Jeez, I wonder what would have happened if a white Repub said this about a black Dem? Hmmm..... Democrat apologizes for 'slavish' remark POSTED: 9:52 p.m. EDT, October 17, 2006 From CNN's Ted Barrett WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A ranking Democrat in the House of Representative is apologizing for saying an African-American Senate candidate "slavishly" supported the Republican Party. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said he meant no offense when he made the remark about Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the GOP nominee for the seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes. In a statement issued Tuesday, Hoyer said, "I should not have used those words." Hoyer was speaking to a largely black audience at a campaign event for Steele's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin, when he made the comment. Steele's spokesman, Doug Heye, called Hoyer's comments "insensitive and pretty stupid." While Hoyer apologized for the comments, he continued to criticize Steele's support of the GOP. "If Mr. Steele did in fact take offense, let me assure him that none was intended," Hoyer said.