UPDATED: Speaker Ralston Calls For Representative Spencer’s Resignation

Sunday night, Showtime aired the episode of Sasha Baron Cohen’s (Borat) new program that duped Representative Jason Spencer into…embarrassing himself.

The New York Times and the AJC have some background.

The NYT’s Sopan Deb has a recent statement from Rep Spencer regarding his appearance.

House Speaker David Ralston is…not amused. He issued the following statement just after midnight Monday morning:

“The actions and language used on this video are reprehensible. Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately. Georgia is better than this.” —Speaker David Ralston

A resignation at this point is mostly symbolic. Spencer lost his primary election in May to Steven Sainz.

UPDATE FROM SPEAKER’S OFFICE:

“House Majority Leader Jon Burns and House Minority Leader Bob Trammell are discussing filing a joint ethics complaint on this matter.  Any such complaint would be filed in accordance with House Rules and go through the ethics committee process.” –Kaleb McMichen, Communications Director, Speaker’s Office

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Caroline
Caroline

Spencer would have never said all these things unless he was already comfortable saying them. I guess Spencer’s prior comments were not enough for Ralston to ask him to resign? This is not the first time Spencer has done something idiotic.

bethebalance
bethebalance

While I’ve always assumed Cohen would get sued repeatedly, my guess is that the suits don’t succeed because the individuals have a choice, and there is no actual duress. I saw a clip that Matt Gaetz didn’t fall for the whole schtick, so clearly judgment matters. I have to watch now- sounds more embarrassing than coverage of Michael Williams’ campmaign.

xdog
xdog

Like a lot of pols, Spencer is loud, vain, and not as smart as Borat. Maybe if more of them lost reelection bids Ralston would call for more of them to resign.

Gregs
Gregs

There is Noway Spencer resigns. He’s set himself up to be the next Fox News host or Supreme court Justice.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Just when I think I’m out, Jason Spencer charges a– backwards towards a terrorist screaming “AMERICA!” on national television. . For those of you that don’t have Showtime, here are some of the things Mr. Spencer said or did during the 5 minute segment: . 1. Admitted that his “anti-masking statute” was meant to target Muslims, “this is how the Muslims in the country are using our First Amendment against us.” . 2. Did an insensitive and racist impersonation of a “Chinese tourist” in order to take an upskirt photograph of a woman in a burka. His impression included “Ho… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A point could be made that conservatives are beginning to use the first amendment against us with the equation of money as speech, religious liberty etc.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Perhaps both sides are at fault. Spencer is probably a fine person.
/s

chamblee54
chamblee54

Maybe Sacha Baron Cohen, and Showtime, should take some blame for this.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Blame? More like credit to them.
I just watched the segment and it’s astounding.
They exposed the shameful character and utter idiocy of an elected official.
We only had a hint of it when he made that Facebook comment to LaDawn.
Btw, LaDawn, I’m curious about how you feel abt this.

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

Casey Cagle:   Casey Cagle today called for the immediate resignation of state Rep. Jason Spencer in the wake of his racist, obscene and humiliating appearance on “Who Is America” aired last night.   “Rep. Spencer’s behavior embarrasses the state of Georgia, dehumanizes many proud Georgians and offends any sense of decency,” said Cagle. “Even though his constituents wisely defeated him at the ballot box in the May primary, his term runs through the end of this year. He has no business drawing a paycheck from taxpayers for one more day. He must resign immediately or face expulsion from the… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

Hopefully there is a special session for Amazon. If so, this guy can be expelled because he’s not going to resign. If Kemp wins Abrams must hang this around his neck with endless creative ads. His nekkid rear end should become the face of Kemp.