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After Linda Sorenson, the Republican Party chair of Delta County, Colo., posted an “overtly racist” meme on her Facebook page, the Delta County Republican Central Committee quickly rose to her defense. “This whole thing is a hoax. Someone got into the Facebook somehow,” said Vic Ullrey, vice chairman of the committee. “It was hacked and somebody got into it, definitely.” Why? “Just to damage the Republican Party, no doubt,” he said. “Just to make us look bad.” Committee treasurer Sue Whittlesey agreed. “That whole thing is bogus. Somebody hacked Linda Sorenson’s Facebook page, and posted that out there.” Why? “We believe it has something to do with [conservative-media watchdog] Media Matters. They’ve been harassing her the last few weeks.” Sorenson herself, however, had a different story: it was a “joke,” and “I really don’t care if people are offended by it,” she said. “Stop looking at me on Facebook.” State GOP Chairman Steve House confirms “There was no hack,” but rather an issue of “public versus private settings” on her Facebook post. (RC/Grand Journal Sentinel) ...And as Ullrey said, it’s damaging the Republican Party.
Original Publication Date: 12 June 2016
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