Kansas candidate slammed for black fathers post

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House candidate is facing criticism for a Facebook post that joked about black fathers.

Republican Cordell Fischer told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he removed the post when he became aware of it. He says his wife tagged him in the post and that it wasn’t supposed to be public.

The post featured a photo of Darth Vader with the caption, “First Black Guy to Admit He’s the Father,” a reference to the “Star Wars” villain telling Luke Skywalker he was his father.

Fischer is running against Democratic Rep. Harold Lane, whose district covers eastern Topeka. Lane says he “found it appalling that anyone would post something so inappropriate.” Both candidates are white.

Fischer, a church pastor, says he apologizes for “whatever it looked like to the public.”