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Alaska Lawmaker Apologizes for Racial Slur

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Rep. Don Young, the gruff Republican veteran who represents the entire state of Alaska, apologized Friday for referring to Hispanic migrant workers as "wetbacks" in a radio interview.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:41 am
Definately a big No No if you want to keep your job


Jason S (50)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:05 pm
Good posting , thanks

John B (185)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:43 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Jim Abrams. Mr. Young is an idiot plan and simple. Here is a link to a petition asking him to resign because of his offensive remark:
Read and noted.

Dana W (9)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 8:54 pm
My mom always taught me to think before opening my mouth. Many of our nations' politicians would do well to follow this practice. I don't think his apology is sincere anyway, but political expediency.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:51 am
So he should.

Joe R (190)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:02 am
Time to put this man out to pasture.

. (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:06 am
Time for him to get out of politics. If he can't control himself, he needs to go.

Scott haakon (4)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:55 am
BFD. Not all need to be politically correct.

Ro H (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:26 am

Esther Z (94)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:47 am
Just another Republican showing his true colors! Thanks, Cal, for the post, and John B. for the petition link.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 1:20 pm
He can apologize until he tunes blue in the face.......this one word tells how he really views Hispanic migrant workers and it's shameful.

. (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 2:14 pm
These politicians always apologize if they think it hurts their chances of reelection. What they said first is what they believe and meant to say. It is just so sad that they will only do anything to help us if it benefits them by getting money or reelection. Otherwise they have no interest in making this country better.

. (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 2:17 pm
Does Alaska ever put out any good politicians? Stevens - criminal. Palin - idiot. Young -racist. So far, they're doing great.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:14 pm
Thank you. Young must resign;; he is not worthy of to be a part of our government.

Devon Leonar (54)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:05 am
What lip service... What a sad sorry impoverished person.............. Hope the folks in Alaska get out and oust this sleezy character out of office ASAP.......

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:59 am
"...His use of the word drew swift criticism from fellow Republicans working to temper the party's hardline positions on illegal immigrants and to improve GOP standing among Hispanic voters."

"Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said the party offers a "beacon of hope" for those seeking liberty around the world and that Young's remarks "emphatically do not represent the beliefs of the Republican Party.""

While Boehner said "offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds." warranting an immediate apology.

There was no apology from Young until Republican/Teabaggers insisted he apologise several days later. Seems he walked into their little charade of trying to pitch woo to Hispanic voters with his oversized mukluks..

Thanks John B for the link. Signed

Racism should be given no quarter, anywhere. Falling back on this derisive term as being used in the mid 20th century, only proves that Young is incapable of adapting, learning, and respecting others.

Patricia H. (440)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:02 am

Laura H (964)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:35 am
Disgusting but not surprising; he is a Republican after all!!

paul m (93)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:41 am


Carol D (346)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:10 pm
Does Alaska ever put out any good politicians? Stevens - criminal. Palin - idiot. Young -racist. So far, they're doing great.

Don Young has been a wonderful Congressman for Alaska. How many other politicians have said things that they wished they hadn't!? Don't we ALL say something at one time or another we wish we could take back!? If we say no we are lying to ourselves and others! Don Young has worked FOR the people of Alaska and gotten many things done for them!! Unfortunately not the case with Obama and look at the stupid remarks he has come up with along with Biden! Besides what he said by saying wetbacks is the same thing that many others have said and yet nothing is said about that. Not that it makes it right but at least he had to balls to apologize!! And it was a sincere apology!!

As far as Sarah Palin being an idiot...have you noticed how many thing Sarah has said long before the actual claim came out that she was in fact correct on what she has said!? if not then you have not been paying attention! Sarah is another one who fights FOR the people..not against them! And you have seen nothing of her yet!! She will be a force to reckon with and I support her 100%!!

It's best to not throw rocks from a glass house!!

Susanne R (235)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:50 pm
From the article: "Young said he plans to run for re-election next year, saying he doesn't know anyone who can do a better job than he does in representing the state."

Sadly enough, based on the caliber of politicians from Alaska, he might be right.
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