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Candidate Garner defends "ethnic cleansing" comment

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A candidate for the District 4 Dougherty County Commission seat is speaking out after controversial comments he made on Facebook about the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

Patrick Garner, an English professor at Darton College, says he's an active Facebook user and was having a conversation on the social media site.

In one post Garner said Israel is doing "ethnic cleansing," not self-defense.

He says his views on foreign policy would have nothing to do with his position as a county commissioner.

"As county commissioners, we make no decision shaping foreign policy. So if elected to county commission, I would have no say whatsoever in this Israeli Palestinian conflict. This is an unnecessary distraction," Garner said.

"if anyone thinks that I'm an anti-Semite, I certainly apologize. But I'm in no way an anti-Semite."

Garner defeated Tracey Taylor for the Democratic nomination in May.

He'll face Republican incumbent Ewell Lyle in the November General Election.

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