From WASHINGTON WIRE at THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (June 8, 2010):
The Lexington County Republican Party has scheduled a meeting Thursday evening to discuss if, or how, to respond to state Sen. Jake Knotts’s racially derogatory remarks aimed at President Barack Obama and South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.
“We already got one raghead in the White House. We don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion,” Knotts said on an Internet political talk show last week.
Haley is an Indian-American, and she would be the first non-white to be elected to the state’s governor’s mansion if she wins this fall.
COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX, AP) — Lexington County Senator Jake Knotts has again apologized but refused to resign for calling the Republican gubernatorial front-runner Nikki Haley and President Obama “a raghead.”
“I am not going to resign under any circumstances,” Knotts said told his fellow senators at the State House Tuesday.
Knotts said he has been called names, including redneck, in the past. He said he’s proud to be stereotyped as a redneck, and is honored by the true meaning of redneck — someone who gets sunburned from working long hours outdoors.
“If all of us rednecks left the Republican Party, the party is going to have one hell of a void,” Knott said.