Alabama GOP won't certify votes cast for Jim Bonner in PSC primary

Jim Bonner of Bear Creek, near Phil Campbell, Ala. is running for the Alabama Public Service...
Jim Bonner of Bear Creek, near Phil Campbell, Ala. is running for the Alabama Public Service Commission. He was publicly censured by the Alabama Republican Party's Candidate Committee for social media posts the committee called "egregious." (Courtesy of Jim Bonner for Alabama Public Service Commission, Place 1)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 1, 2018 at 11:20 AM CDT
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The Alabama state Republican Party has announced it will not certify ballots cast for controversial Public Service Commission candidate Jim Bonner in Tuesday's primary election, a day after the party formally censured him over comments he made on social media and in radio interviews that many found offensive.

Alabama GOP Chairman Terry Lathan said in a news release the Alabama Republican Party Candidate Committee voted Thursday night not to certify ballots cast for Bonner.

"When our state party chooses to take these steps, it is a serious and rare occurrence," Lathan said. "We strongly believe that this is one of those solemn moments.

"This vote was carefully considered and was not taken lightly."

Bonner was censured by the state GOP's candidate committee on Wednesday after concerns were raised about posts Bonner made on Facebook and comments in radio interviews that have been called anti-Semitic, racist or otherwise offensive.

Bonner is challenging incumbent Commissioner Jeremy Oden in the race for Place 1 on the PSC, which regulates utilities in Alabama. It appears Oden will be the Republican nominee to hold his seat, facing Democrat Cara McClure in the general election.

Bonner told Friday morning that he and his attorney are discussing whether to file an appeal with the Alabama GOP.

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