Alabama state senator criticized for remarks
In a press conference this week Beason apologized for the remark, saying it was a "careless and unnecessary" statement.
The comment became public as a result of the investigations into bribery and corruption in the statehouse stemming from a bill related to bingo. Beason wore a wire for the FBI, and he made the comment when discussing legislation with a former legislator.
"That type of language should not be tolerated by any member of the Alabama Legislature. ... If he truly was a leader, the only thing he would have done, and should have done, is resign," said state senator Vivian Figures (D). 
Beason was first elected in 2006. He most recently won election on November 2, 2010. He won re-election with more than 38,000 votes -- while his opponent received less than 9,000. Beason previously served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1998-2006.