Rep. Jackson Won't Get House-Demanded Apology from Texas Gov. Rick Perry

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    Dec. 10, 2008 | Candidate 5.
    Jesse Jackson Jr. denies involvement in a scheme to pay for Barack Obama's Senate seat. Jackson is believed to be Senate Candidate 5 in the criminal complaint.

    The uproar over the name of a hunting camp once leased by the family of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry reached the House floor on Thursday, as lawmakers derailed an effort to demand that Perry apologize.

    The five-page resolution offered by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., was aimed at the name "N****rhead" that was painted on a rock outside the Texas camp.

    "N****ris offensive," Jackson said on the House floor.  "N****rhead is offensive."

    The measure called on Perry, the Texas governor, to apologize for not immediately removing the rock and for taking people there to hunt. It also called on Perry's GOP presidential rivals to condemn the rock.

    Perry has said the name is offensive. He said that after he saw it, in 1983 or 1984, the word was painted over.

    The House voted 231-173 against taking up the measure.