In an email sent out today, the Yavapai Republican Executive Committee sent out a statement regarding Stringer’s comments at the Yavapai Men’s Forum on Monday.
The members of the Executive Committee include:
Dr. Mark Sensmeier, Chairman
According to Laney, the vote was not unanimous, but 5-2 in favor of issuing the statement below. She did not specify who voted in favor or against.
"This past Monday, June 11, Representative David Stringer made some comments at the Yavapai Republican Men's Forum luncheon in Prescott which have caused a media firestorm. Included in these comments were irresponsible and offensive race descriptors ("there are not enough white kids to go around") and inferences that immigration (not just illegal immigration) was "politically destabilizing" and "an existential threat" to America. These statements were justified by Rep. Stringer on the basis of the racial and ethnic makeup of a large number of these immigrants.
"The Republican Party, and the nation as a whole, has been embroiled in an immigration debate for some time. Within our party, there are a diversity of opinions ranging from those who would like to seal our borders and dramatically reduce or eliminate immigration to those who would like to see robust immigration featuring easier legal immigration, guest worker programs, and strategic management of who is permitted to enter. We in the Republican Party welcome this debate, respect the opinions of those involved, and wish to find a workable solution that is best for the future of our nation.
"However, one thing the Republican Party cannot tolerate is the implication in any way, shape, or form, that an immigrant should be measured or evaluated on the basis of their race or ethnicity. To do so goes against the very fabric of our nation and what it means to be an American. The phrase "liberty and justice for all" knows no bounds of race or ethnic origin. Mr. Stringer's comments portray an attitude that is antithetical to this fundamental tenet and do not represent the views of the vast majority of Republicans.
"The United States has come a long way in the last fifty years towards improved racial equality. The Republican Party, despite often successful attempts by the Democrats and media to portray otherwise, has promoted a philosophy of governance and social structure that creates opportunity for all Americans regardless of race or ethnicity. Comments like those made by Rep. Stringer do great damage to the party's ability to communicate the qualities of conservative governance to the electorate.
"For these reasons, the Executive Committee of the Yavapai County Republican Committee emphatically condemns the remarks and beliefs expressed by Rep. Stringer this week. Further, we believe that the constituents of Yavapai County, the 1st Legislative District, and the Republican Party would be best served if Rep. Stringer were to resign, remove himself from consideration for reelection, and apologize sincerely for his conduct. We therefore urge him to do this as soon as possible."
Yavapai County Republican Executive Committee
Yesterday, Representative Stringer posted the following statement on his Facebook page.