August 30, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska lieutenant governor hopeful Dan Sullivan is apologizing if he offended anyone with his use of the term "slavery" in comments he made about the payment of union dues.
But in a statement late Wednesday afternoon, the Republican says he remains opposed to rules compelling mandatory union membership for certain work, which he considers a form of "economic slavery."
Sullivan's remarks come after the Anchorage NAACP demanded an apology. During a candidate forum Monday, Sullivan said no one should have to basically "pay a fee" to get a job. He said "we got rid of slavery a long time ago."
He said earlier Wednesday that he didn't think an apology was necessary, saying there are many forms of slavery and that his comments were not related to race.
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