The heckler who screamed “Baby Killer” at Rep. Bart Stupak (D., MI) during the health care debate has been uncovered. It was not, as widely assumed, a person in the public gallery. Rather it was Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R., TX) who has fessed up to the infraction, here. After Joe Wilson (R., SC) screamed “you lie” at the President during the State of the Union and Justice Sam Alito saying “not true” and shaking his head at the State of the Union (here), Republicans appear to have growing distemper in their ranks.
Such outbursts are common in other legislative bodies from the Parliament to the Knesset, but are violations of the rules of the House. Nevertheless, Wilson is now running on his outburst in his campaign, here, and has become one of the most sought after speakers in the House.
Neugebauer of Lubbock is a banker from Lubbock and insists that “I’m just trying to represent the people of the 19th Congressional District. The intensity of the American people was represented in my intensity last night. … I still believe that that Senate bill is a baby-killing bill.”
Here is his 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. 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.
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