September 15th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
13 years ago

House Democrat rejects effort to punish Wilson

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - At least one Democrat is rejecting efforts by House leadership to punish Rep. Joe Wilson for his controversial outburst on the House floor last week.

New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes, who is also running for Senate in 2010, said Tuesday that he will not support the "resolution of disapproval" against Wilson, which is scheduled to be voted on later today.

While Hodes called Wilson's actions "reckless and disrespectful," he said in a statement that "the focus on his outburst has served as a distraction to the larger goal of providing affordable, portable, high quality health care to every family."

"In my judgment, it's time to move on and I do not support this resolution," Hodes said. "We should not allow Mr. Wilson's reckless conduct to overshadow the need to work together to craft a strong health care reform measure that gives Americans lower costs, more choice, and real control in a fiscally responsible fashion."

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. JEAN - ATL

    Paul Hodes – another spineless dem.

    September 15, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. W Spivey

    Will the real Democrats please stand up.

    September 15, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Hodes should be reminded that Joe Wilson should not be encouraged to continue to behave irresponsibility by having his House colleagues simply sweep it under the rug.

    September 15, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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