Saturday, March 30, 2013

ABC: Raul Labrador Silent on Racial Slur From Alaska Congressman

Posted By on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila reported late Friday that Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador was resolutely quiet about the comments made by Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, who provoked a firestorm after calling migrant workers "wetbacks."

Young's racial slur aired during a public radio interview in his home state:

"I used to own—my father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes," said Young. "You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now."

The following day, Young said that he meant "no disrespect." When his first statement didn't seem to satisfy even members of his own party, Young released another statement just a few hours later, saying, "I apologize for the insensitive term."

Some of the GOP's top leaders weighed in on the comment.

Arizona Sen. John McCain called Young's comments "offensive," while Texas Sen. John Cornyn said, "There is no excuse for ignorance." Speaker of the House Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner said Young's remarks were "beneath the dignity of the office he holds."

But Avilla wrote Friday that comment from GOP Hispanic Republicans was still missing, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Idaho's Labrador not answering repeated emails and phone calls on the issue.

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