I get a decent amount of emails every day from different people, but usually I don’t write a column about them. I do what most people would do — respond in private to the compliments, complaints, reader questions and various press inquiries that come with the territory. Well, yesterday afternoon I received an email from Larry Farnsworth. Who’s that, you ask? He’s the Communications Director for Republican Representative Lee Terry. Some of you may know Rep. Terry as the House Republican who emphatically stated that he would not be deferring his salary during the shutdown, because he has a “nice house” to pay for.
Representative Terry issued an “apology” concerning his deplorable comments, and his Communications Director reached out to me asking to either update or retract the story I wrote calling out his disgusting comments, since Rep. Terry had quickly apologized for them.
Oh, and apparently he has now decided to defer his salary until after the shutdown is over.
It’s amazing how these Republicans say these despicable comments, then once word gets out and they’re bombarded with negative feedback, they suddenly “apologize” for them. They magically have a change of heart, like Rep. Terry seems to have done, and ultimately decide to defer their salary after first stating they had no intention of doing so.
So Representative Terry did issue an apology for his comments, which you can view here. Well, odds are someone on his staff wrote it up and just added his name to it, but it’s an apology nonetheless.
My response to both Rep. Terry and his Communications Director is simple: Too little, too late.
Representative Terry was unwavering in his initial response to questions regarding his decision to accept his salary during the shutdown. In fact, not only did he state he would continue to take his salary, he called out fellow Republicans for bypassing their salary as simply trying to get “good press.”
Which is really ironic considering his extremely quick apology after what I can only imagine has been an intense public backlash following his “nice house” comments. Seems as if Rep. Terry is looking for some “good press” of his own, doesn’t it?
But let’s be real here — Terry isn’t apologizing because he’s sorry about what he said, he apologized because of the public backlash he’s received since his comments caught national headlines. If there wasn’t intense negativity thrown his way following his comments, trust me, there wouldn’t be any kind of apology being given from the Republican Representative.
I guess his Communications Director feels he’s dealing with an idiot when he emailed me asking me to retract or update the story. As if I’d read his apology and suddenly think, “Wow, Lee Terry really is in touch with Americans, after all. Look at that “heartfelt apology” someone on his staff typed up following intense public backlash over his asinine comments.”
Maybe Rep. Terry should be writing letters to Speaker Boehner demanding he let the House vote on the Senate’s resolution (which would pass if Boehner would let it be voted on) so that we can reopen the government and 800,000 Americans can receive their paycheck.
Then he wouldn’t have to worry about any backlash over him receiving his paycheck, and he could go on paying for his “nice house” in peace.
I’m sorry if I don’t take seriously the “apologies” of people who only apologize because they’re basically forced to. Someone doesn’t deserve positive press for “doing the right thing” only after they’ve faced backlash for doing something reprehensible. What does Rep. Terry want, a slow handclap and a cookie? There you go.
So, Rep. Terry can issue all the apologies he wants concerning his boneheaded comments about his salary and his “nice house.” The real apology needs to be made to the 800,000 Americans his party is preventing from getting a paycheck. Because he knows damn well this shutdown has no chance at defunding, delaying or repealing “Obamacare.”
Everyone should go visit Representative Terry’s website and tell him to write a letter telling Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on the Senate’s resolution so we can reopen the government, since he suddenly seems to care so deeply about trying to save face.
Then there won’t be any need for his staff to issue a generic apology trying to get “good press,” as Terry so eloquently put it.