Heath Shuler Denies Hearing Racial Slurs At Capitol Protest

Rep. Heath Shuler is denying a report that he heard racial slurs yelled from a crowd of angry health care protesters outside the U.S. Capitol.

On March 20, black Democratic congressmen John Lewis, Andre Carson and Emanuel Cleaver said they heard the N-word as they walked to the Capitol to vote on health care. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who is gay, said he was called an anti-homosexual slur.

On March 23, the Hendersonville (N.C.) News-Times published an interview with Shuler, D-N.C. The story said Shuler was walking with Cleaver and heard racial epithets. The Associated Press, after Shuler's office did not return phone calls or e-mails, quoted the News-Times report Wednesday in a story on the controversy over whether racial slurs had been shouted.

On Wednesday, Shuler told the AP that he heard slurs against Frank, but not Cleaver.


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  • by ???? Location: Williamston on Apr 16, 2010 at 01:44 AM
    T N S that is all .. Just T N S
  • by Where ? Location: Winterville on Apr 15, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    Where are all the posts accusing him of being a liar? Dems can't criticize their own? Or is it deep down you know the tea party stories are all made up and there is no racism occuring there. Except of course the left wingers who are there to cause trouble and pretend they are tea partiers.
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