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Mitt Romney calls on N.H. police official to resign

Mitt Romney owns a home in Wolfeboro.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Mitt Romney owns a home in Wolfeboro.

NEW YORK — Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for the resignation of a New Hampshire police commissioner who used a racial slur in describing President Barack Obama.

The former Massachusetts governor joins political leaders and residents in the New Hampshire town of Wolfeboro in asking Robert Copeland to step down.

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Romney owns a home in Wolfeboro. He says in a statement, ‘‘The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign.’’

A resident says she overheard the 82-year-old Copeland use a slur a restaurant and wrote to the town manager. Copeland acknowledged using the slur and says he will not apologize.

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Officials say resignation is the only way to get Copeland out of office before his three-year term expires.

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