A Charlotte mayoral candidate appears to want people to know that she’s Republican, smart – and white.
“VOTE FOR ME!” Kimberley Paige Barnette posted on Facebook. “REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL.”
Barnette, who turned 53 on Friday, is a former Mecklenburg County magistrate making her first run for office.
“I’m gonna take it out, it was a mistake,” she said Friday. “I was in there (on Facebook) for a short while.”
The post drew angry responses on Facebook.
“You are NOT doing conservatives or Republicans any favors,” one man wrote.
In a WTVI debate last month, Barnette criticized last September’s Charlotte protesters. She called the protests “an expression of Democratic behavior.”
Asked how the city could help its lower-income residents, Barnette said, “I don’t think we should encourage more lower-income people to (come to) Charlotte.”
“We should attract higher-income people.”
Barnette is a distant long-shot in a GOP primary featuring city council member Kenny Smith and businessman Gary Dunn.