BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton says she accepts an apology from the state Democratic Party chairman.
Jay Jacobs came under fire for remarks some called offensive and insensitive.READ MORE: NYS Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs Apologizes For Comments About Buffalo Mayoral Primary Winner India Walton
Jacobs was asked about refusing to endorse Walton, who calls herself a Democratic Socialist.READ MORE: Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Calls For Write-In Campaign Following Loss In Democratic Primary
During an interview, Jacobs used a comparison to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke to explain his decision.
“Initially, I was disappointed, but also, I’ve not always said the right thing at the right time, so I extend a lot of grace to Mr. Jacobs,” Walton said. “I think that had he had an opportunity to know who I am and what kind of person I am, he wouldn’t have made that type of parallel.”MORE NEWS: Socialist Community Activist India Walton Defeats Incumbent 4-Term Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown In Democratic Primary
Jacobs says his comments were wrong and said he should have used a different example.