Oklahoma Republican Rep. Dennis Johnson apologizes for anti-semitic remark on House floor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker from Duncan has apologized for a derogatory remark he made toward Jewish people while debating a bill on the House floor.

During debate on Wednesday, Rep. Dennis Johnson used the word "Jew" in the context of negotiating a lower price for an item.

After several legislators remarked on his comment, Johnson apologized on the floor. He says he later apologized to the Speaker of the House and offered to deliver an apology on the floor.

The 59-year-old told reporters afterward that the term was something he heard frequently as a youngster and that the comment "was just something that came out from the wrinkles of my brain."

Rabbi Vered Harris of the Temple B'Nai Israel in Oklahoma City says the term in that context is "clearly derogatory."

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