Quinn Campaign Distances Itself From Supporter After KKK Reference

Jun 12, 2014

The Reverend Walter “Slim” Coleman was one of several clergy who endorsed Quinn at an event on the South Side this morning.  Coleman talked up the importance of registering “unlikely voters” - people who feel isolated from the political process.

But then, with the Democratic governor silently at his side, Coleman warned against another kind of “unlikely voter.”

COLEMAN: That’s an unlikely voter that began way back in 1961 and ’62 with the Ku Klux Klan, that grew up through the militias, that came outta the militias and, and, and – came in to call themselves conservatives, and then came in to call themselves Republican. That’s a movement that brings an evil that we have got to stop!”

Coleman also suggested Quinn’s Republican rival - Bruce Rauner - stands for evil.

Quinn left the event without taking questions.

His campaign later said via email the governor disagrees “strongly” with Coleman’s comments - and believes they have no place in politics.

Rauner’s campaign declined to comment.