Shay won the post despite the fact that she had come under heavy criticism for approving of a racist comment made by a friend on Facebook. When her friend Eric commented, “obama bin lauden is the new terrorist….muslim is on there side …..need to take this country back from all these mad coons…….and illegals,” Shay responded: “You tell em Eric! lol [laughing out loud].”
When asked about the controversy by Bill Maher last night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Shay needs to be “immediately” dismissed:
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, LOL. I hope LOL stands for something other than what I’ve been taught that LOL stands for. I mean, that’s obviously something that the National Republican Party should step in on immediately and relieve her of her responsibilities. That’s inexcusable. [crowd applause] And that’s the sort of thing, if somebody writes it, she needs to be relieved at once.
The flap over the racist comments seemed to help Shay get elected. The Indianapolis Star reported that many young Republicans flocked to Shay’s side to defend her against what they viewed as “just political mudslinging.”
Shay offered this reasoning in her defense: “An individual posted two comments on my Facebook wall, the first comment arguing against big government, and the second filled with racially charged comments. … I responded supporting the individual’s first post. … I was not aware of the racial comments until sometime later, when a third individual brought it to my attention.”