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(Top, Kendall County Democratic Party logo; bottom, Kendall County Republican Party logo)

UPDATE:

The Kendall County Republicans and the Kendall County Democrats may work together to plan a joint community event in the near future, following Sunday's incident in Oswego.

As WSPY reported, several statements were issued and social media posts were made Sunday by Kendall County's political parties following an incident prior to an Oswego parade where a volunteer associated with a Republican candidate allegedly made a "Nazi salute" and shouted, "Sieg Heil" at the Kendall County Democratic Party.

14th District Congresswoman Lauren Underwood was walking with the Kendall County Democratic party at the time.

Kendall County Democratic Chair Julie Gondar denounced the action in a statement and she spoke with WSPY about the incident.

Additional statements indicated that the individual alleged to have used the hate speech was an associated volunteer with primary congressional candidate James Marter, who is seeking election in 2020.

Marter and Kendall County GOP Chair Joe Gillespie both issued responses, apologizing and also denouncing the action.

Gillespie also called the gesture, "reprehensible." He added, "however the gesture was intended, behavior such as this has no place in the Republican Party."

Gillespie and Marter both said the individual will no longer be allowed to attend Kendall County Republican Central Committee or affiliated events.

The two chairs may get together to work on a joint-event now. Kendall Dem Chair Gondar had thanked Gillespie for his "thoughtful and prompt response to the incident."

ORIGINAL:

Several statements were issued and social media posts were made Sunday by Kendall County's political parties following an incident prior to an Oswego parade where a volunteer associated with a Republican candidate allegedly made a "Nazi salute" and shouted, "Sieg Heil" at the Kendall County Democratic Party.

The incident was first tweeted about by CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti who was following Democratic 14th District Congresswoman Lauren Underwood in Oswego on Sunday.

Shortly before 11:00 a.m., Mariotti said in the tweet that when the group passed the Kendall County Republican float they were greeted by a man who used the hate speech and made the gesture. 

The incident led to more discussion after several hundred retweets and shares. Congresswoman Underwood tweeted about the incident saying, "I want to be very clear: hate has absolutely no place here." 

Kendall County Democratic Chair Julie Gondar denounced the action in a statement. She said, "I am calling on the Kendall County Republicans, asking for a formal apology and asking them to denounce and distance themselves from that particular GOP candidate."

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The statement additionally read, "Kendall County is a growing community. There is room for discussion and disagreement. But this hateful rhetoric is inexcusable and must be addressed immediately."

Gondar spoke with WSPY about the incident on Monday morning. 

Additional statements indicated that the individual alleged to have used the hate speech was an associated volunteer with primary congressional candidate James Marter, who is seeking election in 2020. 

Marter and Kendall County GOP Chair Joe Gillespie both issued responses, apologizing and also denouncing the action. 

Marter, who was the former Republican Party chair, said, "we both apologized to the Kendall County Democratic party for this person’s bad behavior, and we will no longer be affiliated with the person, who is not a precinct committeeman." 

Gillespie also called the gesture, "reprehensible." He added, "however the gesture was intended, behavior such as this has no place in the Republican Party." 

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Gillespie said the person will not be permitted at Republican Central Committee events or events of affiliates. 

On Sunday, Kendall Dem Chair Gondar's statement called for the apology from the Kendall County Republicans which she thanked them for. 

You can view the full statements and posts, above.