Oklahoma State and Republican Majority Leader Dennis Johnson took to the floor this week to share his experience as a small business man and discussed how some people will try to “Jew down the price” of goods. In the background, legislators are seen laughing but there are clearly some who object because Johnson then adds “I apologize to the Jews. They are good small businessmen as well.”
The casual use of this slur suggests that it is a common expression for Johnson. This follows a Kansas politician casually discussed “nigger-rigging” in a videotape. After Johnson discussed people trying to “Jew down” prices and then apologizes, he tells members to just move on. I am not sure that that will be quite so easy for most people to just move on with the co-majority leader using such a term.
In his campaign for reelection, Johnson proclaims that “as a successful husband, father, businessman, civic leader and church leader, Dennis has brought and will continue to bring integrity and common sense to the House of Representatives.” Common sense seems to be a work in progress for Johnson.
Given his apology, what else do you think should be done? Is the apology enough or should there be a formal censure or even expulsion resolution in such cases?