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4:02 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Tourism Boycott Threats Follow Racist Comments By Wolfeboro Commissioner

The iconic sign welcoming visitors to Wolfeboro, NH.
The iconic sign welcoming visitors to Wolfeboro, NH.
Credit Goldeneye via Flickr CC

New Hampshire officials are getting hit with calls, emails and tweets reacting to racist comments made by a town police commissioner.

Jim Bouley, mayor of the capital city of Concord, said the reaction from as far away as California included threats to cancel vacations in New Hampshire. The calls started Thursday after news reports detailed comments by Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, who admitted using the N-word to describe President Barack Obama.

New Hampshire tourism spokesman Tai Freligh says his office also has gotten complaints about the comments.

 

Copeland has been unapologetic and refused calls to resign. On Friday, the town manager and board of selectmen said they want Copeland, who was elected in March to a 3-year-term, to step down.