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NAACP wants apology over pol’s slavery comment

By Associated Press 10:25 AM May 7, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –

The Anchorage NAACP is demanding Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Sullivan apologize for comments likening required payment of union dues to slavery.

The organization’s president, Wanda Laws, said in a release that to compare slavery to current political issues “diminishes how horrible and tragic” it was.

Laws responded to comments Sullivan made during a candidate forum Monday. He was asked about right-to-work legislation, in which employees aren’t required to join a union to get or keep a job.

According to a video of the exchange, Sullivan said no one should have to basically “pay a fee” to get a job. He said “we got rid of slavery a long time ago.”

Sullivan on Wednesday said he didn’t think an apology was necessary. He said he was talking about “economic slavery.”

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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