State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb denounced the writings of all three men as “highly offensive” and said the party would no longer financially support their campaigns on Saturday, the AP reports. On Monday Tim Griffin, who represents Arkansas’ 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, demanded Mauch, Hubbard and Fuqua donate his contributions to charity instead. A fellow Arkansas Republican, Rep. Rick Crawford, called the writings “divisive and racially inflammatory.”
Jay Barth, a political science professor at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., told Reuters that these lawmakers’ comments on race are a setback to the progress Arkansas has made since the 1960s. But the fact that not just Hubbard, but two other lawmakers also made racially charged remarks, makes Republicans look particularly bad.