Congressman apologizes for 'get bloody' comment
February 24th, 2011
03:12 PM ET
9 years ago

Congressman apologizes for 'get bloody' comment

Washington (CNN)-Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano, who came under fire for heated comments he made at a union rally earlier this week, apologized for his remarks Thursday.

"I strongly believe in standing up for worker rights and my passion for preserving those rights may have gotten the best of me yesterday in an unscripted speech," he said in a statement. "I wish I had used different language to express my passion and I regret my choice of words."

Capuano spoke at a rally outside the statehouse in Boston Tuesday in support of Wisconsin state workers. He encouraged union members to challenge a proposal that would limit collective bargaining rights stating, "Every once in a while you've got to get out in the streets and get a little bloody when necessary. This fight is worth it."

The seven-term congressman was one of many who called for toned-down rhetoric after the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords last month. But he seemed to recant that sentiment in early February, telling a local newspaper that he thought politicians had become too bland.

"Politicians, I think are too bland today. I don't know what they believe in," he told the Somerville Journal. "Nothing wrong with throwing a coffee cup at someone if you're doing it for human rights."

Capuano is mulling over a bid to take on popular Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012 and has said he will decide by this summer.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Inmyopinion

    It's okay Rep. Capuano, Wisconsin Governor Walker also made a comment via phone that could be taken out of context. It happens. People are getting too sensitive, nutty, fruity, extreme. Let's move on to what is important like getting our country, our states financially stable, get Americans out of Libya.

    February 24, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    As usual, it is the left and their talk of violence that is causing problems across the country. Maybe this clown should be paying more attention to his own states problems and issues? I'll bet more than half the people demonstrating in Madison are NOT FROM WISCONSIN.

    February 24, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Democrat turned Independent

    It is violent, hateful retoric from Democrats that have turned me into an Independent. The more I listened to Democratic pols, the more I became frustrated, because they are so quick to call everyone else nasty names, and encite hatred. I feel as though a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, I can now vote for who I want.

    February 24, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. The reality is...

    Wevall know if a Republican congressman made comments like this the liberal media would try to run him out of congress. But we are also well aware of the double standard.

    February 24, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Monster Zero

    The left continues to cry about the monies from Corporations to the right, yet they find nothing wrong with a Union taking (yes taking) their members fees and providing contributions to the candidate they see fit...that is some real liberal logic for ya! This kook needs his ass kicked and I would volunteer to do the do, it is a passion of mine and gee I hope it doesn't end up getting the better of me.

    February 24, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. The reality is...

    We all know if a Republican congressman made comments like this the liberal media would try to run him out of congress. But we are also well aware of the double standard.

    February 24, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Sue

    "Capuano is mulling over a bid to take on popular Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012 and has said he will decide by this summer."-–hahahahahahaha......Good luck with that. Massachusetts may have more Democrats than Republicans--but the MAJORITY in their state are Independents. However, personally, I HOPE that you are the Democratic candidate that tries to beat Scott Brown.

    February 24, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. MF

    OH SHUT THE HELL UP. When replublican were having TEA PARTY RALLIES and condeming the president and democratic senators they didnt give a hell about the way they spoke. CAPUANO DONT WORRY i know how passionate you got. I feel the same for these hard working middle and poor americans as i too have to work hard for my children.

    February 24, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    at least he is apologizing for it...unlike the quitta from Wasilla and all the others that are completely unapologetic about any "firebrand" rhetoric they spout

    February 24, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. New Age Independant

    If liberals didn't have such a double standard this would be meaningless. They should be reacting with disgust over such careless comments, yet this type of rhetoric from one of their own is accepted. The same standards need to be kept between both parties, BY both parties.

    February 24, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. DIANA

    There's no reason to apologize. This is nothing compared to thee way the Republicans are behaving and the language most have used
    First amendment rights
    If they lose their jobs so be it.

    February 24, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Gayle L Portman

    Thank God someone is standing up for Americans rights to be in a Union if that is what they want. Why are Republicans standing beside those intruders who wish to take our rights from us . Freedom is what this country is made of , if they want to see all of us in action fighting all these house & senators, watch what we do to them in the polls, an Mr President where are you in these discussions, the buck stops with you! .

    February 24, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Scott Walker needs to apologize for his statement (calling in the dogs to ramp up trouble).

    February 24, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. XWngLady

    "As usual, it is the left and their talk of violence that is causing problems across the country"....NONSENSE!!...Until you can show me a Democrat faxing nooses to people and spitting on them as they cross the street, the Dems will have NOTHING on Republicans and the TEA-BATTY!

    February 24, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Cody

    @DemoCommunists – You are really naive if you think statements like this are only coming from democrats/the left. It doesnt matter if the people are from Wisconsin or not, its the principle of the debate that they are protesting for/against. That is what America is about, being able to demonstrate against any issue that you feel is unjust.

    This kind of rhetoric is unnecessary though.

    February 24, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Steve- Illinois

    @INMYOPINION- Nothing taken out of context here. Just another case of a hypocrite politician!

    February 24, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Mark

    The media is right to pick up on this. Keep in mind the DAILY coverage of the Tea Party protests last year. Have you seen the signs in Wisconin or Ohio?!?!?!?! Why is no one reporting this on a DAILY basis?

    February 24, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. gt

    talk like that is what is wrong with our government... he should resign...

    February 24, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Consultofactus

    @inmyopinion – what in the name of God was "taken out of context" in Capuano's comment? Capuano's remark wasn't some oblique reference but a direct call to violence to a sympathetic union audience! Yes, of course, there are plenty of instances in everyday speech that are hyperbole for example "Alice screamed bloody-murder when she got her auto repair bill" usually has absolutely nothing to do with either blood or murder – NOTHING like Capuano's exhortation to violence! Also please be specific where Gov Walker made a statement either in public or private where he directs people to commit violent acts – again, specifics only please.

    February 24, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. john leddy

    we all should know that republicans are pro big business and anti labor unions and workers in general. working people should go out to the polls in large numbers in 2012 and throw the bums out. no 2nd amendment solutions as a republican senate candidate was suggesting but the power of the vote.

    February 24, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Rosslaw

    I don't know why he apologized for actually displaying a little passion for a constituency he cared for. Walker and his ilk would prefer to pull a power play which has nothing whatsoever to do with the state's budget, and then start selling off the state's power plants in no-bid secret sales, very quietly to his Koch fund raisers. Walker is certainly in good company with his union busting, the People's Republic of China, Castro's Cuba, the former soviet nations, etc.

    February 24, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    Takes a real man to apoligize for saying something "in the heat of the moment" that he regrets.
    Of course there are no real men in the Republican party of "hate & fear" mongers.
    Most of all they are too weak to admit they are imperfect/human. Especially when the tea-baggers with their lynch-mob mentallty are searching for rinos.

    February 24, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Connie in Tn.

    I appauld him for his comments. People have forgotten what benefits they have because of labor unions. Collective bargaining should be what democracy stands for.

    February 24, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. NVa Native

    BTW – Zero of a Monster. You must be compensating for some thing.
    You always spout off with a wanna-bee bully tough guy talk that has no heft to it.

    Seroius case of LMS (little man syndrome).

    February 24, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Lisa P

    DemoCommunists for a Better Way, you would lose your bet.

    February 24, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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