Following a public temper tantrum by Rep. Martin Stutzman (R-IN), the top four Senate Democrats jestingly apologized Thursday after the congressman said Republicans were not to be “disrespected” and must win something in return for keeping the government open. He was even offered a group hug.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) told reporters,”I want to apologize for anything I may have said that disrespected Marlin Stutzman.”
Sahil Kapur of Talking Points Memo reports, “Similar apologies were offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who then called on Stutzman to stop disrespecting Americans harmed by the shutdown and agree to reopen the government.”
Sen. Patty Murray offered a “group hug” if it would help console the congressman.
The Democratic leaders brought a poster of Stutzman’s quote, which he said during an interview with the Washington Examiner. After the quote made the usual rounds in the media and on the Internet, Stutzman walked it back.
TPM took the photo.