Friday, June 02, 2006

HEVESI APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING SCHUMER "WILL PUT A BULLET BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT'S EYES"

This one is pretty incredible. NYS Comptroller Alan Hevesi (D), giving a commemcement speech, said the following about NY Sen. Chuck Schumer(D):

"The man who, how do I phrase this diplomatically, who will put a bullet between the president's eyes if he could get away with it. The toughest senator, the best representative. A great, great member of the Congress of the United States."

Way to "phrase this diplomatically," Alan... NOT! I heard a report about this on Fox, but have a link to the WNBC story, thanks to one of Michelle Malkin's readers.

Comptroller Hevesi made a complete mea culpa:

"I apologize to the president of the United States" and to the fellow state politician, Sen. Charles Schumer, Hevesi said. "I am not a person of violence.

"I am apologizing as abjectly as I can. There is no excuse for it. It was beyond dumb."

Alan Hevesi is a typical NY pol, who is moderately liberal on most issues. I liked him for putting his name on a $40 refund check I got from NYS, after paying $70 state taxes that NYS itself said I owed. That seemed like a mea culpa, though not for as big a screw-up as this. I have to say that he really stepped in it this time, but I wonder if it will hurt his political career. There is, after all, a double standard.

Sen. Trent Lott had to resign his leadership position after some ill-worded praise for Sen. Strom Thurmond on his 100th birthday. Hevesi is running for re-election, and yet this has not made a huge impression in the local media, or the MSM in general. We'll see in the next few days if this has any impact on the race.

Hevesi was a Democrat I was willing to vote for, as NYS Comptroller at least. Not anymore. Where is the outrage?

1 comment:

BobG said...

It's incredible that anyone would be allowed to continue to hold public office after espousing violence against the president of our nation.