Harris County GOP chairman who made racist Facebook post resigns

The Republican chairman of Texas’s largest county has resigned from his post after less than four months on the job amid a racist scandal that dogged the beginning of his tenure.

Keith Nielsen, who became chairman in March, quickly faced public outcry for an image he posted on Facebook that juxtaposed a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. next to a banana.

Nielsen originally said he would forfeit the position but later reversed his decision and took the job in August, The Texas Tribune reported.


Nielsen submitted a letter of resignation to the party's secretary on Monday, but it is unclear why he was stepping down now, according to the Tribune, which noted his letter was not available.

Rolando Garcia, a member of the Harris County GOP’s advisory board, said Nielsen’s resignation would be effective immediately. His successor will be chosen by the county party’s executive committee.

Harris County, home the state's largest city of Houston, has increasingly become blue, The Texas Tribune noted. President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE won the county by 13 points in the Nov. 3 election, winning more of the vote there than Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE did in 2016.

Still, Trump won the state, earning 52 percent of the vote to Biden's 46 percent.

Some Democrats had hoped the state, like Georgia and Arizona, would turn blue this year, but the Republican base in the Lone Star State remained strong.