Mitt Romney

This March 15, 2013 file photo shows former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is calling for the resignation of a New Hampshire police commissioner who used a racial slur in describing President Barack Obama.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, joins some political leaders and residents in the New Hampshire town of Wolfeboro in calling for the resignation of Robert Copeland. Romney owns a home in the town.

He says in a statement, “The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign.”

A resident says she overheard the 82-year-old Copeland use a slur in March and wrote to the town manager. Copeland acknowledged using the slur and says he won’t apologize.

Officials say resignation is the only way to get Copeland out of office before his three-year term expires.

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