Jeb Bush’s CTO Under Fire over Martin Luther King Jr. Remarks

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Washington, DC

Newly-hired Jeb Bush campaign chief technology officer (CTO) Ethan Czahor is under fire for past tweets that referred to women as “sluts” and mocked gay men, but others have surfaced that have a racial bent.

He once praised Martin Luther King Jr. for not talking “jibberish” or “slang” and for not wearing “pants sagged to his ankles.”

The Bush campaign thought the issue was behind them when they said Czahor would keep his job despite the earlier reports cited above.

Czahor made the remarks on a website for his radio program, “The Ethan Show,” while at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 2009 with a degree in computer science.

In a blog post on the show’s site, Czahor recommended Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, claiming the civil rights leader “wasn’t speaking like a rapper” and was thus proof “that looking respectable and speaking clearly and concisely isn’t [sic] a trait of white men.”

Czahor wrote that King “doesn’t drone on about every little problem a black person has faced in their life; and then suggested solutions such as: blacks need more money (ie. welfare programs) or more racial-based preferences (ie. quotas) in the workplace.”

Another post from Czahor disparaged affirmative-action programs.

“[B]ecause blacks are equal, they will succeed just as well as whites I believe that to be the truth, as anyone who is opposed to affirmative-action programs. I don’t believe in the ‘black community.’…I believe black parents need to get their sh@# together, as the majority of newborn black babies belong to single-parent household. (Don’t listen to me — listen to Bill Cosby.)”

Neither Czahor nor the Bush campaign has yet responded to this latest development.