A Republican gubernatorial candidate for Utah is facing backlash after using a photo of his glasses to promote his campaign.
Jim Oberholtzer posted the photo on his Facebook page in July and quickly attracted controversy, prompting him to apologize.
He said the glasses were “a way to represent me as a true Republican and a Republican-lite, as well as show my commitment to being a leader and a governor,” according to a statement released by his campaign Tuesday.
The campaign later clarified that Oberholter had no intention of promoting the glasses as part of his campaign message.
But it wasn’t the first time the campaign’s use of the glasses had caused controversy.
In August, the candidate, who is running in a crowded Republican primary, was accused of wearing a pair of glasses in the campaign photo, prompting criticism from some who called the photo a “racist” display of power.
In a statement, the campaign said it had removed the glasses and was sorry if anyone had felt uncomfortable.
“Our campaign is about bringing Utah’s people together and we believe the glasses have been a great way to demonstrate our commitment to making Utah a welcoming and safe place to live and work,” the statement read.