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Idaho House candidate apologizes offensive Facebook comment

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Update:  Idaho legislative candidate Jake Stephens has apologized for a Facebook post he made saying he was out hunting Mexicans. Stephens issued a statement Friday night to the Idaho Press-Tribune

"Today, the media posted a story regarding a conversation I had with a Hispanic friend from October," he wrote. "Although it was an attempt at humor, it was in bad taste and is not indicative of who I am. My comment was offensive and disrespectful to our Hispanic community and for that, I am truly sorry. This, in no way represents my true appreciation for my Hispanic friends and neighbors and their contributions to the state of Idaho."

Previous coverage:

Idaho legislative candidate Jake Stephens says he was joking when he wrote on Facebook that he was out hunting Mexicans. The comment was posted underneath a picture of Stephens dressed in full camouflage and holding a rifle.
    
Stephens, a Republican, is running against first term Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth, in the upcoming May 17 primary election. Stephens says he was teasing a close friend, who is Mexican, while commenting on his own profile picture back in October.
    
In the comment thread, Anthony Guerrero asked Stephens if he was out hunting rabbits. Stephens responded, "Nope just Mexicans. Lol."
    
Stephens added that he had no plans to delete the comment because he is not politically correct. However, less than an hour after talking to The Associated Press on Thursday, the photo was no longer publicly available.

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