Texas election judge fired over Facebook post with slur

Randy Smith appearing at Dallas County Commissioners Court to plead for reinstatement (Dallas County video feed still)

DALLAS (AP) — An election judge in Texas has been fired for a Facebook post that included a racial slur.

The Dallas Morning News reports that during a Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, Randy Smith initially told officials he didn’t remember what he had posted.

A county official displayed an iPad in front of Smith showing comments he had made last summer that included a derogatory term for blacks. Smith then acknowledged he made the comments but asked for leniency.

Smith had worked for nearly 20 years as a Democratic Party election judge, supervising a polling place on election days.

After the meeting, the 43-year-old said he had been angry because he had been stabbed by a black man at a group home and was exercising his “constitutional right.”

Smith’s appeal to the commissioners can be see here, beginning 124 minutes into the session.

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