GOP on Wilson Resolution: Diversion’ and Hypocrisy’
House Republican leaders said Tuesday that a resolution of disapproval against Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is a “distraction— from the heath care reform debate and said the Congress should move on, but the Republican campaign committees attacked Democrats for “hypocrisy— in singling out Wilson for censure.
“While the Democrats want to change the subject, the American people are concerned about the costly takeover of our health care system,— Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters at a press conference Tuesday morning.
The Democratic resolution to punish Wilson for failing to apologize to the full House after he shouted, “You lie!— during President Barack Obama’s health care reform speech Wednesday is expected to hit the House floor Tuesday afternoon.
Boehner said he has made it clear to his membership he will vote against the resolution but that GOP members will make up their own minds as to whether they will support it.
Meanwhile, GOP campaign committees aggressively attacked Democrats for failing to hold their members to the same standards.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called the resolution a “stunning example of hypocrisy— and criticized House Democrats for failing to address ethical concerns surrounding Reps. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), John Murtha (D-Pa.) and former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.).
“If we are going to march Members down to the well of the House to apologize, Joe Wilson is going to have to get in line behind Nancy Pelosi, who attacked the intelligence community who protects us, Charlie Rangel who cheated on his taxes, Jack Murtha — a walking scandal — and we all know how the Democratic leadership tried to protect William Jefferson,— Steele said in a statement.
“Democrats don’t want an apology,— he added. “They want a side show — something to shift the focus away from their government-run experiment on health care.—
Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, also pointed out the ethical difficulties of a few House Democrats.
“Democrats only seem interested in condemning the actions of Republican lawmakers when it is politically convenient, but when it comes to cleaning up real corruption and ethical misconduct in the House, Nancy Pelosi continues to look the other way,— Spain said.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not return a request for comment.