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September 09, 2008

Second GOPer Makes "Uppity" Slip

What is it with those Georgia Republicans? As if Rep. Lynn Westmoreland's comments calling Barack and Michelle Obama "uppity" last week weren't enough, now a candidate hoping to join Westmoreland in Congress is accused of using the same word, commonly seen as a racial slur.

Retired Air Force Major General Rick Goddard, running against vulnerable Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall, described MSNBC reporter Ron Allen, who is African American, as "uppity" on a Macon radio show, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Goddard had just returned from the Republican National Convention where former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had "disarmed a very uppity newscaster who tried to question him on the capabilities and leadership of Governor Palin." The audio is available here.

"A member of the media dropped all pretense of objectivity during an interview with Newt Gingrich to arrogantly launch an attack on Gov. Sarah Palin's experience, to which Rick came to her defense and simply evoked a word -- that by definition -- described the reporter's demeanor as being superior, arrogant and presumptuous," Goddard spokesman Tim Baker told the AJC. "To try and smear Rick's character by suggesting that he meant anything other than the definition is ludicrous."

Judge for yourself whether the exchange between Allen and Gingrich was a reporter dropping "all pretenses of objectivity" by watching the video here.

Westmoreland said he didn't think the word "uppity" had any racial connotations, and Goddard, running in a district that is about one-third African American, maintains his own innocence. Still, other Republicans can learn from the goofs: Don't call anyone uppity.