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HCDP Joins Others Condemning City Council Member’s 'Racist, Sexist Post'

'Ethics Committee Should Determine Path Forward,' Says HCDP Chair

The Harris County Democratic Party today joined members of the community condemning a “racist and sexist” post to Facebook by District G Councilmember Greg Travis.

Travis is under fire for the offensive post he made online about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, former first lady Michelle Obama and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“How can we have confidence in a council member who has demonstrated such appalling behavior,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris County Democratic Party chair. “We are a diverse and inclusive community, and we do not need a representative who fails to embrace that.”

“The City Council’s Ethics Committee should meet to determine if the path forward includes Mr. Travis’ censure and/or removal,” Schechter said. “The people of Houston deserve much better representation.”

The Houston City Council held its first meeting this year on Jan. 6, just weeks after Travis’ post. During a public comment session on Jan. 5, residents called for Travis’ resignation, censure and removal, but the council took no formal action.

In a statement on Jan. 4, the Houston branch of the NAACP denounced Travis’ comments and called for him to be held accountable.

Travis told Houston’s ABC-13 News, “I’m not going to apologize,” adding that he won’t be resigning.

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For Immediate Release
Jan. 7, 2021
Contact:
Angelica Luna-Kaufman
(713) 429-2104
angelica@harrisdemocrats.com