Another irony about Rep. Lynn Jenkins and her "great white hope" comment: It turns out she supported a resolution in July urging President Obama to posthumously pardon black boxing champion Jack Johnson. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., contained the phrase "great white hope" — but Jenkins never read the resolution, according to her press secretary. Jenkins apologized last week for using the phrase when describing potential new GOP leaders and said that she didn't realize it had "any negative connotation." Jess Willard, a white man who knocked out Johnson in 1915 for the heavyweight championship, was born in St. Clere, less than 30 miles from Holton, where Jenkins grew up.
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