â€œI think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,â€ Gingrey said. â€œI mean, itâ€™s easy if youâ€™re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You donâ€™t have to try to do whatâ€™s best for your people and your party. You know youâ€™re just on these talk shows and youâ€™re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldnâ€™t be or wouldnâ€™t be good leaders, theyâ€™re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.â€
First thing on Rush’s radio show this morning, Gingrey came on and apologized. On Gingrey’s website the following is offered up:
Because of the high volume of phone calls and correspondence received by my office since the Politico article ran, I wanted to take a moment to speak directly to grassroots conservatives. Let me assure you, I am one of you. I believe I was sent to Washington to fight for and defend our traditional values of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, and the lives of the unborn. In my six years in Washington, I have led the charge on many of these issues. In fact, in 2008 The National Journal ranked me the #1 most conservative Member of the House of Representatives.
As long as I am in the Congress, I will continue to fight for and defend our sacred values. I have actively opposed every bailout, every rebate check, every so called â€œstimulus.â€ And on so many of these things, I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh. Regardless of what yesterdayâ€™s headline may have read, I never told Rush to back off. I regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservativesâ€”that was not my intent. I am also sorry to see that my comments in defense of our Republican Leadership read much harsher than they actually were intended, but I recognize it is my responsibility to clarify my own comments.
Now more than ever, we need to articulate a clear conservative message that distinguishes our values and our approach from those of liberal Democrats who are seeking to move our nation in the wrong direction. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and other conservative giants are the voices of the conservative movementâ€™s conscience. Everyday, millions and millions of Americansâ€”myself includedâ€”turn on their radios and televisions to listen to what they have to say, and we are inspired by their words and by their determination. At the end of the day, every member of the conservative movement, from our political commentators and thinkers to our elected officials, share an important and common purpose in advancing the cause of liberty, reigning in a bloated federal government, and defending our traditional family values.
Discussing the matter with Rush, Gingrey noted he had heard from a goodly number of his constituents on the matter.
Flap bets he has.
Rush accepted his apology.
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