Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH), who barely beat former Marine Paul Hackett in the Ohio District 2 special election - and there are investigations of "irregularities" in that election - made an ass out of herself Friday, 18 November 2005.
While the House was debating a GOP resolution to withdraw the troops from Iraq, Schmidt made the tactical error of opening her mouth. You can see the video here.
Straight from Rep. Schmidt:
He [Ohio state rep Dan Bubp] 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.The House erupted into boos and catcalls. And let's hear it for Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN), who charged down the aisle yelling that her comments were a personal attack. The House told Schmidt to shut up (in House-speak she was directed to suspend) and had a 10-minute recess.
It gets better. Schmidt went on to apologize to lawmakers in THESE words:
I did not intend to suggest that they applied to any member, most especially the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania. I therefore ask for unanimous consent that my words be withdrawn.Except for that part where she passed along a direct attack from a lowly state rep in Ohio on U.S. Rep. Murtha. By NAME.
Like everyone else in the House, ole Jean is running for election next year. Ohio 2nd District voters will probably be seeing that clip a lot.
And an update on Paul Hackett - he's running for Senate against incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine.