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Key state senator says House candidate 'probably should withdraw' after offensive Facebook posts

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Photo from Dan Johnson's Facebook page. Photo from Dan Johnson's Facebook page.
Photo from Dan Johnson's Facebook page. Photo from Dan Johnson's Facebook page.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Could offensive Facebook posts by a Kentucky House candidate cost him the election?

One key state senator says some voters may still support Dan Johnson, but he adds that Johnson should reconsider his decision to stay in the race.

Sen. Dan Seum's district includes Bullitt County, where Johnson, a fellow Republican, is running for the State House.

Seum, who is also Senate Majority Caucus chairman, said he has not viewed Johnson's Facebook page.

“Quite frankly, I have not seen it, have not looked at it. I've been involved in other races. I'm not involved that race,” Seum (R-Fairdale) told WDRB News.

So WDRB described the images portraying the president and first lady as monkeys, the anti-Islam posts and the displays of the confederate flag.

“Well, see I've heard of the confederate flag issue, and of course that probably wouldn't hurt him in Bullitt County. But I know nothing about other issue, about the racist issue at all,” Seum said.

But Seum does say Johnson should consider dropping out.

“If it's true, yes, he probably should withdraw. Obviously, it's his decision, but I have not talked to him, and he has not called me or left a message of any kind. We have not communicated,” Seum said.

On Tuesday, Johnson insisted he would not step aside and claimed he was getting support in his district.

“I can't rest, not for people being against me, but for people being for me,” he said.

On Oct. 1, House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover sent Johnson a letter, co-signed by state GOP chairman Mac Brown and agreed to by Gov. Matt Bevin, condemning the posts and calling on Johnson to withdraw.

But if Johnson does win, will House Republicans accept him?

“We'll see if he wins. I do know that the members of my caucus that I have talked to support wholeheartedly the decision of mine to ask him to withdraw in the letter that I wrote to him," said House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover. "I've heard from quite a few them. They support 100 percent my decision to ask him with withdraw."

Over the past week, Johnson's Facebook page has been wiped clean of the controversial images.

There are now photos of him standing alongside civil rights leaders Martin Luther King III and Dick Gregory, and attending what appears to be an interfaith rally in 2003.

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