Virginia’s Republican Party has booted a member of its leadership whose controversial remarks underscored divisions in the era of President Trump.
Fredy Burgos, whose attacks against Muslims and immigrants reflected a new brand of in-your-face conservatism in Virginia’s historically button-down GOP, was voted off the State Central Committee over the weekend, a state party spokesman said Monday.
With Republicans in Virginia still reeling over a wave of Democratic victories in the fall, Burgos faced a backlash last month from party leaders when he posted a Facebook comment saying that only Christians are fit to run for office.
The comment was viewed as anti-Semitic because Burgos had been campaigning for Tim Hannigan in his successful bid over Mike Ginsberg, who is Jewish, to become the party’s committee chair in Fairfax County.
Burgos, who campaigned for Hannigan under a “Make Fairfax Great Again” motto, claimed his comments were taken out of context. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Among those calling for his ouster was Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who faces what could be a tough reelection fight in her increasingly moderate district in November.