SACRAMENTO — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman announced Saturday she was severing ties with an elected official who described himself as a "proud racist."
The Whitman campaign disavowed Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar's remarks a day after state Democrats called on the former eBay chief executive to distance herself from Kellar.
At a recent rally in Southern California, Kellar blamed illegal immigrants for harming the economy.
Kellar recalled Theodore Roosevelt once said the United States had room for one flag and one language -- English. He said he mentioned the former president's remark at a City Council meeting several years ago.
"The only thing I heard back from a couple of people was, 'Bob, you sound like a racist,' " Kellar told the rally. "I said, 'That's good. If that's what you think I am because I happen to believe in America, then I'm a proud racist. You're darn right I am.' "