Supremacist video causes stir at West Virginia Attorney General’s office
PARKERSBURG – An assistant communications director for the West Virginia attorney general who appeared years ago in a video promoting a white supremacist viewpoint no longer works for the office.
Carrie Bowe appeared in the “STOP White GeNOcide Video” on YouTube talking about the difference between the way people view minorities advocating for minorities and whites advocating for whites.
“The employee in question is no longer a member of this office,” Curtis Johnson, a spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, said in a statement requested about the Bowe situation.
“The employee’s conduct and statements, which occurred years before being employed by the Attorney General’s Office, were not previously disclosed until today (Thursday), which is contrary to the transparency requirements for being a member of this office, do not reflect the opinion or the perspective of the Attorney General or this office,” Johnson said.
The 6 minute 32 second video was uploaded to YouTube by Johnny Mantraseed and received 183,000 views from Dec. 29, 2012 to Nov. 10, 2013. It was removed from YouTube and re-uploaded on Dec. 25, 2013, and now has over 260,000 views.
Bowe on Tuesday on her Facebook page said she was involved in a project that may be “offensive and hurtful to some – know that was not my intention then and will never be my intent, but I take full ownership of my role in the message.” She doesn’t cite the name of the video.
“Unfortunately, I did not view the finished edit – my understanding of the project was not the reality of the completed product or the malice intentions of its creators,” she said. “And while this action cannot be undone, I am working with all of my power to remove the content.
“I have prayed and mourned about this and I hope others can find the grace to hear my heart. I offer my most sincere apologies,” she said. “Please know that I am TRULY sorry.”
Bowe said she would appreciate prayers.
“P.S. – I sincerely ask should you see something of concern, please do not pass it along or engage in public conversation on the matter,” she said.
Morrisey Thursday on his Twitter account said he learned of the conduct on Thursday.
“I completely reject the conduct and statements made by a former employee of the Office, which I learned about today,” he said.
Morrisey is running for re-election and will be opposed by Democrat Doug Reynolds. Reynolds’ campaign issued a statement condemning the racist remarks “made by Morrisey’s assistant director of communications, Carrie Bowe.”
“The comments by Ms. Bowe are not only disheartening but disgraceful,” campaign spokeswoman Lynette Maselli said. “There is no place in our state for such hate; however, after repeatedly witnessing such contemptible behavior from our attorney general I’m unfortunately not surprised such a person would serve as an extension of his office.”
She cited when Morrisey hired Lance Henderson, a veteran Republican campaign operative. Henderson is a Republican campaign consultant and was paid more than $99,000 from funds generated by consumer protection activities.
“First, he put his political operative on the state payroll, and now a white supremacist works in his communications department,” said Maselli. “This is completely unethical and an inexcusable breach of public trust.”