Man, these guys seem to be coming out of the woodwork. A commissioner in Salina County, Kansas is in hot water after being taped in a session saying that if they’re going to renovate a county building they should hire an architect rather than “nigger-rigging” it.
Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile said it was a “bad choice of words” Tuesday when he used the expression “nigger-rigging it” in a heated discussion with Commissioner John Price.
Gile, 68, who is serving his first term after taking office in January, used the phrase during a discussion about whether to hire an architect to design repairs to the county’s Road and Bridge Department building.
In a recording made by County Clerk Don Merriman of the study session, Gile, who is white, can be heard to say the county needed to hire an architect to design the improvements rather than “nigger-rigging it.”
His comment brought laughter from others in the room. Salinan Ray Hruska, who attends most commission meetings and study sessions, asked Gile what he said.
“Afro-Americanized,” Gile replied…
Gile said Friday that he meant to say “jury-rigged.”
“I had it (jury-rigged) on my brain and this came out,” Gile said. “It was a bad choice of words. I’m sorry.”
Yeah, because those two words sound so much alike.