Black lawmakers demand Biden disavow surrogate’s comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Black lawmakers in South Carolina are calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to disavow statements from a longtime friend and campaign surrogate that they say are racist. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus called on Biden to distance himself from state Sen. Dick Harpootlian on Wednesday. Harpootlian had tweeted about Federal Election Commission filings showing Black Caucus Chairman Jerry Govan receiving “almost $50,000” from Steyer’s campaign, and he referred to Steyer as “Mr. Money Bags.” The Black Caucus contends Hartpootlian was suggesting that Govan could be bought. Harpootlian dismisses that characterization of his remarks. Biden’s campaign declined to comment.