On Thursday, the Reno News & Review highlighted a few shocking columns Hansen wrote. In one column, he said that the "relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies."
Hansen on Sunday called the controversy over the columns a political attack.
"Ultimately, this whole attack has very little to do with my views. The powers that be are planning a massive, more than one billion dollar, tax increase and I stood in the way as Speaker," he said in his statement. "I have already served two terms as an Assemblyman without any of these vicious attacks. It was only when I had risen to leadership that this smear campaign occurred. That is the real reason for this and it is vital the public understands that."
H/t Huffington Post