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Bacchiochi apologizes to Walker, he accepts

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UNCASVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

One day after Penny Bacchiochi accused fellow lieutenant governor candidate David Walker of a racial motivated whisper campaign, she apologized for what she labeled a misunderstanding.

On Thursday Bacchiochi went on WTIC-AM radio and said "I have a black husband, black stepsons. I'm devastated and shocked by that."

When asked by Eyewitness News which of the two other candidates had made those remarks, she identified Walker's campaign as being responsible.

On Friday evening both Bacchiochi and Walker issued statements together on the issue.

Bacchiochi said "I regret that this misunderstanding occurred and has taken the focus away from what is really important, electing a Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor.  Neither Dave Walker nor his campaign made any insensitive remarks toward me or my family.  I apologize to Dave and his family. Dave and I have met and agreed to put this matter behind us, and to focus on the critical work of the convention."

Walker in accepting the apology said, "I accept Penny's apology and I believe she issued it with all sincerity.  I look forward to a healthy debate on the issues and our qualifications moving forward."

The controversy began just hours before the Connecticut Republicans met to nominate their candidates to challenge the Democrats in the upcoming November election.

Party leaders are scheduled to vote Saturday on who will be the nominee for lieutenant governor, Bacchiochi, Walker or former Groton mayor Heather Somers.

Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola said, "I'm pleased that Penny and Dave have resolved this matter. Now we can move on to the reason we are all here this weekend, to nominate our candidates."

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