GOP Lawmaker Apologizes for Apologizing to BP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Joe Barton has been called on the carpet by his own party.

It all started when Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward, accusing the White House of shaking down BP to set up a compensation fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill. GOP leaders summoned Barton to the Capitol and demanded he apologize.

Two Republican officials say the leaders also threatened to strip Barton of his seniority on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Barton is chairman-in-waiting of the panel.

Barton apologized and said his remarks had been "misconstrued." The GOP leaders issued their own statement, saying Barton's statements were wrong.

Other Republicans pressed for Barton's punishment. There's word that at least two in the leadership are still considering that option.

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  • by frank Location: Ozark on Jun 18, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    The phrase "blown about by every wind of change" comes to mind. Hmmm. Should he do what the constituents want? Should he do what his party wants? Should he do what his conscience tells him? Inquiring minds want to know. By bowing down before the GOP it seems obvious to me that his political ambitions are more important than anything else.
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