The Republican National Committee will decide its new leader this Friday and opponents are taking advantage of Katon Dawson’s former membership at a whites-only country club. The South Carolina GOP chair had hoped to ride out the controversy, but committee members are being reminded of the stain on his record and the message it could send to voters if he’s elected.

Opponents of South Carolina chairman Katon Dawson were e-mailing around a fictitious USA Today front page mock up with the projected the elite reaction to Dawson’s becoming chair; “RNC Members Choose Whites Only Chairman.”