Rockefeller on Reid: People Are Politicizing Situation

Posted January 12, 2010 at 4:36pm

Veteran Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.) on Tuesday released a statement cementing his support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has been battered by revelations that he made racially tinged comments about President Barack Obama in 2008.Reid immediately apologized for the comments, revealed in the book “Game Change,— in which he referred to Obama as a “light-skinned— black who did not speak with a “Negro dialect.— Obama, other top Democrats and civil rights leaders have accepted Reid’s apology.Some Republicans have called for Reid to resign his leadership post. Rockefeller, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in his statement that he is disappointed to see some try to politicize the matter.“Harry Reid is a good and humble man who has spent his entire career working to help this country live up to our highest ideals. His apology was heartfelt, and as a person of deep faith he will be harder on himself than anyone else could be. Which is why it is especially disappointing to see people trying to politicize this situation,— Rockefeller said. “I say enough already of self-righteous partisans unwilling to accept another man’s sincere apology, and get back to work. The American people need us to stop the sniping and focus on the problems they sent us here to solve — to rebuild our economy, create jobs, fix health care, better educate our children, and keep the nation safe. Harry Reid is deserving of the leadership position he holds in the United State Senate, and I know no one will be working harder to bring our nation together and find real solutions for America’s families.—