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)
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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