Congressman Doug Lamborn
August 3, 2011 by USA Post
The Colorado Republican said during the interview about Obama’s fiscal policies that is linked to President Barack Obama would be like “touching a tar baby.”
. “Even I want to be associated with him is like playing a tar baby, and you get – you know, you get stuck, and you are part of the problem now, and you can not leave,” said Lamborn. “I do not want that to happen to us (Republicans), but if it does or not, still will – properly – the fault, because their policies, for four years, have failed the American people.”
Although “tar baby” is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as “something that is almost impossible to get yourself”, but has also been recognized as a derogatory term for blacks.
Whatever the definition, serious Lamborn is taking heat from various angles. Two black community leaders immediately condemned the remarks of Congressman, and said he should know better.
Rosemary Harris Lytle, president of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP, said that the connotations of the phrase “tar baby” is well known for its appeal Lamborn as excusable.
“The world views (El Paso County) and ultra-conservative wing, ultra right, Tea-Party-loving, attacks on hmosxls, the epicenter of hatred. With two pungent words, our own new Congress sealed our fate,” said Harris Lytle.
Diane Allen Philips, president of the Urban League of the Pikes Peak region, said the congressman should be more aware of the kind of example that fits.
“I do not think you can pull that phrase and have not been associated with the past,” said Allen-Philips. “If Barack Obama was not black, which has used the same terminology?”
In an email, Lamborn spokesperson Catherine Mortensen wrote, “Congressman Lamborn regrets any misunderstanding. He simply meant to refer to a difficult situation or swamp.”
Mortensen said the district does not Lamborn, and Washington offices had received no complaints about the “tar baby” comment to Denver radio host David Sirota aired the clip of the interview Monday in KKZN 760 AM.
On Monday night, Lamborn’s office sent a press release saying it had “sent a personal letter to President Barack Obama apologizing for using a term that some find insensitive.” The statement said Lamborn’s “confident that the President is going to accept his sincere apology.”
Earlier in the day, El Paso County Democratic Party Chairman Kathleen Ricker called for only an apology, saying the congressman’s statement was not enough.
“I am ashamed to call U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn for my community,” said Ricker. “For all we try to do to convince the nation that our community is not a setback area of?? Hate, this foolish man speaks before thinking it believes is politically † invincible and invulnerable.”
Eli Bremer, president of El Paso County Republican Party, immediately dismissed Rick’s comments as “political cheap shots”. Bremer Lamborn said the statement was being taken out of context and was not at all intended as a reference to skin color of Obama.
“It is shameful that someone can try to insinuate that he was racist,” said Bremer. “I think there are people out there who believe it is a racist term, but what matters is not how people interpret it, but how is the intention. It is very unfair to take something totally out of context and try to destroy them politically because of it “.
Lamborn is not the only politician ever to land in hot water by using those two words. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was lambasted in 2006 for using the phrase in reference to a construction project, and the U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Had to apologize in 2007 during his presidential campaign, for use in reference to divorce.
The interview took place on the Caplis and Silverman radio show in Denver KHOW 630 AM.
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