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Update 11:54am Eastern: Here’s the roll call vote.


Via MSNBC, GOP House leader John Boehner this morning moved to censure Rep. Pete StarkRavingMad for his odious diatribe against President Bush on the floor last week during the S-CHIP debate:

House Republican leader John Boehner just stood up on the House floor to put forward a motion to censure Rep. Pete Stark (D) over the congressman’s “heads blown off for the president’s amusement” remark on the House floor last week.

Democrats will move to table — or kill — the motion. They will likely succeed. A vote is being taken on the tabling motion now.

StarkRavingMad obviously has no plans to apologize:

Stark has not responded to Pelosi’s statement, nor did his spokesman return calls seeking comment. But in a statement issued Thursday in response to the Republican criticism, he showed no signs of backing down.

Instead, he called opponents of children’s healthcare “chickenhawks,” a term often applied to avid supporters of the war who avoided military service. And he said it was Boehner who should apologize for opposing the children’s healthcare bill.

Update: For what it’s worth, Stark apologizes first to his colleagues and then to everyone else who may have found offense in his remarks…

Democratic Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark of California apologized Tuesday for comments he made last week suggesting President Bush was sending troops to Iraq to get their “heads blown off for his amusement.”

The apology came after the House voted 196-173 with eight members voting present to table a resolution introduced by House Minority Leader John Boehner censuring Stark. Though the motion amounts to a failed vote, Stark addressed fellow lawmakers afterward to apologize.

“I want to apologize first of all to my colleagues, many of whom I have offended, to the president. his family, to the troops that may have found (offense) in my remarks as were suggested in the motion that we just voted on, and I do apologize. … With this apology I will become as insignificant as I should be and we can return to the issues that do divide us but that we can resolve,” Stark said to applause.

Stark’s turnaround was in direct contrast to his position last week, outlined in the eight-paragraph resolution that claimed his “personally abusive language” impugned the president’s and Congress’ motives and dishonored the troops.

The resolution quoted Stark and then concluded that “Mr. Stark, by his despicable conduct, has dishonored himself and brought discredit to the House and merits the censure of the House for the same. Resolved, that the member from California, Mr. Stark, is hereby so censured.”

What a sorry excuse for a congressman.



epublicans failed in an effort Tuesday to have the House censure Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who said in a congressional speech last week that U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq “to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”

Without debate, the House voted 196-173 to kill the proposal to censure Stark for “his despicable conduct.” The vote was mostly along party lines, with all 168 Republicans on hand supporting the measure offered by Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. Five Democrats joined them.


Review: Stark raving mad: Diary of an unhinged Democrat

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: They don't support the troops