Nevada Lawmaker: Just Joking about Slavery Comment?

Oct 30, 2013 11:49 AM

(AP) - A Nevada assemblyman is apologizing and criticizing the media as he tries to explain his explosive comments that he would vote to allow slavery if that's what his constituents wanted.

In a statement Tuesday, Republican Jim Wheeler says his comment this summer to a Republican group in Storey County was facetious and an extreme example of his belief that elected officials should vote how their constituents want them to.

Wheeler of Minden offered an apology if anyone was offended.

Wheeler's comments surfaced Monday in a YouTube video and were swiftly denounced by Nevada's top elected Republicans and Democrats alike.


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