Allsup certified for position in Whitman County Republican Party

Allsup certified for position in Whitman County Republican Party
Daily Evergreen 2018
LUKE HOLLISTER | Daily Evergreen file

Former WSU College Republicans President James Allsup was certified as a Precinct Committee Officer last week by the Whitman County Auditor’s Office.

Allsup announced his election via Facebook. The position usually entails passing out campaign materials, supporting candidates and sometimes voting on party leadership depending on the district.

The news drew negative responses from some in the party, including Whitman County GOP state committeeman and County Commissioner Art Swannick.

“I in no way support fascism, neo-Nazism and any of the activities he’s been involved with,” Swannick said.

Allsup, who could not immediately be reached for comment, has previously denied being a white nationalist and said he fully condemns racist groups such as the KKK and Nazism in interviews with Q13 Fox News.

Washington State Republican Party chairman Caleb Heimlich released a statement in response to the announcement.

“The Washington State Republican Party condemns identity politics and any form of racism in the strongest possible manner. It is antithetical to our core values and stands counter to our goal of getting Washington back on the right track. We condemned this hateful ideology before, we condemn it today and will continue to condemn it in the future,” reads the statement in full.

Swannick said while Allsup was technically elected, he ran unopposed and may not be seated as party leadership may look to bylaws to explore legal ways to prevent Allsup from taking up his position.

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