A Boise Republican legislative candidate wrote he was "happy to delete another American hating muzzie" July 27 as he posted a photo of another Idahoan he apparently blocked on his personal Facebook page.
"Of course he lives here and benefits from our great nations' (sic) tax benefits," Kevin Rhoades wrote about the man. "But he hates people like you. His book teaches him to."
Rhoades is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Sue Chew in District 17. The post with the Muslim slur was on his public Facebook page — though he later deleted it after a Statesman query, writing, "Apparently my last post was a bit too much for the socialist left."
Rhoades, a former MMA cage fighter, told the Statesman via email he does not run from negative issues, and his statement does not walk back his use of the term "muzzie."