Nebraska Democratic Leaders Call for Apology from Auditor Foley

State Auditor Mike Foley

Nebraska Democratic leaders have taken issue with comments made by Republicanstate auditor Mike Foley.

Foley made a comment last week during a speech hosted by Americans for Prosperity that low–income people lackmoney–management skills.

State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist and Democratic Party Chairman Vince Powers said Foley should apologize for his remarks, saying the remark shows a lack of understanding ofNebraska residents living paycheck to paycheck.

"Mike Foley owes the morethan 200,000 hard-working Nebraskans that live in poverty an apology for usingthem to gain political points to win the favor of a radical group," Powers said in second call for an apology.

Foley says the comment was taken out of context and does not require an apology. He says the comment came from an hour-and-a-half speech, in which he criticized the state for the way it managed an energy-assistance program for low-income residents.

Auditors found that the state sent nearly $8 million federal payments directly to customers, instead of their utility companies as required.