Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis apologized for hurling racial slurs at a woman in a parking lot over the weekend, but maintained that he did so because he felt threatened by the passengers in the car.
The woman told WTVJ that that the commissioner began hurling insults at her in the parking lot of a Publix on Sunday, where he “began calling her and her passengers ’N*ggers’.” Galatis gave a Standard Issue Notpology about the incident, saying that he “may have” used the racially charged invective, but said he was “protecting myself from the immediate threat.” Galatis said in a statement that:
[box type=”shadow”]I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say. I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.[/box]
His wife rallied to the defense of her husband; Donna Galatis explained what happened in the parking lot when WTVJ reporter Jamie Guirola caught up with them at their family home. When asked what transpired, Donna shot back: “What did they say to me? ‘White bitch, I’ll slice you up’.”
The neighbors aren’t convinced that the confrontation deserved the slur, though:
[box type=”shadow”]“Unfortunately that just doesn’t go,” one neighbor explained. “I mean, it’s unfortunate you can’t say words like that and take them back. You know you got to pay the price. Donald Sterling just paid the price for what his situation was.”[/box]
Galatis is a registered Republican and announced that he will seek re-election, and hasn’t given any indication he is going to resign.
You can watch the WTVJ video below:
According to WTVJ, it began with the woman honking at Ted Galatis while he was in the Publix parking lot, but the incident happened after the woman had followed Galatis home.