Civility watch: GOP cries foul over Florida Democrat’s “Die quickly” and “holocaust” remarks on health careby George Bennett | October 1st, 2009
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Freshman U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, came under fire from Republicans this week after summarizing the Republican health care plan as “Don’t get sick” and, if you do, “Die quickly.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called Grayson’s remarks “a calculated scare tactic and smear” and said Democrats serious about “civil debate on the floor of the House” should demand an apology.
Grayson took to the House floor Wednesday to offer an “apology” that drew more GOP outrage: “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”
Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton, who is a devout Jew, responded: “Comparing the American health care system to the systematic murdering of over six million Jews is totally outrageous and unfit for someone holding public office. Congressman Grayson should apologize to the Jewish community and the families of those whose loved ones were brutally executed.”
Hasner then suggested that Grayson take an educational field trip to wise up.
“I’d also encourage Mr. Grayson to take a walk tomorrow afternoon to the U.S. Holocaust Museum so he can witness for himself just how offensive and inappropriate his statement is.
“While his comments should offend every reasonable American, I also call on my Jewish colleagues in the Florida Legislature and Florida’s Congressional delegation to condemn his remarks and demand an apology.
“Congressman Grayson should realize that one does not apologize for an inarticulate statement with another even more hateful. He would be wise to adhere to the advice that when you are in a hole, stop digging,” Hasner said in a statement.