S.C. lawmaker censured for 'raghead' comment

South Carolina state Sen. Jake Knotts (R) has been officially rebuked by his county Republican Party for referring to a GOP gubernatorial candidate as a "raghead." 

The State reported the motion passed by the Lexington County Republicans also asked Knotts to resign, but he refused Thursday night. 

Knotts used the term on an Internet radio show last week to describe state Rep. Nikki Haley, the front-runner in the state's GOP gubernatorial primary. Her parents are Indian immigrants. 

“This is not a Republican Party, this is a libertarian party,” Knotts said. "This is nothing but politics. I’m not resigning. I could care less."

The lawmaker brought up the fact that the Lexington County GOP did not rebuke Gov. Mark Sanford (R) last year after it was made public he had secretly traveled to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair. 

"We've already got a raghead in the White House, we don't need another raghead in the governor's mansion," Knotts said last week. 

He later said that he was making the comments in jest.