This post has been updated.
Mitt Romney slammed the Wolfeboro, N.H. police commissioner for calling President Obama the n-word and refusing to apologize.
“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community,” Romney, who owns a vacation home in Wolfeboro, said in a statement to the Boston Herald published on Saturday. “He should apologize and resign.”
After a town resident complained that she heard Police Commissioner Bob Copeland use the n-word when referring to Obama, Copeland confirmed that he did use the word.
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic),” he wrote in an email to the resident, obtained by Manchester TV station WMUR. “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
Wolfeboro residents are also demanding that Copeland resign. Town Manager David Owen told WMUR that although he believes the police commissioner’s comments were “reprehensible,” he doesn’t have the authority to remove Copeland.
Correction: The headline of this post initially referred to Copeland as a cop. He is not a police officer, but sits on the town’s police commission, which oversees the police force’s budget and salaries.
[H/t Huffington Post]