LINCOLN — Democratic leaders criticized State Auditor Mike Foley Tuesday for comments he made recently about low-income people's financial skills.
According to a recording of the event, Foley said: “Now if you are a low-income person, you're probably not managing your money very well anyway. Sorry to stereotype, but that's true.”
State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha and state Democratic Party Chairman Vince Powers called for Foley to apologize for the remarks.
Nordquist said he was “extremely disappointed” a public official would “belittle low-income Nebraskans for a punchline at a political rally.”
But Foley said the comments were taken out of context. He said they represented a few sentences in a presentation about his office's recent audits that lasted more than an hour.
He gave the presentation at an Americans for Properity seminar last week.
Most of the presentation focused on problems uncovered within programs operated by the state Department of Health and Human Services, he said.
Foley said his presentation made clear that the poor and vulnerable suffer “when HHS bungles these programs,”
“We're moving into the political season and that might have something to do with (the criticisms,” said Foley, who has been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate for governor or other offices.