Politicians usually pick their words carefully to appease their constituents. They often use inflated language to get their point across, but not too extreme as to alienate anyone.
Republican lawmaker Jim Wheeler from Nevada took his metaphors a bit far when explaining his job.
The Las Vegas Sun reported on Monday that a video has surfaced from August of Wheeler saying that he is so loyal to his constituents that he would essentially vote yay on slavery if it was the majority opinion.
“That’s what a republic is about. You elected a person for your district to do your wants and wishes, not the wants and wishes of a special interest, not his own wants and wishes, yours,” Wheeler said according to the report.
The answer was a response to a political blogger’s hyperbolic question back in 2010 in criticism of some of Wheeler’ claims to have no political agenda.
Many took Wheeler’s example seriously and questioned his fitness to represent United States morals and values.
Democratic Senator Aaron Ford from Las Vegas responded to someone’s tweet about the video with disbelief.
@LauraKMM You're joking, right?
— Sen. Aaron D. Ford (@AaronDFordNV) October 28, 2013
Other members of the assembly and Republican Party referred to his comments as “disgusting and unacceptable”.
Wheeler tried to clarify his point to the Sun and clear any rumors of his stance on racism.
“I don’t care if every constituent in (Assembly) District 39 wanted slavery, I wouldn’t vote for it. That’s ridiculous,” he said
Wheeler said he regretted the remark. His website even put up a press release that focused on the statement.
"If my comments were taken with offense by anyone, I sincerely apologize. Iintended the statement as an extreme example of something unacceptable, andhope that’s how it’s taken," Wheeler said in the release.
This was revealed just days after GOP precinct official Don Yelton made several racist and demeaning remarks against African Americans, college students and Democrats in an interview with satirical news program “The Daily Show”.
Yelton mentioned that “lazy blacks” and college students would be affected because they refused to get a proper ID.
He was asked to resign his position early last week by the rest of the Bumcombe county GOP.