Oklahoma lawmaker apologizes on House floor for ethnic slur

The Oklahoma House member says his comments were hurtful, careless and unintentional.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: April 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013
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Johnson said: “This was a serious offense and I have no excuse for using such a thoughtless phrase. It will not happen again. I am sorry and I ask forgiveness of the House, this chamber. It does reflect on us negatively. I accept that.”

Democratic and Republican House members applauded after Johnson finished his apology.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, said House Democrats are grateful that Johnson took the time to stand before the House and apologize.

“His comments were clearly offensive and beneath the dignity of the House of Representatives,” Inman said. “His actions we believe are the restitution that's necessary to move us forward.”

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, called the incident unfortunate.

“I was personally offended by what was said,” he said. “We are all Oklahomans and we have to be sensitive especially in the Legislature about comments that are made.”