STATE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON FORD DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM HECK, NEVADA GOP FOR RACIST TWEET

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September 22, 2016

STATE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AARON FORD DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM HECK, NEVADA GOP FOR RACIST TWEET

LAS VEGAS - Today, State Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford demanded an apology from Congressman Joe Heck and the Nevada Republican Party for a staffer’s racist tweet. In the tweet, Nevada GOP Rapid Response Director John Burke attacked State Senator Kelvin Atkinson, who is African-American, with false allegations, mistaking him for another African-American politician. Within minutes KTNV reporter Riley Snyder immediately fact-checked Burke, and Burke’s tweet was quickly deleted.

“In a year in which Donald Trump has used outright racism as a tool for political gain, I am disappointed to see that Nevada Republicans think so little of African-American leaders that they can’t even tell us apart. Congressman Heck and the Nevada Republican Party should immediately publicly condemn their staffer’s reckless behavior and issue an apology to Senator Atkinson. It is imperative that Congressman Heck and the Nevada GOP make it clear that this type of racism has no place in Nevada.”

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