Former Transportation Committee chairman uses racial epithet

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Young has subsequently issued an apology for the remark, which has been disavowed by Republican leaders trying to boost their standing with minority voters.

"During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect," Young said in a statement to the Alaska Dispatch.

The Hill’s Justin Sink has more on Young’s comments here.