Texas College GOP chair resigns after using gay slur in speech

Sun. April 3, 2011 11:40 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Dallas - Charles McCaslin, a Southern Methodist University student and the chairman of the Texas College Republicans, has resigned after being caught on video giving an endorsement speech during which he used a gay slur.

McCaslin was attempting to put in a good word for Auburn student Alex Schriver, who is running to be chairman of the national College Republicans.

McCaslin said he and Schriver "got hammered," talked about "hooking up," talked about a girl having sex on a table and referred to opponents as nerds and f***, according to the Southern Methodist student newspaper, which broke the story.

The speech, which was given at an after party at the Texas College Republicans convention in Austin, was posted online by Schriver's opponent for national chairman.

At the end of the speech, SMU's newspaper said, Schriver stood up, raised his glass, and said, "To Charlie!"

"I cannot continue my work for the party in this capacity," said McCaslin in a letter of apology sent to the student newspaper. "The mistakes I have made have put my colleagues, my friends and school in harm's way and they do not deserve to be part of such a bitter cycle. "I have committed the last year of my life to the betterment of College Republicans. In this instance, my actions were wrong."