Ark. GOP calls candidates' statements 'offensive'


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans are speaking out against "offensive" statements by a GOP state representative who is running for re-election and a former GOP legislator running for a state House seat.

The state GOP chairman, the Arkansas Republican House Caucus and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin issued statements Saturday criticizing books written by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and former legislator Charlie Fuqua, who is running for a Batesville-area seat.

Hubbard self-published a book in 2009, in which he wrote slaves were better off in America than they were in Central Africa.

Fuqua's 2012 book says there is "no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States."

Griffin contributed $100 to the candidates and says he wants that money donated to charity.

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