June 18th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

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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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Asian7

    Why is Republicans asking for is asking only his resignation form the committee? He should be striped of everything including party membership. He is a disgrace to mankind.

    June 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Wayne Lusk

    Rep. Jeff Miller and Rep. Jo Bonner are examples of what's wrong with the Republican party.
    The shakedown was a shakedown and was not done in a legal manner and these 2 can't even call it that.
    Shame on them too. They should be sensitive to the rule of law.

    June 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Alex in Wisconsin

    But hey, the Tea partiers who don't have districts on in the oil zone support Rep. Barton's comments. I don't know why since the concept of letting BP get out of their responsibility runs counter to traditional conservative philosophy of taking responsibility. Coincidentally, it runs counter the the modern conservative line of not spending taxpayer dollars on private sector mistakes, ie the bank bailout, the auto bailout.

    In the end, its obvious that the conservative movement doesn't stand for anything except opposing all social, economic, and political change in the country and the world. that wasn't a problem until they started trying to move the country backwards. the country needs a movement that reminds us where we have been. the conservative movement doesn't do that anymore. they want to rewrite history and facts to fit their agenda. but they are all over the place with that agenda so they just sound silly. they can't keep their fiscal responsibility line straight, they can't hold on to the whole family values thing, and they can't help but be hypocritical about...everything.

    June 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Barton became so arrogant and thnks he's powerful enough to sell the entire country to the Oil Companies for the money they have given him for his campaigns ($1.4 million total).

    Over the years, Big Oil has donated 66% to republicans, 33% to democrats. They think they can buy the votes. Mine isn't for sale.

    Renewable energy NOW. At least start so we can be there in 10 or so years.

    June 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. zaza

    Keep him in the post, good fodder for Democrats.

    June 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Donnatella

    Finally a republican with a sense of decency, this man should be fired, or sent to work with the recovery crew on the gulf.

    June 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    As much as I'm disgusted with BP's actions, if I were the CEO of BP everytime one of those republican congressmen began preaching to me about responsiblity I would look them straight in the eye and say "drill baby drill, congressman do you remember that being chanted at every republican rally during the campaign? You got what you wanted and you have the audacity to preach to me about responsiblity? Drill baby drill, yeah right".

    June 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Dude

    Barton was right in the first place, and the mistake he made was bowing down to the pressure of the twits who got their panties in a twist.

    Related quotes from Davy Crockett:

    “You can go to hell. As for me, I’m going to Texas!”

    “Make sure you’re right, and then go ahead.”

    June 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Duck Fallas

    What kind of party purity is this? How dare you speak ill of another wing nut! You best get in line with Rush and Bachmann, boy! Remember, you represent Republicanna, not Florida!

    June 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. oy vey az

    That Representative's outburst, "You Lie", at a joint session of congress was initially scorned, but look how popular the rallying cry became with some Americans. Soon every one was screaming "you lie" at the President, and everyone else they disagreed with.

    So it's time for the "Shake Down" comment to have its fifteen minutes of crazy wild-eyed drama.

    I sure hope it doesn't last long ... So let me be among the first to crank the hysteria up by saying ... "Shake Down? You Lie".

    June 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Ready for 2012

    Leave this man alone!! His original comment was the truth. This witchhunt against BP doesn't help anyone, especially not the employees of BP in the US who have seen their 401k lose value because of BP's stock losing value.

    June 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Linda

    "It takes a big man to admit he's wrong". Yeah right. Burton admitted he was wrong only after getting heat from his own party. And he apologized only because he was forced to do so. The creep thought he could score points saying negatives things about the Obama administation. Apparently he thought wrong. How stupid do Republicans think people are?

    June 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. ken beutler

    Barton's remarks were the most idiotic thing I've heard come out of a congressman's mouth and that's saying something. Make me embarrased to be a Republican.
    He not only should quit his ranking membership on the committee, he ought to quit period! What a moron!

    June 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. what heat?

    it was a stupid comment! he's an idiot...his apology wasn't even an apology...but that's a republican for ya

    June 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Tim

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

    June 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Joe Blow

    Imagine if the GOP should win the House in November and this BP apologist becomes chairman of the House Committee on Energy! Now that would be a shakedown...of the American people. This is what is at stake with a Repbublican victory in November. VOTE like the country depends on it...because it does.

    June 18, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Scott

    Not only were they stupid, they highlight the fact that he's in bed with Big Oil and has no business being on this committee.

    June 18, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. bware

    If Barton were a Democrat all the Republicans would be saying "Why does Joe Barton hate America?" How come we aren't hearing that now from the GOBP?

    I hope they keep this Bum in charge – The Dems will make hay out of this until November!

    Bware

    June 18, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. notamused

    did I miss something, did we plug the hole yet?

    with that being said, I think BP can suck a fart out of my arse but I have to agree somewhat with the sentiment from the rep. GM/Chrysler, Banks, etc are all under the thumb of the gubment and control. I wish he had not apologized to BP but he should have commented on how the disturbing and destructive trend of gubment telling private companies what, when and how to run their business is something that has to stop.

    June 18, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Bill

    That's Good, One GOPER is out and more will be kicked out in November. American people will have to know who are in the pocket of Big corporatio, Bank and Insurance Co.They were never ther for everage Joe..........................

    June 18, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Molly Weasley

    Why stop with Joe Barton? Why not add all of the other Republicans who said the same thing? How about Michele Bachmann, who claimed the fund was a "redistribution of wealth"? How about Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who said it would "cut into BP's profits"? How about two-thirds of House Republicans, since the House Republican Study Council, which represents this conservative group, also called the compensation fund a "shakedown" in a press release on Wednesday?

    And let's add the usual conservative pundits like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, who are still claiming Barton is right, and Newt Ginchrich, who actually thinks he has a chance to be president.

    Remember: If the GOP retakes the House in November, Joe Barton will be the chair of the environment committee. And he's accepted more than $1.4 million in campaign donations in his career from oil companies.

    Is that what you want, voters? Wasn't the oil tag team in the White House over the last eight years enough? Wasn't the GOP Congress, who deregulated the oil industry, enough for you? Is it so hard to admit that the "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd is as responsible for this oil spill as BP?

    Face it - the oil companies OWN the Republican Party. It's no longer the GOP - it's the GOBP.

    June 18, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Rick Austell Ga

    One less GOP to worry about

    June 18, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. jeff davis

    stupid would be an upgrade for this guy.

    June 18, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Chuck Independent In Ohio

    The BUM should be thrown out of office!!!! Period! He is owned by big oil!!

    June 18, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Rick

    Man I HATE POLITICIANS.... First the idiot backs down on his statements and gives an apology... and now this...

    June 18, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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