Sharice Davids speaking to supporters. Photo by Rhonda LeValdo
Published October 11, 2018
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Michael Kalny resigned his position as GOP precinct committeman on Wednesday after his racist Facebook post surfaced on Monday saying of Sharice David, an American Indian woman running for Congress, “your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”
Kalny’s resignation was confirmed by Johnson County Republican Party chairman Mike Jones. Johnson County, is in the Third Congressional District in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City.
On Monday, Kalny sent his racist Facebook message to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women’s north chapter.
“This message doesn’t represent Kansas values, and it doesn’t represent the values of the Republicans we know, many who support this campaign,” Davids told Native News Online in an email on Wednesday afternoon.
Davids is currently leading incumbent Congressman Kevin Yoder in a New York Times poll with 51 percent to Yoder’s 43 percent.
Davids did not grow up on the Ho-Chunk Nation Reservation, but grew up in a Kansas City suburb, raised by a single-working mother. Davids is a lesbian, and a former professional mixed-martial-arts fighter. In addition, she is an attorney who worked in the Obama White House.
Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won the Democratic nomination in Kansas 3rd Congressional District on August 8, 2018. Davids will face incumbent GOP Congressman Kevin Yoder in the general election in November.
Davids is one of two American Indian women running for Congress. Deb Haaland (Laguana Pueblo) is running in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional district. Given there has never been an American Indian woman in Congress, Indian Country is rooting for both candidates.