A Georgia county chairman said on Monday that he would not resign after he was caught making racist remarks on video.
A cell phone recording made by Georgia resident Mark Dodd captured Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan complaining about several African-American candidates.
"Well, do you know of another government that's more black that's successful? They bankrupt you," he told Dodd, adding a warning that sheriff's candidate Tim Pounds "would put a bunch of blacks in leadership positions."
"I'd be afraid he'd put his black brothers in positions that maybe they're not qualified to be in," Worthan said.
At a county meeting on Monday, a defiant Worthan said that he was "coerced into saying it," according to CBS 46 reporter Christian De La Rosa.
"I will tell you, I will not step down," Worthan insisted. "Over 27,000 people elected me to lead this county. I will continue to lead this county. I will continue to stay in the race."
Watch video of Worthan below.
"I was coerced into saying it" says Douglas Co. Chairman Tom Worthan about racist comments on African Americans… https://t.co/NdcxYcQs3I— Christian De La Rosa (@Christian De La Rosa)1475509776.0