Jim Wheeler (R- Of Course), a Nevada assemblyman told a crowd of white people at the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August that if they wanted, he would vote for slavery!
Referencing a June 2010 blog post by Chuck Muth speaking of Wheeler’s candidacy, in which Muth asked, “What if those citizens decided they want to, say, bring back slavery? Hey, if that’s what the citizens want, right Jim?“ Wheeler told the gathered crowd that he responded to Muth, “yeah, I would“:
“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 citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for. 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 makes a good point: the people elect representatives to exercise their will. That’s exactly what a Republic is all about. Of course, the people also try to elect representatives with a conscience. The people exercise the trust in elected representatives that they will know when something is wrong…or even unconstitutional.
Wheeler claims he is being falsely portrayed as a bigot by “liberals” who are trying to “frame” him by spreading the video of him speaking those exact words around the internet. Why people might get the idea that he’s a bit of a bigot, no one will ever know. It certainly would not be that he referenced a return to slavery as something he would do for them!
He purports that he was simply trying to make the point that his constituents will is important to him…which could have been done without a pledge to vote for slavery if they wanted him to do so.
Wheeler backpedaled on his remarks:
“I don’t care if every constituent in (Assembly) District 39 wanted slavery, I wouldn’t vote for it. That’s ridiculous.”
Which is it, Jim? Is the will of your constituents somehow less important now that you are facing scrutiny from even your own party? You know–the party that overwhelmingly supported the gutting of the Voting Rights Act?
Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) said that Wheeler’s comments were “insensitive and wrong.”
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, in a statement, called Wheeler’s words “deeply offensive,” and said that they have “no place in our society.”
State Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson (R) feels that “It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work.”
We couldn’t agree more, Mr. Roberson. We couldn’t agree more.
Watch the Video of Mr. Wheeler’s Remarks Below: