A national Republican official has been caught on video saying voters in Detroit get picked up at pool halls and barbershops and bused "from precinct to precinct where they vote multiple times." Ron Weiser, finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, and a former Michigan GOP chairman, also said that someone not from Detroit would not want to go to the polls there at 6:30 a.m. "without a sidearm."
The Detroit Free Press reports that the video of Weiser's Aug. 9 comments were recorded by a Democratic operative shadowing GOP congressional candidate Kerry Bentivolio to a meeting where Weiser also spoke. The video was given to the Free Press and posted on YouTube by the Michigan Democratic Party.
Weiser said there were African Americans present at the meeting and the comments "were never intended to be racist comments." He apologized if he offended anyone.
But that's not enough for Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett), a former Republican policy advisor and now a fierce GOP critic. "What Republicans really think of minorities--too busy playing pool and drinking beer to vote," Bartlett tweeted.
Via The Detroit Free Press.