Regardless of personal opinions about President Obama, the majority of Republicans agree that we should never resort to name calling for the President of the United States, and, one should most certainly never use a racial term. By calling former President Obama a “tar baby” and not attending his State of the Union address, Lamborn showed a lack of decorum that we don’t need representing us in congress.
From Fox News:
DENVER — Rep. Doug Lamborn’s office says the Colorado Republican regrets any misunderstanding over his comments on a Denver-based radio show.
Lamborn spoke to KHOW-AM Friday. He was responding to comments about whom voters would hold responsible for actions on the nation’s debt ceiling when he said he thought voters would blame the president.
Lamborn said: “Now I don’t want to even have to be associated with him. It is like touching a tar baby and you get it — you’re stuck, and you’re part of the problem now.”
Some people consider the term “tar baby” to be a racial epithet.
Lamborn’s spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said in a written statement Monday that Lamborn simply meant to refer to a sticky situation. She says Lamborn sent an apology letter to President Obama.
But he’s made other racial statements in the past. During his 2006 campaign, Lamborn made another controversial racial statement, saying that only kids, minorities, and immigrants made minimum wage. The five Republicans were uniformly opposed to minimum wage legislation of any kind, implying that the minimum wage is simply an irrelevant artifact of the New Deal.
Lamborn was particularly dismissive, saying that the only workers who actually receive the minimum wage are “kids just entering the work force and minorities, immigrants …” This extraordinary statement went unchallenged by any of the other candidates, although, in a conversation after the forum, Rivera acknowledged that he had been surprised by Lamborn’s remarks.