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GOP Fundraiser Puts KKK on Agenda

Oklahoma Democrats are crying foul after catching wind of a local GOP fundraiser that planned s discussion about the Ku Klux Klan.

Topped with a culturally insensitive picture of a dancing bean wearing a sombrero, the Garvin County’s GOP’s Bean Feed, scheduled for Aug. 23,  was set to talk about “things that you may not know about the NRA, Planned Parenthood, Ku Klux Klan and other organizations.”

State Democrats initially thought the flyer must be a joke.

“I thought this can’t be real, but it is. It really is. I think they were trying to energize their base, the Tea Party base, the right wing nuts, whatever you want to call them,” Democratic chair Wallace Collins said.  “In other words, throw some red meat, raise some money.”

Governor Mary Fallin was also said to be the headliner at the event, something that the organizer Allie Burgin confirmed on his Facebook page.

“WHOO RAH!!! We are back on for Garvin County GOP Bean Feed I have been assured that Governor Fallin will be at the Garvin County GOP Bean Feed “With Bells on, [sic]” he wrote.

The trouble is whoever Burgin confirmed it with was most certainly not the Governor’s office, because even though Fallin is a Republican she could not run further from the event.

In fact, Alex Weintz, spokesperson for Gov. Fallin’s office has even issued a statement saying Fallin will not attend and is not involved at all.

“The governor is not going to or speaking at that event,” he wrote. “She would not attend an event where those topics were featured. Our office has nothing to do with that flyer.”

Burgin has since said that by putting the KKK on the agenda he was just trying to have a forum to discuss the misinformation that hurts the Republican Party, stressing, ““I feel like the GOP gets a bad rap.”

Democratic Chair Collins doesn’t buy it.

“Now that they’re caught it’s, ‘Oh no, we didn’t know anything about it,” the state Democratic leader said. “We didn’t have anything to do with it. We weren’t going to be there.’ Caught red-handed.”

The reference to the KKK has since been removed from the flyers.

Photo Credit: KFOR

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