Her name is Audra Shay, and on Saturday, she was elected as the next Chairperson of the Young Republicans.
Some people may question whether or not a 38-year-old is truly a “young Republican.” That’s not fair. Clearly, this woman is immature beyond her years. John Avlon of The Daily Beast has been on her trail, and on Friday, he posted a scathing article uncovering some of Shay’s most absurd comments on the social networking site Facebook.
Young Republicans, meet your new leader:
* In October 2008, in the wake of news that an effigy of Sarah Palin was being hung outside an affluent Hollywood home as an offensive Halloween decoration, Shay replied, returning to the “LOL” style that she employed after the “coons” comment: “What no ‘Obama in a noose? Come on now, its just freedome [sic] of speech, no one in Atlanta would take that wrong! Lol.”
She picked up the thread again the next morning with a clarification and a new insight. “Apparently I could not spell last night. I am wondering if the guys with the Palin noose would care if we had a bunch of homosexuals in a noose.”
* Posting and endorsing a conspiracy-theory video that attempts to prove that Obama believes he can only “ensure his own salvation” and “fate” if he helps African Americans above whites, complete with Barnum-esque captions (“LISTEN AS HE ATTACKS WHITE PEOPLE”).
* Numerous posts in which Shay says that President Obama is “anti-American” and has “disdain of this country.”
A newly discovered Facebook thread from June 30 shows her Obama Derangement Syndrome in full bluster, when she reacted with extreme displeasure with Obama’s cautious stance on the Honduran crisis.
“This is an outrage and I CAN NOT believe this nation has him as our leader! It makes me sick!” She posted a few minutes later: “My disdain for Obama is directly proportionate for his disdain of this country.”
By the way, Shay was endorsed by Governor Bobby Jindal (as well as Congressman Cao and Congressman Cassidy), and as Oyster points out, in 2006, Shay was the Chairperson of the Greater New Orleans Republicans, which publicly endorsed Democrat Ray Nagin for Mayor of New Orleans.
Here’s a picture of Ms. Shay with Congressman Steve Scalise: