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Alleged racist phone calls ignites words war in lieutenant governor race

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David Walker claims he's under fire for comments he did not make. (WFSB photo) David Walker claims he's under fire for comments he did not make. (WFSB photo)
Penny Bacchiochi claims Walker called delegates to tell them she wasn't a good candidate because her husband was black. (WFSB photo) Penny Bacchiochi claims Walker called delegates to tell them she wasn't a good candidate because her husband was black. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A former White House official running for lieutenant governor said his opponent was lying about racial comments he allegedly made.

With the Republican state convention set to start Friday, a fire storm of words erupted between David Walker and Penny Bacchiochi.

Bacchiochi said Walker was trying to sabotage her campaign. Walker, however, said it's the other way around.

"It is desperation tactics on behalf of a desperate candidate," Walker said.

Bacchiochi said Walker allegedly called delegates and told them she was not a good candidate because her husband was black.

"And because I am such a strong candidate, I'm facing tremendous negative attacks by my opponent," Walker said.

Bacchiochi went on WTIC radio Thursday and claimed she was the one under attack. She said Walker was the one trying to ruin her campaign.

"I have a black husband, black stepsons," she said. "I'm devastated and shocked by that."

"I would never say anything about that," Walker responded. "I've never said anything about that nor would I ever condone anybody on my campaign. I'm the only person to my knowledge who is calling delegates."

Walker said Bacchiochi needed to come up with facts or an apology.

"She needs to provide names of who said what to whom when I believe this is totally and utterly false," Walker said.

Bacchiochi declined an on-camera interview with Eyewitness News and did not return any phone calls.

Walker said her comments put a black eye on his campaign.

"She can't run on her own qualifications," he said. "This is the third time she's tried to attack me for various reasons."

Eyewitness News reached out to several Republicans to see if they received such a phone call from Walker. So far, none said they received one.

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