Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young will remain co-chairman of Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor’s gubernatorial campaign despite inflammatory comments Young recently made about Jews, Asians and Arabs, a spokesman for Taylor confirmed today.
“The key is he is our chairman and he will remain as our chairman,” Taylor spokesman Rick Dent said.
“Mark Taylor finds the comments regrettable. Ambassador Young has apologized and taken responsibility for what he said,” Dent added in a written statement. “Mark hopes that this unfortunate incident will not diminish the ambassador’s more than 50-year record of fighting for fairness and equality for every citizen, both in America and abroad.”
As campaign co-chairman, Young, a civil rights icon, has appeared in Taylor’s television and radio campaign ads. Dent added that Young has “played an important role in outreach to the African-American community, the business community and to the religious community.”
Taylor’s retention of Young stands in sharp contrast to an incident during the recent Democratic Primary. In that instance, Taylor’s campaign insisted that former Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Cathy Cox fire her campaign manager after he doctored information in Taylor’s biography on Wikipedia to include information about his son, Fletcher, 22, who was indicted June 14 on charges of felony drunken driving in South Carolina.
The campaign manager, Morton Brilliant, resigned under pressure from Cox.