“Steve Stivers had had enough. In an extraordinary moment just a week before the critical midterm elections, the chairman of the House Republican campaign arm called out a sitting colleague, accusing him of being racist. Stivers, who leads the [NRCC], had been briefed on racially charged comments made recently by Iowa Republican Steve King, an immigration hard-liner with a history of controversial and insensitive remarks.
“And so with not even a heads-up to GOP leaders, Stivers went on Twitter and blasted his colleague. He ‘could not stay silent,’ said one source familiar with his thinking. ‘Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate,’ Stivers wrote on Tuesday afternoon.
“‘We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.’ King has a history of racially insensitive comments, but he’s recently sparked even more of a backlash over his decision to endorse Faith Goldy — a white nationalist running for mayor of Toronto — and his latest criticism of liberal donor George Soros.
“In an interview with members of a far-right Austrian political party with historical Nazi ties, he tied Soros to the ‘Great Replacement’ — a far-right conspiracy theory describing a push to replace white Europeans with minorities.”
Earlier this year we learned that Rep. King keeps a Confederate Flag in his office, so while news to the NRCC, it is not news to us. What is news is that King is now slightly trailing in his re-election bid.
For the Republican leadership to take a moral stand in the Age Of Hair Füror and maybe to lose a race by choice is amazing. Or it could be that the NRCC already sees this seat as lost and wants to shore up a more salvageable candidate elsewhere.
I tend to think that they are cutting him loose rather than the GOP has rediscovered their moral compass, which has never pointed north, if you know what I mean and I think you do.