BLOOMINGTON - Does the Illinois Republican Party have something against minorities and women or do they just oppose challengers in Primaries? That's the question McLean County GOP Chairman, John Parrot, brought up Thursday morning while talking to Bloomington radio host, Robert Rees on Cities 92.9 (WRPW-FM).
Parrot particularly focused on the 13th Congressional District race and how incumbent Rodney Davis, is being challenged by Erika Harold and how she wasn't allowed to speak the events surrounding Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.
He said he talked to her before the Fair and she told him that she wrote the Party leadership to see if she could speak to the Central Committee or at the picnic and was told that anyone who is not an incumbent wouldn't be able to speak.
"Why the party wanted to close it off and just have incumbents only speak instead of opening it up to others? ...I thought it was a little poor showing on their part, but it's all up to the leadership that is in charge at that time."Parrot explained that the Illinois Republican Party is hindering it's growth by not allowing her and other challengers to speak.
"I felt if we are going to grow our party and we have an opportunity to have more women that are starting to run and we have some minorities that are starting to get involved that it would be an opportunity to let them all speak. And I know a number of county chair women around the state and a number of other county chairman that we talked while at the Fair and we felt it was a little unfair."Listen to the Parrott interview HERE.