INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in Indianapolis said his campaign manager resigned after making disparaging comments about gays, Muslims and others on a social networking site.
GOP candidate and Butler University professor Marvin Scott said Tuesday that he knew Stan Solomon had controversial ideas because he once hosted a radio talk show, but he said he didn't know Solomon was making such offensive comments on Twitter.
"I didn't know anything about it," said Scott, an underdog in the race against Democrat Rep. Andre Carson in the heavily Democratic 7th District. "I don't know Twitter from litter."
Scott said he disapproves of Solomon's comments and said Solomon was an unpaid volunteer. Scott, who won the May primary but was not the candidate supported by the local Republican Party, said he would be able to better vet his staff if his low-budget campaign had more money.
"I never would have suspected," Scott told The Associated Press. "I can be fooled. I'm a human."
"When you have volunteers, they come with all different axes to grind."
Solomon's recent tweets include "Gay stands for Got AIDS Yet," ''Islam is the enemy you fools" and "Time to hurt these anti war sickos." He also used the N-word (both Carson and Scott are black), called Carson a radical Muslim socialist, said Islam is evil and disgusting and said it was time to burn and "nuke" the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
Solomon declined to comment to The Associated Press Tuesday.
Solomon's comments became an issue after The Bilerico Project, a blog focusing on gay issues, reported the tweets Monday and called on Scott to fire Solomon. The Indiana Stonewall Democrats also called for Scott to end his relationship with Solomon, saying they were "dismayed at the horribly xenophobic and homophobic comments."