DENVER – One of the leadership members of the Alamosa County Republicans resigned over the weekend after saying in social media posts that “Republicans hate poor people.”
The post appeared on the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages over the weekend.
“Out of self-respect—be Republican. Democrats love poor people because they think that poor people will vote Democrat,” the post said, according to screenshots obtained by Denver7. “Republicans hate poor people because they think the dignity of man is above being poor.”
After media attention, the post was deleted, and another post was made saying the statement had been retracted and that “Republicans love the poor.”
And on Saturday evening, a new post appeared in which the group apologized and said the employee who made the post had resigned.
“Hate has no home here. On behalf of the Alamosa County Republicans, and as the Chair of that organization, please accept this apology for the inappropriate and offensive post made on this site on March 30, 2018,” the new post read. “The author acted independently and without the concurrence of any other member of the Alamosa County Republicans. The regrettable post was made with the intention of condemning poverty, not persons affected by poverty, and was not meant to insult anyone. However, that occurred, and the author sincerely regrets the post and has offered his resignation from his position with the Alamosa County Republicans, which has been accepted. Actions have consequences.”
It’s unclear who made the original post, but Alamosa City Council member David Broyles, who had previously been listed as a member of the party on its website, was no longer listed on the group’s site Monday.
Alamosa County Republicans Chair Sandra Wagner pointed Denver7 back to the apology post when reached for comment. She did not answer a question as to whether Broyles was the person who made the social media posts.