Today on the House floor, fresh Repuke Representative Jean Schmidt (R-OH) took to the House floor to call Rep. John Murth, who recently called for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, a "coward."
"Yesterday I stood at Arlington National Cemetery attending the funeral of a young marine in my district. He believed in what we were doing is the right thing and had the courage to lay his life on the line to do it. A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body – that we will see this through."
Shortly thereafter, Schmidt returned to the house floor, to have her remarks removed from the record. And she said:
"Mr. Speaker, my remarks were not directed to any member of the House and I did not intend to suggest they applied to any member, most especially the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania."
So just who is Jean Schmidt? Recently, Schmidt came thisclose to losing a special election to Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran. Hackett saw the grave mistake that was Iraq up close, and he returned to this country to continue his service, and ran for Congress as a Democrat in the red state of Ohio. Hackett make an execptionally strong showing against Schmidt that surprised everyone, and is now running for the Senate.
Jean Schmidt may be a United States Representative. But today she showed that she is the true coward, not John Murtha or any Democrat who wants to see us get Iraq right.
If Jean Schmidt were truly proud of her original remarks on the House floor, and stood by them, then she would not have returned to the floor to basically apologize.
People who are truly proud of their statements, do not back down from them.