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GOP legislator apologizes after recording reveals comments disparaging opponent’s race, sexuality

September 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

SPRINGFIELD — Freshman state Rep. Amy Grant, R-Wheaton, apologized Monday after making disparaging comments in a recorded telephone call about her opponent, Ken Mejia-Beal, which referenced his race and sexual

SPRINGFIELD — Freshman state Rep. Amy Grant, R-Wheaton, apologized Monday after making disparaging comments in a recorded telephone call about her opponent, Ken Mejia-Beal, which referenced his race and sexual orientation. In a Monday morning virtual news conference, state Reps.

In an email Monday, the spokesperson said Grant did not agree to be recorded, and the individual had actually initiated contact with Grant and identified themselves as a potential donor and supporter of Republican U. S. House candidate Jeannie Ives, who previously held Grant’s seat. The individual then turned the full tape over to the Democratic caucus because of concerns with Grant’s comments. Illinois is a two-party consent state, meaning it is illegal to record a phone conversation with a “reasonable expectation of privacy” unless all parties involved are aware and consent to the call being recorded. The revealed clips were short, the longest being less than 40 seconds.

I think it hurts it even further but we’re being sensitive to other people who were identified in the call. ”Davis said he was not sure when the call took place but that it was recorded recently. The three Democratic lawmakers all demurred when asked if Grant should resign or suffer some sort of formal consequence in the House for her behavior. Grant specifically mentioned Davis in the phone call, calling him a “buddy of mine,” saying, “he respects me. ”“I can be cordial and friends with any member of the General Assembly as long as it’s a respectful relationship,” Davis said.

Her comments hit me personally, as an African-American man, to say that we don't need any other members of the Black Caucus, does that mean we don't need any other thoughtful, intuitive representatives to come to Springfield regardless of who or what they are?”Davis did not personally ask for her resignation but said “there could be a conversation about that,” and other members of the General Assembly were free to file a petition for formal consequences if they believed it was warranted. The news conference used official state government resources, and while Davis and Welch both denied their event was political in nature, both referenced the upcoming election between Grant and Beal repeatedly. Davis also mentioned Grant’s donors and said any who were upset by her comments may want their money back.

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