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Rep. Davis Disavows Email Calling Rival ‘Street Walker’

Erika Harold running for Congress

Erika Harold announced her candidacy for Illinois' 13th Congressional District in front of Urbana High School Tuesday. (Jim Meadows/WILL)

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis is distancing himself from a GOP supporter who made harsh remarks about a Davis challenger.  

An email reportedly from Montgomery County GOP Chairman Joe Allen called Erika Harold of Urbana a "street walker'' and "love child'' of Democrats. It predicted she will be hired by a Chicago law firm meeting a minority-hiring quota.

Harold is bi-racial, a former Miss America and a Harvard law school graduate. The Republican is challenging Davis in next year's primary.

Davis spokesman Andrew Flach says the email was ``misguided and wrong.'' It was published on a website maintained by a former GOP official Doug Ibendahl, who called it "racist.''

Allen told The News-Gazette in Champaign what he wrote "was completely wrong.'' Harold's campaign didn't respond to calls or emails.