A GOP candidate for the Colorado House dropped out of the race Thursday after reports that he had ties to white supremacy movements as well as an arrest record.
The Denver Post reported Nate Marshall, who was nominated by the party five days earlier, said he "didn't think things all the way through" when he decided to run unopposed for the GOP spot.
As the Post reports:
The 42-year-old construction manager said he isn't media-savvy, and he thought he would have time to explain his arrest record on his campaign website and also go through and clean up some of the things he had posted on the Internet.
He made derogatory comments about Muslims, gays and members of Occupy Denver.
The Post also found that in July 2013, the group Rocky Mountain Antifa, which tracks white supremacist activity, called out Marshall for trying to organize an event for white nationalist and neo-Nazis.
In 2011, Marshall was investigated in connection with a Craigslist rental scam; charges were dropped after he paid restitution to the victim.
Jefferson County GOP Chairman Bill Tucker called for Marshall's resignation Thursday morning, after learning of the candidate's background, Fox 31 in Denver reported.
“The values of the Republican Party -- family, community, care and tolerance -- are not compatible with Marshall’s views, and we condemn the hateful words and actions associated with him,” he said in a statement.
Before Marshall's record was called out, he was in the news with a comment from his nominating assembly, where he said he is "100 percent opposed" to abortion. Many at the assembly were vocal in their opposition to his view.