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.”