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A Republican state legislator in Texas, the accused, two of his primary Challenger running against him, because they are “Asian” announced his resignation on Tuesday after drawing a rebuke from GOP Gov. Gregg Abbott and his own party.
Rep. Rick Miller, the man apologized as a representative for Fort Bend County in the vicinity of Houston, for his comments, said they were “insensitive and inexcusable” and not reflect ” who I am or who strive to be me,” The Dallas Morning News reported.
“I don’t want to try to be a distraction for my party or my constituents, and, therefore, I have decided, re-election,” he said in a statement.
Miller did not immediately respond to Fox News ” for a comment.
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The announcement, not to a fifth term of office came hours after Abbott withdrew his endorsement of Miller, and Fort Bend County Republican y Chairman Linda Howell, urged him to withdraw his candidacy to take back.
Miller, 74, was quoted Monday by the Houston Chronicle, as to say Korean-American businessman Jacey Jetton asked him in the first place, because “he is an Asian” who “decided to win my district, you will need an Asian.”
“And this is a kind of racism, in my head, but this is not necessary anyway, at least not yet,” he added.
He said that another Challenger, Houston Fire Department analyst Leonard Chan, sprang, probably, in the race for the same reason.
“I have no idea who he is. He has to Republican channels, but he had told an Asian,” Miller.
In a Monday, June 17, 2019, photo, state Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, stands at a press conference celebrating progress on the Sugar Land 95 Memorial Project in Sugar Land, Texas. Gov. Miller, who beat his political rivals on the ballot paper were motivated, to run against him, because they fell Asian his re-election on Tuesday, according to a counter-reaction to contain the endorsement of the state GOP Governor may lose. (Juan Figueroa/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Abbott spokesman John Wittman said Miller’s remarks “are inappropriate and out of touch with the values of the Republican party, and added that the Governor had withdrawn his support.
In an Oct. 15 endorsement video, Abbott had as Miller, “a strong conservative leader, worked the reins in their property taxes, increase teacher pay and improve education for Texas students.”
Texas Democratic party spokesman Abhi Rahman said that a “racist” candidates like Miller, only illuminated by the GOP hypocrisy.
“It is a sad reflection of their values and the reason why the Republicans will continue to lose elections in the increasingly diverse Fort Bend County and across the state,” he said.
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Miller’s district is becoming increasingly diverse. The population of Fort Bend County is almost evenly split, with 35 percent, and Anglo residents, 24 percent Hispanic, 21 percent in Asia and 20 percent black, after a year in 2018, survey the children’s Institute for Urban Research.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.