- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Democratic National Committee member is resigning after criticism he used the phrase “colored people” at a party meeting.

John Parker is also stepping down from his position as Duval County Democratic Party committeeman.

He’s come under criticism after reports he used the term during a county party meeting in Jacksonville in January. Parker said in his resignation letter that he misspoke and his comments were misunderstood.

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Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo and others had called for Parker to resign.

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