PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A newly elected state representative is apologizing for comments she made against former President Barack Obama, Muslims and others.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports state Rep. Judy Reyher reignited doubts that Obama was born in the U.S. and called Democrats and African-Americans racist in an interview she gave Tuesday.
Reyher's past Facebook posts where she called the Obama's "squatters" in the White House later resurfaced on political websites.
Republican Party spokesman Daniel Cole says she has since been lectured by Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays.
Reyher issued an apology for the comments in The Denver Post Thursday where she said she embraces all Americans and denied that she is racist.
Reyher began representing House District 47 after she secured six of 11 votes at the district vacancy meeting in Fowler Monday.
Reyher's full statement can be read below:
The people elected a fighter, and I am proud to say I am that fighter. I will fight back against the smears, I will fight back against the lies, and moving forward, I will be fighting in Colorado's capitol as an advocate for more liberty and freedom in our great state.
When I decided to run for the vacant seat in House District 47, I fully expected a fight from the very moment I announced my candidacy. Sadly, everything I anticipated has come true. I am here today to inform all the hate-filled left-wingers that I am not backing down and will serve the great people of my district with both distinction and fervor.
In less than a week, Democrats across the entire country have left me dozens of vile and disgusting messages of hate. I would share these, but they are so distasteful they are barely worth dignifying with a response. The far left is so desperate to win my seat that they have concocted a ridiculous narrative of racism and hate. This is straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook and shows the far left's true colors of divisiveness and hate.
Those who have read the comments can plainly see that my responses were always thorough disgust of the left's modus operandi in creating a vicious political atmosphere filled with division and strife. With nothing else in my experience to be grasped by them and with emotional immaturity, good Americans long ago came to expect this behavior from a morally bankrupt movement. Out-of-state groups are now using their own hate and vile manners in a blatant attempt to discredit anyone seen in opposition to their liberal position. These attacks are ridiculous, desperate, and I know voters will see through it as more garbage divisiveness.
I am a proud 5th generation Coloradoan and an American who will dutifully serve all of my fellow Coloradoans with class and distinction. My record will reflect those values that we all hold dear. I make this commitment to all of you. I will also be working for all who live in my district. Anything less is a capitulation to the latest ridiculous ploy by the left.