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Schaffer's son apologizes over Facebook slogans

8:55 PM, Aug 4, 2008   |    comments
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Nineteen-year-old Justin Schaffer is studying economics at the University of Dayton and had placed the icons on his Facebook.com home page.

A photo of the younger Schaffer's Facebook.com home page was taken within the last two days, and an unknown party created a Web site, www.schafferfamilyvalues.com, to display the page publicly. The image with the slavery caption is over a picture of the pyramids and is posted below links to his father's campaign page on the Web site.

"I deeply regret that I displayed offensive items on my Facebook page," he wrote in an e-mail to 9NEWS and in a statement he posted on his Facebook page. "These materials have been removed. I apologize to everyone who was offended and humbly ask for your forgiveness.

"I do not agree with the sentiment or content of the offensive material, especially the 'bumper sticker' that references slave labor. It is clear that my actions were juvenile, disrespectful, and a mistake on my part.

"The offensive materials directly contradict the values that my parents taught me and are forbidden in my parents' home. My Facebook page is solely my responsibility, and I am saddened that my actions have reflected poorly on my sisters and parents."

His father spoke to 9NEWS on the phone after an event in Glenwood Springs Monday evening and said, "My wife and I have initiated a process of firm and severe discipline with our son."

When asked if he supported the idea regarding slavery that his son displayed on his page, Schaffer said, "Of course not."

He said any conversations between he, his wife and his son would remain private.

Justin Schaffer and his siblings were shown in his father's first campaign commercial, and the family is displayed on his campaign Web site (http://bobschafferforsenate.com/).

Schaffer's opponents in the race include Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colorado), Green Party candidate Bob Kinsey and Constitution Party candidate Douglas Campbell.

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