Carolyn Maloney -- Was pol quoting the n-word offensive?

Rep. Carolmn Maloney (D-NY)
Carolyn Maloney is a New York Democrat.

She has come under fire recently, after quoting the 'n-word' in an interview with a reporter.

From an article at the New York Times:

During an interview with a political Web site called City Hall, Ms. Maloney repeated the caller’s remarks, which included a slur sometimes used against black people, about Senator Gillibrand. Ms. Maloney plans to challenge Ms. Gillibrand in the Democratic primary for United States Senate next year.

According to Ms. Maloney, the caller, a man from Puerto Rico, said that he was offended by Ms. Gillibrand’s support of English-only policies in education and that Ms. Gillibrand’s discussion of the issue during one appearance was like using the racial slur against a Puerto Rican.

Shortly after the remarks appeared on the Web site, Ms. Maloney issued a statement through her campaign apologizing, even as Ms. Gillibrand’s political allies pounced on the comments.

“I apologize for having repeated a word I find disgusting,” Ms. Maloney said in the statement. “It’s no excuse but I was so caught up in relaying the story exactly as it was told to me that, in doing so, I repeated a word that should never be repeated.”

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