the Republican Party is not honestly seeking equality and freedom and a “more Perfect Union”.

      It’s ironic to me that Lincoln was accused of being an atheist by a Methodist minister when both were running against each other for Congress. Why is the Republican Party running candidates who are on the opposite side of Lincoln’s inclusiveness?

  • getreal

    You tell em Audra, LOL.

  • Jay

    Audra should have had a press conference for reporters to listen to.