House Democratic leaders are pushing for an official censure of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) after his unprecedented and outrageous heckling of President Barack Obama during his nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress, reports Glenn Thrush at Politico.
Joe Wilson’s flat refusal to apologize to the entire House for heckling President Barack Obama rekindled a push by some top Democrats to introduce a censure resolution — despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to consider the idea on Thursday. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) are considering the move after Wilson adamantly refused to offer a mea culpa in the well of the House. Clyburn buttonholed him on the floor and asked him three times to publicly renounce his "You lie!" outburst, according to my colleague Victoria McGrane. "If he had just said he was sorry, nobody would be considering any of this," added a senior Democratic aide. The aide said it was too late to push for a resolution this week—and that any resolution would hit the floor next week, giving Wilson more time to reconsider his decision.
Wilson apologized to President Obama after his sophomoric outburst. After claiming he has received "an outpouring of support", the conservative lawmaker has somewhat backpedaled from his apology. In related news: Rob Miller, Wilson's 2010 Democratic opponent, has been received a tidal wave of support, raising his Act Blue election fund to almost $800,000 in less than 36 hours.