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‘Douche du Jour’– Republican Texas State Rep. Larry Taylor on Windstorm Victims: “Don’t Try to Jew Them Down”

A Republican state representative in Texas has apologized after using an anti-Semitic  slur while admonishing lawmakers to promptly compensate windstorm victims.

Taylor (L), with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, no stranger to racial controversy himself.

According to the Texas Tribune, State Rep. Larry Taylor, who represents District 24 (League City and environs), spoke at a legislative oversight hearing Thursday concerning prompt compensation for windstorm victims. “Don’t nitpick, don’t try to Jew them down,” Taylor implored the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

Taylor, who is running for a seat in the state Senate, caught himself– sort of–, adding “that’s probably a bad term.”

Probably. The sad thing is, no one present raised any objections to Taylor’s anti-Semitic remark.

The comment did draw a rebuke from State Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Ft. Worth).  “If Larry were a state employee, he probably would have been fired today,” he told the Tribune. “Instead, Larry is asking Texas voters to give him a promotion to the Texas Senate.”

Taylor has now apologized: “At a legislative oversight committee hearing today, I inadvertently used a phrase that many people find offensive,” he said. “I corrected myself immediately when I realized what I had said. I regret my poor choice of words and sincerely apologize for any harm they may have caused.”




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  1. Ms. MNovember 4, 2011 at 1:04 pmReply

    Apologizing for something like that doesn’t really work. Once the words have left your lips people know that you had them in your head. You can say sorry but it doesn’t change the fact that that’s obviously a term you would normally use.

  2. Bob CanadaNovember 16, 2011 at 5:11 pmReply

    He should have said “Hey don’t Madoff them’

    • Brett WilkinsNovember 17, 2011 at 8:16 amReplyAuthor

      Ha! Thanks for reading, Bob.

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