He continued talking until a fellow lawmaker told Johnson what he had said.
"Did I?" Johnson asked. He apologized, saying that Jews were "good small businessmen as well."
Johnson apologized again after the House had adjourned.
"I made an offhand reference that was inappropriate and I know that it hurt some folks," he said. "I acknowledge that. I regret that. I apologize for it. It was unintentional."
The lawmaker said he grew up hearing the term and that "it just came out of one of the wrinkles of my brain."
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