A Republican chairwoman of the Iowa GOP, who earlier this month was endorsed by Donald Trump for president, is joining the campaign to oust House Speaker David Ralston, according to a report by The American Conservatives.
The endorsement, which was announced on Friday, comes after Ralstons recent comments criticizing Iowa’s GOP chairwoman, Rep. Beth Moore, who he called “the worst member of the caucus.”
Ralsten previously criticized Moore, saying she had been an “embarrassment” to the party, The Des Moines Register reported.
“It’s time to take on Beth Moore,” Ralstone said in an interview with the Des Moines Bee on Wednesday.
“We need her out.”
“We are not going to sit by and let someone else, somebody who has been so negative and negative for so long, who has spent her life telling us that we have failed and we have to be better,” Ralsons first response to the backlash to Moore was, according the Deseret News, “I think that it’s time for someone who has never been involved in politics to stand up and speak up.”
A source told the paper that Moore was also criticized for saying she would have voted for Trump had she not been black.
“The fact that she would say that, in my opinion, is a slap in the face to black voters and to all people of color,” said Rep. Joe Schiavoni, R-Seward, in a statement.
“I would like to see her removed from office immediately.”
Rep. Jeff Miller, R, Iowa, said Moore’s endorsement would “open the floodgates for the Democrats.”
Ralsston has said Moore is “a liar” who should be fired and that she has “never had any responsibility for anything” and has only been an active member of caucus.
Ralstrom has not responded to The Associated Press’ request for comment on Moore’s future.