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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A rare (these days) Republican apology

Rep. Mike Pence has apologized to Sen. Chris Dodd over a policy brief that included a personal attack.

Pence (R-Ind.), the chairman of the House GOP Conference, called Dodd (D-Conn.) last week to personally apologize for the brief, which was written by a House GOP staffer.

Link to The Hill.


  1. The words were out and an apology afterward is rather meaningless.

  2. Wait, wait a second. What about Reid's apology?
    I don't think there's one other Republican who would dared to apologize to anyone for anything. Not in this climate of hotility.

  3. Is it odd to anyone else that these people cannot think for themselves and it is always the "staffer" that has done something wrong? Same thing with the club in WeHo, It was a female staffer that was fired, instead of the guy that signed off on the expense. I love the non apology apologies, wish I could get away with those myself.

  4. I guess I just don't trust these guys any more. Consider these weasel words uttered when he ran for a leadership position:

    "As your leader, I will not encourage you to use negative personal attacks on the floor or in your campaigns.”

    How else to read this other than "As your leader, I won't stop you from the use negative personal attacks on the floor or in your campaigns."

    If civil discourse was truly important to him, he would have said "As your leader, I will actively and publicly discourage the use negative personal attacks on the floor or in campaigns. I will publicly reprimand any member who uses them.”

    Of course, he wouldn't have gotten many votes.

  5. I don't want to sound like an apologist for the GOP - for God's sake - but we do have to be realistic. One of the reasons members of Congress have staff is to do research. Another is to take care of the massive amount of paperwork - notes, emails, letters, speeches, etc. It would be humanly impossible to personally sign off on every single item. This has nothing to do with party.

    The staffer should be fired - after he apologizes to Dodd for his inapprorpiate choice of words.