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Yellowstone GOP turns away Turiano, cites racism

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 13 2014 10:16:36 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

The Republican Party in Yellowstone County says it will not allow Congressional candidate Drew Turiano speak at a party event this weekend, saying they will not give him a platform for his racist views.
    
Party chairwoman Jennifer Owen says the party asked Turiano not to attend its Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on Saturday. All other major candidates for statewide office will have a chance to speak at the dinner, which is expected to draw about 300 people.
    
Turiano says he is being turned away because he is a self-described member of the tea party. He allowed that Owen might have been offended by his support for "Operation Wetback," a proposal to deport all immigrants living in the country illegally along with their American-born children.