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Mississippi Lawmaker Gene Alday Apologizes For Racist Comments

02/18/2015 04:13 pm ET | Updated Feb 18, 2015
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A Mississippi lawmaker apologized on the floor of the state House of Representatives on Tuesday for accusing African Americans in his hometown of being lazy and receiving "crazy welfare checks."

State Rep. Gene Alday (R) initially said that his remarks had been taken out of context and that he didn't have a problem with African-Americans in his hometown.

"I didn't do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior," Alday said on Tuesday. "I value the relationships I've made with everyone in this House."

Mississippi lawmakers, including Gov. Phil Bryant (R), distanced themselves from the comments. On Tuesday, Alday's apology was met with applause on the House floor, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Alday's apology came after he made inflammatory comments to The Clarion-Ledger earlier this week.

"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call 'welfare crazy checks.' They don't work," he told the paper. Alday also said that during a trip to an emergency room, he had to wait for hours because "they (black people) were in there being treated for gunshots."

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