Source: Chris Gentilviso / The Huffington Post
A GOP lawmaker is embroiled in some controversy after a racially-charged comment he made against Medicaid expansion.
The Virginian Pilot reported Tuesday that Virginia state Sen. Frank Ruff (R) spoke out against expanding that service, comparing it to a “tar baby.” Ruff’s comments came at a breakfast held by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.
The following day, Ruff told the newspaper that “he meant nothing racial.” He also apologized to Danville, Va. Mayor Sherman Saunders, who is African American.
In a Wednesday statement, Democratic Party of Virginia Chair and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones called for a formal apology from Ruff, saying he chose to “use a divisive and inflammatory term.” The incident comes days after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vowed he would fight for Medicaid expansion, “if it’s the last thing I do.”
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