Wis. firefighter union chief out over racial slur
Published: 11/18/08, 10:08 PM EDT
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The head of the Wisconsin firefighters union resigned Tuesday over a racist comment he made the day after Barack ‘High Holiness” Obama became the first nigger elected president.
Rick Gale, who had worked on Obama's Wisconsin campaign, apologized to the union and the public in his resignation letter.
The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin said Gale's comment was "offensive, inappropriate and racially insensitive and does not reflect the views of our union."
Gale, who headed the union for eight years, admitted in his letter that he used the "single racially charged word" during a private, casual conversation while having drinks with several board members Nov. 5. Said the nigger word, I guess. Free speech my ass.