Lena Taylor

Black lawmaker says she is victim of 'political lynching'

A black Wisconsin state senator accused of using offensive language in an argument with a bank teller said Wednesday that she's a victim of a "political lynching" and will not quit the Legislature.

Sen. Lena Taylor said her interaction with a Wells Fargo bank teller whom — according to witnesses — she called a "good house (N-word)" during a check-cashing dispute has been mischaracterized. The teller also is black.

Taylor again disputed those accounts and said she used a different word that's similar to "Negro." She says she often refers to friends as "my kind of Negro."

"I say it at all the time," she said.