An Oklahoma lawmaker who was advocating that the state drop a 70-year-old law protecting small businesses from large retails stores apologized on Wednesday after he used the slur “Jew me down” during a debate on the state House floor.
Republican state Rep. Dennis Johnson on Wednesday insisted to his colleagues that Senate Bill 550, which gives an advantage to large stores by repealing a ban on “loss-leader” selling, would not hurt small businesses because they offered better customer service.
“What you do, you find out what you do better than somebody else and that’s what you market, that’s what you advertise, that’s what you do as a small business and then you get the reward of success,” he explained. “People come back to you, they like what you do, they like the service they get. 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.”
After a few more moments of rambling about how small businesses could buy merchandise at lower prices than large retailers, someone on the House floor advised Johnson that he had made an offensive comment.
“Did I?” he asked.
“I apologize to the Jews,” Johnson added, smiling in response to laughter that could be heard off camera. “They’re good small businessmen as well.”MOAR FAIL at RawStory.