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Republicans want Alabama Democrats to call off Bill Maher fundraiser

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Republicans in Alabama are now calling on the Alabama Democratic Party to cancel an upcoming fundraiser with HBO’s Bill Maher because of the comedian’s history of “disgusting rhetoric.”

“They couldn’t have chosen someone more capable of spewing vile and offensive rhetoric that denigrates women and people of faith,” said Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead on Wednesday.

Bill Maher is slated to be the keynote speaker at a March 17 reception in Huntsville in honor of Democratic Party chairman Mark Kennedy, a former associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court.

Maher is known for making sexist statements about conservative women, including calling former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a “c-nt” and a “dumb twat” on separate occasions.

“How could he possibly promote someone with his hate-mongering track record?” Armistead asked. “Judge Kennedy needs to cancel this event, repudiate Maher’s ridiculous and inflammatory statements and apologize to the people of Alabama for inviting a man of such low character to emit his provocative and disgusting rhetoric.”

Bradley Davidson, the executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, did not immediately return a request for comment from TheDC on Wednesday.

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