Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) is now the guilty party when it comes to the mystery of who shouted “baby killer” on the House floor during Bart Stupak’s speech.
“Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents fear and do not support,” Neugebauer said in a news release. “In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase ‘it’s a baby killer’ in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself.”
Well OK, maybe not so much an apology to the people, but he says he apologized to Stupak and his colleagues:
“I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill,” he said in a statement. “The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.”
These kind of outbursts are starting to become a little too common with the GOP. For this to happen just hours after the House GOP leadership tells their caucus to act like adults leaves on wondering what kind of control the leadership really has.
Adding…For even more of an interesting tidbit:
Last week, Politico asked the 11 House Republicans co-sponsoring the so-called “birther bill” — legislation requiring presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States — to provide their own birth certificates. While a number of them complied, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) explicitly refused to show his proof of birth. His staff instead sent a one-line e-mail response: “Congressman Neugebauer will not be submitting a copy of his birth certificate.” Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) did not respond to the request at all.
So not only is he a birther, but also a hypocrite. Why is it Randy Neugebauer thinks a black man must show proof of his birth, but he doesn’t have to? Something smells pretty racist to me.