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Chair of Texas College Republicans resigns after gay slur caught on video

Chair of Texas College Republicans resigns after gay slur caught on video
Charles McCaslin

A Southern Methodist University student has resigned his post with the Texas College Republicans after a video was posted of him describing getting “hammered,” “hooking up” with a young woman and referring to political opponents using a gay slur.

The SMU Daily Campus reports:

Charles McCaslin, SMU junior and chairman of Texas College Republicans, has resigned as chairman after a video was posted of him saying he and Alex Schriver, a candidate for national [College Republican] chairman, got “hammered” and he “hooked up” with a girl. He then called Schriver’s opponents “nerds” and “fags.”

The statements were given in a speech at an after party for the Texas College Republicans convention in the form of an endorsement speech for Schriver, the current vice-chairman of national CR. At the end of the speech, Schriver stands up, holds up his glass and says, “To Charlie!”

The video (below) was posted on YouTube by InnovateCRNC, the committee supporting Schriver’s opponent for national chairman, Jonathan Snyder, a student at Ohio State University.

McCaslin, a Hunt Scholar at Southern Methodist University, formally resigned in a letter to Texas College Republicans.

“I cannot continue my work for the party in this capacity,” he wrote. “The mistakes I have made have put my colleagues, my friends and school in harm’s way and they do not deserve to be part of such a bitter cycle.”

Schriver is now distancing himself from McCaslin’s comments, calling the speech “inappropriate and highly offensive” and said “it is possible that some could incorrectly interpret my actions to be supportive” of the remarks.

Snyder is calling for Schriver’s resignation as well.

“Having a Chairman who is willing to accept and then toast degrading remarks about women, homophobic slurs and juvenile behavior against anyone is unacceptable,” said Snyder.

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