Nevada Lawmaker Says He’d Vote for Slavery if His Constituents Wanted It

Here’s what happens sometimes when politicians speak off the cuff. A Nevada state lawmaker says he would vote in favor of slavery if that’s what his constituents wanted. He has since retracted that statement.

Mediaite reports Nevada Republican Jim Wheeler was talking about his vote in favor of a bill requiring DNA testing for felony convictions. He gave an “aye” vote despite opposing the measure because his constituents favored the bill.

“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” he said to a group of Storey County Republicans. “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.”

He has retracted that statement, saying he would resign before voting in favor of slavery.