Kimberley Paige Barnette is running for mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her post explaining her virtues has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
“VOTE FOR ME!” she posted on Facebook. “REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL.”
Barnette was almost immediately dragged on social media for touting her skin color as a reason people should vote for her.
For those who don't believe a mayoral candidate would advertise herself as "white" pic.twitter.com/fXoBEKMolF
— T. Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) September 2, 2017
“The Charlotte mayoral contest will be decided based on who can best promote public safety, provide economic development, and improve critical infrastructure needs. This contest will not be decided based on the skin color of the candidates,” North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement. “Any suggestion that a candidate is more or less qualified for political office based on their skin color alone, offensive to North Carolina Republicans and we condemn it. This type of suggestion has no place in our public discourse.”
Her policy proposals aren’t exactly thrilling people either.
During a debate last month, Barnette was asked how she would help low-income residents of the city and responded, “I don’t think we should encourage more lower-income people to (come to) Charlotte.”
“We should attract higher-income people,” she added.
Barnette is a newcomer to politics and is reportedly not doing any fundraising, rely on word of mouth to run her campaign.