NAACP demands apology over Sullivan comments

May 07, 2014 -- 10:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Anchorage NAACP is demanding Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Sullivan apologize for comments likening required payment of union dues to slavery. The organization's president, Wanda Laws, said in a release that to compare slavery to current political issues "diminishes how horrible and tragic" it was. Laws responded to comments Sullivan made during a candidate forum Monday. He was asked about right-to-work legislation, in which employees aren't required to join a union to get or keep a job. According to a video of the exchange, Sullivan said no one should have to basically "pay a fee" to get a job. He said "we got rid of slavery a long time ago." Sullivan on Wednesday said he didn't think an apology was necessary. He said he was talking about "economic slavery."

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