Mitt Romney has called on a police commissioner in New Hampshire to resign after the official called President Obama the n-word.
“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community,” Romney said in a statement to the Boston Herald over the weekend. “He should apologize and resign.”
Commissioner Bob Copeland oversees the police department in Wolfeboro, N.H., where Romney owns a vacation home.
The 2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor is among many calling on Copeland to resign.
Last week, Copeland refused to apologize.
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse,” Copeland said in an email to his fellow members of the three-person police commission, according to the Associated Press. “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who is running for Senate in New Hampshire this time, has also called on Copeland to resign.
“Scott Brown believes Commissioner Copeland’s comments were reprehensible and he should resign,” Brown’s spokeswoman, Elizabeth Guyton, said in an email to the Herald.