2 Spokane GOP members resign after white national speaker
Aug. 04, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane County Republican Party Cecily Wright wasn't the only one to resign after a video surfaced showing her defend a 22-year-old white nationalist.
The Spokesman-Review says Abigail Osborne and Vitaliy Maksimov also stepped down from the county GOP's Central Committee this week after Wright came under fire Tuesday for introducing James Allsup during a July meeting of a local conservative group.
A prolific YouTuber known for racist taunts and extreme stances on immigration, Allsup now belongs to a white separatist group called Identity Evropa.
Osborne was an elected precinct committee officer and a leader of the College Republicans chapter at Gonzaga University. She's also Allsup's girlfriend. Osborne couldn't be reached for comment Friday.
In a phone call Friday, Maksimov said his resignation had nothing to do with Allsup's appearance but said online that Wright had been the target of a "witch hunt."
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com