*** UPDATE *** Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia finally issued a real apology on the House floor today for her racial remarks from yesterday. Watch it…
Leader Durkin accepted the apology. Make sure to watch that, too.
[ *** End Of Update *** ]
* Yesterday, as you’ll recall, I told you that Democratic state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia said this during a debate on a charter school bill…
“So, listen to me minorities,” she said turning toward the Democratic side of the chamber. “I’m over here because we’re all over on this side, right?”
The Republicans erupted. They have an African-American member, Rep. John Anthony.
Responding to the HGOP outburst, Chapa LaVia said, “Wait,” and then, pointing her finger at the other side of the aisle, said “We have a half. We have a half.”
* This is how Rep. Chapa LaVia explained herself to the Aurora Beacon News…
“The comments were taken out of context. It’s extremely frustrating,” Chapa LaVia said.
By “we have a half,” Chapa LaVia said she was imploring Republican representatives to “let (her) talk to this (Democratic) half (of the floor),” she said.
“Afterward, I apologized and there were no hard feelings,” Chapa LaVia said from Springfield.
“I apologized from the bottom of my heart. You know I’m not that type of person,” Chapa LaVia said to lawmakers from the House floor.
Taken out of context? Um, no.
And she just wanted to talk to her half of the floor? If that’s all she meant, then why even apologize?
And what was the reason she said “we’re all over here” when talking about minorities?