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Source: Raw Story

Jenkins comments were revealed by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

“Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope,” Jenkins told a Kansas crowd. “I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington.”

A tape shows that Jenkins identified three of the alleged leading lights of her party by name: House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). All three men are white.

A Jenkins spokesman, contacted Wednesday by a local paper, said the congresswoman didn’t mean her remarks to be offensive.

“There may be some misunderstanding there when she talked about the great white hope,” Jenkins spokesman Mary Geiger was quoted as saying. “What she meant by it is they have a bright future. They’re bright lights within the party.”

There is a history behind her remarks, Raw Story has the rest.