June 18th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
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Republican says Barton apology not good enough

Rep. Joe Bonner on Friday called on fellow Republican Rep. Joe Barton to step down as ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Rep. Joe Bonner on Friday called on fellow Republican Rep. Joe Barton to step down as ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

(CNN) - Rep. Jo Bonner called on fellow Republican Rep. Joe Barton to step down as ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Friday following the Texas Republican's controversial statements to BP chairman Tony Hayward on Thursday.

"Earlier this morning, Rep. Barton called me to offer his personal apologies for any harm that his comments might have caused," said Bonner, whose district covers much of Alabama's coastline.

"It takes a big person to admit they were wrong and I appreciated Joe's call," Bonner continued. "However, as I told him, I believe the damage of his comments are beyond repair and, as such, I am today calling on Joe to do the right thing for our conference and immediately step aside as Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee."

"Joe's comments were stupid and extremely insensitive to the hundreds of thousands of people who live along the Gulf Coast," Bonner added.


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  1. Firey Buddha

    Wow. A Republican speaking sense. I applaud...

    June 18, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    Sucks for them when they accidentally say something that perfectly demonstrates the rethuglican ideology. how long will it take the sheep who keep these monsters in office to see the truth about them? republicans care about big business and Democrats care about the people and the country. it really is that simple. and the ones posting on this site always tearing down Obama and liberals, you're condemning the very people who have your best interest at heart and supporting the ones who want to screw you six ways to Sunday!!! wake up!!!

    June 18, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Wisconsinite

    A vote for a RepubliCAN"T is a vote to sell out YOURcountry to big corporations!

    June 18, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. KenS

    "Even though it was a "stupid" comment- he has the right to say what he wants- it's called- freedom of speech."

    No Hal, freedom of speech means he cannot be imprisoned or fined by the government for anything he says, and there can be no prior restraint. It does NOT mean there are no consequences to the content of your speech. For example, as a consequence of your post, everyone who reads this now believes you to be an ignoramus. Your freedom of speech does not protect you from that result. Too bad for you.

    June 18, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. John

    Give me a break!!! No POTUS ought to be advising any company to put $20B in any account. There are laws to be followed, so follow them! That goes for BP ... AND.... the US Gov't.

    Starting a criminal investigation in the midst of trying (well, sorta trying) to plug the leak was an amateur move which has already yielded unintended consequences. Get the leak plugged, gov't. regs be damned. There's plenty of time to ream BP afterwards.

    Here's a thought/question... If the POTUS can, at a moment's notice, grant $400M in aid to the folks in Gaza, why can't he do that for residents of the coast?

    June 18, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Actually, his comments were right on and where directed at the ringleader of the circus we call Washington."

    THIS is why he said it. He probably didn't even believe it and he absolutely knew for certain that he was going to get raked over teh coals for saying it. But you see, all it takes is saying it...you don't even have to back it up with a well-reasoned rational analysis based on facts or evidence, statistics or data or anything...just blurt it out. 90% of the people who are now defending him and claiming that Barton was right would NEVER have thought it up on their own. They are dittoheads and they exist for the sole purpose of taking the burden off poor Joe Barton and the GOP of having to repeat what Barton said ever again. They can now safely pretend to distance themselves from it while it gets repeated ad nauseum by their base, who will defend to the death ANYTHING these jerkwads say, no matter how stupid, offensive or meritless. They take umbrage with anyone who points out that their tribesmen are tapdancing bewbz.

    June 18, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Stacey

    "Joe's comments were stupid and extremely insensitive to the hundreds of thousands of people who live along the Gulf Coast," Bonner added.

    Wow! I can't believe a republican asked another republican who said something stupid to step aside. Thanks, Mr. Bonner; but I think it's too late. The GOP is on the side of the oil companies and Wall St. The GOP has proven over and over that they just don't give a hoot about the little guy on Main St. and I hope the republican party pays for their greed dearly in November. Come on Democrats! Don't let these greedy, heartless republicans gain any more seats in Congress nor the Senate in November.

