RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's Democratic Party wants a GOP state senator to apologize for comments he reportedly made to a Republican gathering about gays and blacks.
The Statesville Record & Landmark quoted Sen. Jim Forrester of Gaston County as telling the Iredell County Young Republicans on Tuesday that "slick city lawyers and homosexual lobbies and African-American lobbies are running Raleigh" - a reference to state government.
Democratic Party Chairman David Young called Forrester's comments "hate-filled speech" that "are the lowest and worst type of politics." He wants state GOP leaders to demand an apology.
Forrester's office said he wouldn't be available to respond until late Thursday.
Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger didn't agree with the remarks but said it was up to Forrester on an apology.
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