"It's OK if we call each other crazy but it's not good for someone else to insinuate that word in a conversation about children. That's pretty low. I promise you I wouldn't say that about kids from Texas." — State Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Plaquemine, regarding a Texas legislator's use of the controversial term "coonass," as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
Texas House Speaker Pro Tempore Dennis Bonnen, a Republican, had used the term in a committee hearing while comparing Louisiana students who came to Texas after Hurricane Katrina versus the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America on the Texas border. "We had to have a teacher who could do coonass in English," Bonnen said, "but here we have to do Spanish and English, maybe, and there's a higher marker."