NV Assemblyman Responds to Criticism Over Slavery Remark

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Governor Brian Sandoval issued this statement: "Assemblyman Wheeler's comments are deeply offensive, and have no place in our society.  He should retract his remarks and apologize." 

Senator Dean Heller says, "“Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments were insensitive and wrong. As an elected representative, it is Assemblyman Wheeler’s responsibility to protect Nevadans’ civil liberties at all times. Such statements have no place in public discourse.” 
 
NV Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick: "Assemblyman Jim Wheeler's comments that he would vote for slavery if his constituents wanted it are reprehensible and disgusting. There is no place in our political discourse for comments of this kind. Assembly Republican leadership should denounce these comments and Assemblyman Wheeler should apologize."

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada assemblyman under fire for saying he'd vote for slavery if that's what his constituents wanted says his remarks to a Republican group this summer are being taken out of context.

In the video on YouTube from the August meeting, freshman Republican Assembly Jim Wheeler of Minden says he'd have to hold his nose and vote for slavery if that's what his constituents wanted.

Contacted by phone Monday, Wheeler says he was trying to make a point that he's elected to represent his district. He says he wasn't condoning slavery.

But his remarks touched off a whirlwind of condemnation from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval says Wheeler's comments are "deeply offensive," and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller says they were "insensitive and wrong."


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