Oklahoma State Rep. Dennis Johnson (R) argued for State Senate Bill 550 on Wednesday, which would legalize low-price retail sales for large retail stores such as Walmart, and end up putting smaller companies out of business in numerous states.
During his speech, Johnson used the slur “Jew me down” on the state House floor, reports NewsOK.com. Johnson was claiming that small businesses could beat the price difference with good customer service.
“People come back to you, they like what you do, they like the service they get," said Johnson. "And they don’t ask me, they might try to Jew me down on a price, that’s fine. You know what? That’s free market as well.”
Johnson apparently didn't realize what he said as he continued speaking, even making the dubious claim that small stores could buy merchandise at lower prices than large stores.
Finally someone told Johnson that he had made an offensive comment and he paused to apologize.
“Did I? I apologize to the Jews,” Johnson said. He then added: “They’re good small businessmen as well.”
“I made an offhand reference that was inappropriate and I know that it hurt some folks,” said Johnson, after the House was adjourned. “I acknowledge that. I regret that. I apologize for it. It was unintentional.”
During the same session, there was a debate over another bill which would provide deeper savings for film companies to shoot movies in Oklahoma, reports TulsaWorld.com.
However, State Rep. David Dank argued passionately against the bill, claiming that 99.9 percent of the people who work in the film industry are "pro-abortion."
"Let's bring them in with all their sex and violence," Dank said. "Probably 99.9 percent of the people we're rebating money to are pro-abortion."
Dank provided no proof for his abortion statement.