    June 18, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    If BP doesn't pay, the taxpayers have to. Do the republicans NOT pay taxes? Will that NOT hurt them too?

    IDIOTS

    June 18, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. ARC

    Big business is not just a Repub thing, even the "ethical" sleeze bags on the left suck up to big business; Goldman Sacs to Barry (the worst President by far in US history) over $1,000,000. Wow. They all (Repubs and the left Sleeze Bags) have to go!

    June 18, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. John

    You should find it scary that currently Mr. Barton would chair the committee with oversight of offshore drilling should the Republicans take control of the House.

    June 18, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Senior Misterioso

    Bowing down and sucking up to big oil is all the repugs know. Throw the rascals out!

    June 18, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. andyoo

    The "tragedy of the first order" is not the re-pay of 20 bil to the people.
    The "tragedy of the first order" is the way white house force private company to pay money that the law does not require them to pay.

    It's the disregard of rules that is the tragedy.

    Just that you feel it's the right thing to do does not make it legal.

    June 18, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. John Metsopoulos

    Unfortunately he is was only articuilating what the Rerpublican believes, that it is all about big business no matter who it hurts.

    June 18, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Ben

    We have this thing called LAW. And Obama decided to side-step it. There are procedures for getting damages from BP, but Obama decided to make his own law. That makes this a shakedown and Barton was absolutely right.

    BP would have ended up paying at least this much following legal methods, but instead Obama used veiled threats and intimidation. He's a thug, this was a shakedown, Barton was right.

    And folks, just because I think the shakedown was wrong does not meanI don't think BP should have to pay. I'm not protecting or defending big business in any way. I just want things done the legal way. Sorry if that's too hard for you to understand.

    You won't feel so happy when you do something wrong, and Obama's government gives you the shakedown outside of the court system and long established rule of law.

    June 18, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. John Metsopoulos

    One more comment, where is Michael Steele now.

    June 18, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Crash

    Joe Wilson was right, Obama did lie – we are going to lose our health insurance plans, even CNN reported it. Joe Barton was right, Obama did a Chicago/Capone Shake Down on BP, " I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company's recklessness." These are the President's words and they conveyed the meaning that the full force of the regime would be used to destroy the chairman if he didn't comply. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard shutdown the skimmers of LA. Good luck getting more out of BP, the President owns this now, and, worst of all, TAXPAYERS will have to pay the balance.

    June 18, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Wisconsinite

    I want all of you people who are agreeing with and defending Barton's remarks to remember this: BP HAD 750 VIOLATIONS IN THE LAST 5 YEARS.

    June 18, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. David Scott

    Rip-publicans are AGAINST AMERICA'S BEST INTEREST IN ALL MATTERS! They are true OBSTRUCTIONISTS LOSERS.

    June 18, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Larry

    @ Stacey

    I agree Stacey. Now the other Republicans are taking this opportunity to take the heat off themselves.

    Too late. It's become blatantly obvious how corrupt that whole party is.

    June 18, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Future expat

    "It takes a big person to admit they were wrong and I appreciated Joe's call"

    Let's keep in mind that, by these standards, Joe Barton does not qualify as a "big person". He had to be threatened with the loss of his powerful position so that an insincere apology could be squeezed out of him.

    I agree with Rep. Bonner that Barton should step down.

    June 18, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Ron

    It was the wrong time, the wrong place and what he said was wrong. Everyone knows it. Even those who are defending him. As long as he stays on the committee, and maybe in Congress, he is a liability to the Republican party. He needs to recognize what a blunder he made and step down from the committee. This is the kind of mistake the Republicans cannot make or accept if they want to regain Congress. We will hear many times before the election how the Republicans defend big oil and apologize to them when they destroy our coast. He is a liability to the Republicans. He must be replaced.

    June 18, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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