SC Republican: Wilson should apologize on House floor

Rep. Bob Inglis wants his colleague to say he's sorry he violated House rules

By Alex Koppelman
Published September 15, 2009 4:10PM (EDT)

Republicans in Congress are circling the wagons around Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., as Democrats prepare to vote on a resolution of disapproval against Wilson Tuesday afternoon. But not everyone's on board.

In fact, one of Wilson's colleagues in the South Carolina delegation -- a fellow Republican, no less -- is publicly saying he believes the congressman should offer the apology on the House floor that Democrats have demanded.

"Just said to GOP Conference meeting what I said privately to Joe Wilson: apologize to House for rule violation," Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., wrote on Tiwtter Tuesday morning. In separate posts, he explained: "Part 1: Joe Wilson apologized to President. Part 2: He should apologize to House for rule violation. That would end the matter .... Joe Wilson analogy: I speed, lose control of my car and hit your car. Part 1: I fix your car. Part 2: I pay my speeding ticket. Case closed."

Wilson's rapidly become a hero to some on the right, and Inglis does risk alienating them. But it wouldn't be the first time he's taken that kind of unpopular stand this year: Last month, referring to Glenn Beck, Inglis advised his constituents, "Turn that television off when he comes on."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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