Arkansas Republican representative Jon Hubbard has ruffled the feathers of not only African-Americans and Democrats, but his fellow GOP members over statements made in his self published book from 2009, Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative. In his book, Hubbard states, “the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise.”
On Saturday, Arkansas states GOP Chairman Doyle Webb, condemned Hubbard’s sentiments calling his book “highly offensive.” The distancing of the Republican Party from Hubbard doesn’t end there.
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford also came out against Hubbard’s book Saturday stating, “The statements that have been reported portray attitudes and beliefs that would return our state and country to a harmful and regrettable past.” Hubbard, who is running against Democrat Harold Copenhaver in House District 58, has since declined to speak on his statements and the apparent exile from Republican island.
With his book being out for over two years, the motives behind the Republicans sudden move to distance themselves from Hubbard’s beliefs shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. However, with Mitt Romney trailing in the polls to President Barack Obama, Republicans nation-wide catching flack for their already conservative beliefs, and this being one of the biggest election years to date, it seems Hubbard is all alone on this one.