While Barney Frank demands that Republicans “differentiate” themselves from mean-spirited insults allegedly hurled at him by citizens disgruntled with the Democrats’ health care overhaul, he still has yet to apologize for, on the floor of the House, telling Republican colleagues they suffer from “a psychological disorder.”
Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health-care billthat my constituents fear and do not support. 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.
I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill. The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.
It’s been nearly a year since Frank made a comment which was equally inappropriate. That Democrat has yet to apologize.