(CNN) – The chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party, the largest county party organization in South Carolina, said Thursday that the lawmaker who called Nikki Haley a "raghead" should be expelled from the state party.
State Sen. Jake Knotts used the slur in the final days of the Republican gubernatorial primary, which Haley won by a wide margin. Haley is of Indian-American descent and was raised Sikh, but converted to Methodism.
Greenville County GOP chairman Patrick Haddon, who also serves as First Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said he will motion for Knotts' expulsion at the next meeting of the state party's executive committee.
"I cannot sit idly by and watch our Party be torn apart by Senator Jake Knotts' bigotry," Haddon said in a statement. "This is the harshest penalty the Party can impose, and it is more than justified in this situation."