Allegheny County Republican chairman makes an offensive joke.
GOP leader Roddey sorry for 'retarded' remark
August 9, 2012 12:00 am
By James O'Toole / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jim Roddey, the Allegheny County Republican chairman, has apologized for an election night joke in which he quipped that a supporter of President Barack Obama was "retarded."
Mr. Roddey, the veteran GOP leader, was speaking Tuesday night at state Rep. Randy Vulakovich's victory celebration in the special election to fill the North Hills state Senate seat vacated after former Sen. Jane Orie's conviction for using state resources and staffers in campaigning.
"I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him," Mr. Roddey said. "And I felt badly -- he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, 'Sir, here's a place.' And he said, 'That's a handicapped space.' I said, 'Oh, I'm so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.' "