PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce on Wednesday called his previous domestic violence comments “ignorant” and “dangerous.”
Pierce was booed during a gubernatorial debate on Friday when he said, “a woman that has a great education and training and a great job is not susceptible to this kind of abuse by men, women or anyone.” The comment came after Gov. Kate Brown said she was a victim of domestic violence.
Following his comments, Stacey Kafka, his press secretary, resigned on Monday. She said, “As a young woman, I was greatly offended by what was said at the Portland City Club (debate), and that is why I am no longer with the Bud Pierce campaign.”
On Wednesday, Pierce called his earlier comments “dangerous” and “ignorant.” He then apologized to anyone he offended by saying individuals could prevent domestic violence by achieving good economic status.
“This is wrong, as domestic violence occurs in all economic groups,” he said.
Pierce explained that domestic violence had not occurred in his or his wife’s family, so he had little exposure to it. Over the last few days, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said he had been researching domestic violence and speaking with people to help him learn more about the issue.
He has since said that places of refuge from domestic violence must be easy for victims to access and called for shelters to be supported.
“My eyes have been opened, and I’m now joining the battle against domestic violence,” Pierce said.