Congressman John Shadegg(AZ-03) today issued the following statement regarding the resolution brought by House Democrat leadership criticizing U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for his outburst during the President’s address to the Joint Session of Congress last week:
“Having repeatedly refused to ‘disapprove’ of similar conduct by its own members, the Democrat Majority’s resolution was flagrantly hypocritical. Here are several examples of Democrats acting inappropriately on the floor including calling President a liar:
1. In 2003,Rep. Barbara Lee(D-CA), on the House floor said, “Evidence has come into light thatPresident Bushand his Administrationhas liedto the world…”Fox NewsSpecial Report,September 14, 2009
2.In 2004,Rep. Stark(D-CA), speaking on the House floor said, “I came here last year and accused President Bush ofbeing a liar. A year later, I feel no reason to apologize or change by opinion.” (Therefore Rep. Stark also called the President a liar in 2003.) Fox NewsSpecial Report, September 14, 2009
3.In 2004, Democrats collectively booedPresident George W. Bushduring theState of the Unionaddress when he called for the renewal of the Patriot Act. Dems Push for Wilson Censure,Politico,September 11, 2009
4.In 2005, Democrats howled, hissed, and shouted “NO” whenPresident Bushcalled for social security reform. Push for Wilson Censure,Politico, September 11, 2009
5.In 2007, U.S.Rep. Pete Starkspeaking from the House floor attacked President Bush for “hislies” about thewar in Iraq.
“Joe Wilson’s outburst last week during the Joint Session of Congress was inappropriate and improper. He immediately apologized to the President, as he should have.
“Today’s resolution by the House Democratic leadership demonstrates that there is no issue that Washington politicians won’t exploit for political gain. Much likeWhite House chief of staffRahm Emanuel’s admission to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste,’Speaker Pelosisaw a chance to play politics and did.
“If the Majority party consistently enforced the rules of the House against its own Members when they violated House rules using almost identical language asRep. Wilsondid, the resolution would have been justified and appropriate.
“It is hypocrisy for the current Democrat Majority to formally reprimand Joe Wilson having never taken any action against members of their own party who have violated the rules of the House in the same fashion, calling a Republican President a liar on the floor.”