GOP groups condemn commissioner who uttered slur

Jim Gile

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – The chairman of the Saline County commission says the right thing to do is to forgive another commissioner who used a racial slur in a public meeting.

Commission Chairman Randy Duncan said Friday that commissioners have not pressured Jim Gile to resign, noting he has apologized. Duncan says the next step is up to Gile.

During a hearing last week, Gile used a variant of a racial slur to imply a job done sloppily or hastily. When asked what he meant, Gile replied: “Afro-Americanized.”

The Kansas Republican Party and the Kansas Young issue statements Thursday to the Salina Journal criticizing Gile. They said his comments were offensive and did not reflect the party’s beliefs.

They also condemned the commission for not objecting to them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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