SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC4 Utah) – Democratic candidate for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District is taking some heat for comments she made on social media on Election Night.
The Special Election for the recently-vacated House seat was decided early in the evening. Republican John Curtis was victorious with 58 percent of the vote. He beat out Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen and Jim Bennett of the newly formed United Utah Party.
Allen took to Twitter late Tuesday night to express some thoughts that have now drawn criticism. Allen tweeted that she was “disgusted” with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It’s the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Allen’s tweet read: Disgusted with the @DCCC. I moved the needle about 18 points single-handled. What might I have done with some help?
In another tweet, Allen said: Curtis is Mormon and Republican. I am neither. That really seems to be the only thing Utah County cares about just as I was warned.
Many took these words as an insult to Utah County voters. Allen deleted the tweets a short time later and offered an apology.
“I deleted this tweet. It hurts to lose. I am sorry for this remark. It was only up for a few hours in the middle of the night when I was grieving,” she wrote on Twitter.
I deleted this tweet. It hurts to lose. I am sorry for this remark. It was only up for a few hrs in the middle of the night when I was grieving. https://t.co/XsBesJRsxR— Dr. Kathie Allen (@kathieallenmd) November 8, 2017
The Salt Lake County GOP who had been openly critical of Allen’s comments said on Twitter that her apology was “sufficient.” "As far as we’re concerned, her apology is sufficient. We encourage Republicans to forgive, forget and move on. And, @kathieallenmd, thank you for running. It isn’t easy, in fact it is brutal.”
As far as we are concerned, her apology is sufficient. We encourage Republicans to forgive, forget and move on.— Salt Lake County GOP (@slcogop) November 8, 2017
And, @kathieallenmd, thank you for running. It isn't easy, in fact it is brutal.#utpol https://t.co/w09oSOQPFh
Then, seemly after discussion of the Allen’s comments continued to circulate Wednesday. Allen shared another post on Facebook Wednesday night reminding everyone she had apologized, but then doubling down on her previous comments.
“So I put up a tweet between midnight and 3 a.m. that was now been covered on Twitter and in the press as though a single tweet is the defining moment of who I am as a human being. The tweet was wrong and misguided, and I deleted it. I apologized. I spent 9 months trying to be the best human being I could be. I tried to run as good of a campaign as I could as a first-time candidate. I am not perfect. But let’s examine some facts for those of you who are so deeply offended by my saying that Utah County invariably votes Republican. Is this not true? And is Utah County not largely LDS? Why do we have zero non-LDS members of Congress among 2 senators and 4 reps? Why did so many people hate Hillary more than they hate Trump? Do we honestly believe that Hillary would have taken us down the path we are now set upon? Why do Democrats have such a difficult time winning elections in Utah County? And please don’t tell me it’s because we are all flawed. We aren’t any more flawed as human beings than Republicans. Everyone is flawed. That’s why every religion calls upon us to forgive each other."
ABC4 Utah spoke to Allen at her election watch party in Holladay Tuesday night. Allen said she hasn't decided if she will run for Congress again, but she will return her focus to the issue of gerrymandering.
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