Thanks to the efforts of Republican lawmakers, the House of Representatives slapped down a resolution Thursday that called on presidential candidate Rick Perry to apologize for a hunting camp used and leased by the Texas governor's family called "Niggerhead." The resolution also called for Perry to publicly condemn the camp's name.
In a bill clearly seeking to stoke the furor over the Perry camp name, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) on Thursday introduced a privileged resolution based on Sunday's investigative piece by the Washington Post that quoted multiple anonymous sources saying the Perry family had not acted swiftly to efface the offensive slur from a rock prominently placed at the camp site. Perry has repeatedly insisted that the family had indeed painted over the name after they started leasing the camp. Jackson noted that Perry had long hunted at the camp and reportedly brought guests to the location when it still bore the offensive name.
In the resolution, Jackson denounced the name as "morally offensive," and called on Perry to apologize for not "immediately doing away with the rock." He also demanded that Perry condemn the use of the word, and disclose the names of all guests he took to the camp. Jackson also asked Perry's 2012 competitors who haven't condemned the camp name to speak out against it.
However, House Republicans summarily tabled the measure--meaning that it will not come up for a full floor vote--by a vote of 231 to 173. Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas was the lone Democrat to side with Republicans on the motion.
Even though Jackson's resolution is dead, it remains one of many reminders that fallout from the Post's investigation will continue to trouble Perry.
In his account to the Post of how his family effaced the name on the rock in 1984, Perry did flatly announce that "Niggerhead" is "an offensive name that has no place in the modern world."
On Wednesday, Perry took to Fox News to hit out at the Post, claiming the story spread "misinformation."
"I think there were very much some strong inconsistencies and just misinformation in that story," Perry said on Fox. "I know for a fact that in 1984, that rock was painted over. It was painted over very soon--my family did that."
"We painted over that rock and it stayed that way. I have no idea where or why people would say that they had seen that rock, because that's just not the fact." You can watch the interview below.