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Former Miss America and Attorney General Hopeful Erika Harold is Defended by Illinois Governor

Miss America 2003, Erika Harold, announces bid for Illinois Attorney General. Photo: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images
Miss America 2003, Erika Harold, announces bid for Illinois Attorney General. Photo: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images

The 2018 midterm election season and the 2020 upcoming election has everyone digging deep to find out about their political opponent. Former Miss America Erika Harold has been the latest target, and now the governor is coming to her defense.

To catch up, Harold is running for Illinois Attorney General as a Republican during the November election. During the middle of her campaign, word was circulating (from an anonymous source) that during the Illinois state Miss America competition, Harold was asked if she would place a foster kid with either a gay couple or an abusive one. It was rumored Harold chose the latter option during the private interview. (Read further: Former Miss America Under Fire For Miss Illinois Interview)

The Illinois Miss America Organization went on record to say that conversation did not happen and they since denied that this question was even asked. Now the Illinois Governor is coming to her defense.

What is he saying?

Erika Harold, center, a candidate for Illinois Attorney General, is introduced at the Governor's Day rally at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is at left. Photo: Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP
Erika Harold, center, a candidate for Illinois Attorney General, is introduced at the Governor’s Day rally at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is at left. Photo: Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP

Governor Bruce Rauner called the move a “pollical hit job” and reaffirmed his initial endorsement for Harold. She is also endorsed by Illinois’ largest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune.

The election is this November and, during a press conference, Rauner went on to say Harold is a “person of great talent and integrity and goodwill.” He added that the gay adoption could be considered a “good option,” according to Newsweek. (Read: Miss America 2003 Announces Bid for Illinois Attorney General)

What is she saying?

Erika Harold is crowned Miss America 2003 in September 2002 Photo: Miss America Organization
Erika Harold was crowned Miss America 2003 in September 2002. Photo: Miss America Organization

Harold already denied having the conversation exchange during the interview. She did, however, say that what she does remember is “at the time, I would not have supported same-sex adoption, but what I want to make very clear is my position today, which is I strongly support same-sex adoption and same-sex foster parenting.” (Read: Legislator Uses Gay Slur About Former Miss America)

Her Democratic opponent, Pat Quinn (the former Governor himself), says that her comments should have alarmed the whole state.

The anonymous source alleged that the comments are what cost Harold the Miss Illinois title in 2000. Two years later, she would go on to win Miss America 2003.

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