The following is Cong. Phil Gingrey’s response to yesterday’s article in the Politico, which was linked here, on the Drudge Report, AJC Political Insider and will no doubt be a topic of discussion on Rush’s show today.
Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA) made the following statement in response to an article that ran in Politico Newspaper about comments he made regarding conservative commentator, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Leadership:
Because of the high volume of phone calls and correspondence received by my office since the Politico article ran, I wanted to take a moment to speak directly to grassroots conservatives. Let me assure you, I am one of you. I believe I was sent to Washington to fight for and defend our traditional values of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, and the lives of the unborn. In my six years in Washington, I have led the charge on many of these issues. In fact, in 2008 The National Journal ranked me the #1 most conservative Member of the House of Representatives.
As long as I am in the Congress, I will continue to fight for and defend our sacred values. I have actively opposed every bailout, every rebate check, every so called “stimulus.” And on so many of these things, I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh. Regardless of what yesterday’s headline may have read, I never told Rush to back off. I regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservatives—that was not my intent. I am also sorry to see that my comments in defense of our Republican Leadership read much harsher than they actually were intended, but I recognize it is my responsibility to clarify my own comments.
Now more than ever, we need to articulate a clear conservative message that distinguishes our values and our approach from those of liberal democrats who are seeking to move our nation in the wrong direction. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and other conservative giants are the voices of the conservative movement’s conscience. Everyday, millions and millions of Americans—myself included—turn on their radios and televisions to listen to what they have to say, and we are inspired by their words and by their determination.
At the end of the day, every member of the conservative movement, from our political commentators and thinkers to our elected officials, share an important and common purpose in advancing the cause of liberty, reigning in a bloated federal government, and defending our traditional family values.
Now we can go back to accusing him of pandering to the conservative base.
There is a huge difference between what Barack Obama said about Rush and what Phil Gingrey said about Rush.
Obama will use his Presidency to silence folks like Rush and Sean and anyone who speaks out against him under the guise of commerce and “public benefit.”
That is the real threat to conservative talk radio and attacking those who are on our side in that battle, like Phil Gingrey, is continuing to circle the waggons and shoot inward.
This is probably the goal of liberal media outlets like Politico. All you have to do is see the pictures of Rush they ran with the article yesterday (which now have been taken off the page with the article) to see their obvious bias.