US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-4th)
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson is apologizing for using an offensive term while speaking on the house floor on Wednesday.
He was talking about Michigan's new right to work law-- which puts strict limits on unions.
During his address, Congressman Johnson remarked:
"What happens when you put a giant in a cage fight against a midget? The midget doesn't win the fight -- I'm going to tell you that he doesn't carry enough weight to do so. Thirty midgets with that giant and the midgets have a chance."
And on Thursday, Johnson retracted his statements by making the following remarks:
"But, to my discovery, just within the last 12 hours of so, I have found that the use of midget...the use of the "m-word" is no longer socially acceptable."
Congressman Johnson has become famous for his choice of words.
Johnson has held his office since 2006 when he defeated Cynthia McKinney.
An interesting gaffe for a very popular politician.