Charlton L. Allen, Pat McCrory's controversial nominee
for the state Industrial Commission answered
questions yesterday in front of irate Senate Democrats
in the Commerce Committee about his racist, anti-semitic,
anti-Arab acts and anti-worker views.
Allen rebuffed accusations of anti-semitism by saying his grandfather
liberated Jews from concentration camps during World War II.
The questioning was spurred by an INDY article
yesterday's paper exposing Allen's past exploits as a UNC grad student and as founder of the provocative conservative campus journal, the Carolina Review.
The Mooresville lawyer and former head of the Iredell County Republican Party
called the INDY article "grossly unfair" and said it "mischaracterized" him.
He was shielded from many of the Democrats questions by
co-chair of the commerce committee Sen. Wesley Meredith.
Greg Flynn, a public policy researcher, has authored a post
bringing to light Allen's dubious views and misuse of homophobic smear tactics
as political weapons. As head of the Carolina Review at UNC, Allen
attacked the Gay Straight Alliance with giant inflatable sheep, equating
homosexuality with bestiality, and put up signs around campus that said
"God Created Adam and Eve—Not Adam and Steve."
Ian Palmquist, a Carolina student and member of the gay-straight
campus alliance at the time said, "I do remember Carolina Review
under his leadership putting
out some really horrible homophobic things that contributed
to an unwelcoming environment on Carolina's campus. It's
disappointing to see someone like that appointed to a powerful
position within this administration."
Flynn revealed that in Allen's 2012 candidate questionnaire for NC Family
Policy Council, Allen doesn't believe in providing homosexuals legal
protections in areas like housing or employment.
He further stated that he believes a person's religious beliefs should
influence a person's
political decisions in office.
Flynn further revealed that in 2004, as Chair of the New Hanover Republican
Party, Allen ran anti-gay smears against Julia Boseman, running for a state
senate seat, suggesting she would pursue a "liberal, activist, homosexual agenda"
writing phrases like "known lesbian activists" and "radical homosexual
rights and privileges."
Boseman went on to win the State Senate seat.