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Racial Slur in Ward Eight Campaign

3:22 PM, Aug 11, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A political campaign in the District's Eighth Ward turned nasty last weekend when one of the candidates called her opponent a "Dumb N****r as a video camera rolled, the recording ending up on You Tube.

The contest is for one of the ward's Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner spots and pits veteran Mary Cuthbert against political newcomer Larry Pretlow, who happens to be her next-door neighbor.

As Pretlow was campaigning along Martin Luther King Avenue,SE on Sunday, he encountered Cuthbert on the front porch of a neighbor's home.

The two candidates argued briefly and when Pretlow turned to leave the porch Cuthbert shook her head side-to-side and muttered " dumb N****r."

"I just gasped out of shock. I'm not used to that language, wasn't brought up around that kind of language, didn't hear it at home. Friends don't use that language with me.

"I think it's unacceptable and I was just appalled that I heard it from a commissioner as in a person of my skin tone," Pretlow told 9NewsNow.

The incident has given Pretlow an issue.

I believe that she called me that because she lacks better judgement. She's under

pressure. She feels challenged by me. She's acting out of anger and, from what I hear, it's a part of her. It's her. That's who she is. She reacts that way. She has no self control. She says whatever she feels," Pretlow said.

9NewsNow repeatedly asked Cuthbert to explain her remarks. When asked, she walked away.

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