GOP groups condemn commissioner who uttered slur

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.

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