Jean Schmidt has issued a statement over her remarks to the House last week:
STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN JEAN SCHMIDT Washington, DC -
Last week as I returned to the Capitol Building after attending a funeral
at Arlington National Cemetery for a local fallen Marine, I found out that
the Democrats had just announced their policy position to immediately
withdraw troops from Iraq.
I strongly opposed the plan from the moment I heard it.
My good friend Representative Bubp called me to discuss this plan during
the House debate on the issue of immediately removing troops from Iraq.
I relayed our conversation with Representative Bubp on the House Floor.
Since that moment I have been attacked from across the country by the
I never meant to attack Congressman Murtha personally. I sent him a
personal note of apology on Friday evening moments after my words. While I
strongly disagree with his policy, neither Representative Bubp nor I ever
wished to attack Congressman Murtha. I only take exception to his policy
I am amazed at what a national story this has become. It was never
I am thankful for the thousands of supportive messages I have received
from the people I represent and others across the nation since Friday. But
this story has been way too focused on me, my conviction and word selection.
Instead this story should be focused on the extremely poor policy the
minority now propose. A policy, I might point out, that through this media
storm has now been repudiated by dozens of leading members of the minority.