A video recorded secretly during a tea party meeting this summer in Michigan shows the finance chair for the Republican National Committee making disparaging comments about voters in Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press reports Sunday that it obtained video of Ron Weiser's Aug. 9 talk in Milford, northwest of Detroit, from a Democrat shadowing a Republican congressional candidate.
Weiser said Detroit's influence on state elections has decreased because the city's population has dropped and there's no longer a strong mayoral "machine" that can get some voters "to stop playing pool and drinking beer in the pool hall." He added: "And it does make a difference."
Some Detroit leaders and state Democrats say the statements are racist.
Weiser told the newspaper that his comments were "never intended to be racist."