GOP Birther Rep. Neugebauer Admits to “Baby Killer” Heckling
March 22, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Randy Neugebauer, a right-wing Republican lawmaker from Texas, has admitted to being the House member responsible for heckling colleague Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) shouting out “baby killer,” during last night’s contentious session, in which healthcare reform was passed. MSNBC’s Luke Russert is responsible for identifying Neugebauer as the heckler. The Texas Republican blamed his offensive outburst on “the heat and emotion of the debate.” And he denied that his words were personally directed towards Stupak. Neugebauer issued a public statement of apology and said he also apologized personally to the pro-life Stupak. This behavior is not surprising coming from Neugebauer, who operates on the fringe. He promotes birther conspiracies and he recently questioned whether President Obama was a natural born citizen during a radio interview.
Neugebauer’s statement claims that he shouted the phrase, “it’s a baby killer” to denounce the abortion language compromise reached by Stupak with the Democratic leadership and President Obama.
Neugebauer recently supported a “birther” bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), to cast doubt on Obama’s U.S. citizenship. Asked by Texas talk radio host Chad Hasty, if he believed President Obama was a U.S. citizen, Neugebauer, responded that he wasn’t sure. “You know I don’t know. I’ve never seen him produce documents that would say one way or another.”
Below is Neugebauer’s full statement:
“Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents fear and do not support,” Neugebauer said in a statement. “In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase ‘it’s a baby killer’ in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself.
“I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill. The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.”