Date: August 20, 2009

New York congresswoman Carolyn Maloney used the "N" word in an accusation against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Hillary Clinton's replacement in the New York Senate, who she perceived to be flip-flopping on the issues. When recalling a story she had been told about Gilbrand, Maloney repeated it verbatim, saying, "It was like saying n***er to a Puerto Rican."

Unsurprisingly, Maloney caught serious flack for using the word; she was quick to show remorse, though. "I apologize for having repeated a word I find disgusting," Maloney said in a statement. "It's no excuse but I was so caught up in relaying the story exactly as it was told to me that, in doing so, I repeated a word that should never be repeated."