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Rep. Tom Latham Under Fire for Laughing at 'Pistol Whipping' of Nuns on the Bus

Should he say he's sorry? Faith in Public Life and Faithful America is asking the Congressman to apologize for laughing at a comment. Latham says that anyone who knows him knows he wouldn't condone such rhetoric.

AMES, IA — A group is calling on U.S. Rep.  to apologize for laughing when a conservative talk show host asked him if Congress had the power to pull over Nuns on the Bus and pistol whip them.

According to the Faith in Public Life group, Jan Mickelson, on June 22, said, “There’s a bus full of nuns headed towards Washington to lobby against the Ryan plan. Do you guys, do you have any power to pull the Nuns on the Bus over and pistol whip them?”

Latham then said, “It’s always fun to be on your show” and laughter is heard.

Nuns on the Bus of NETWORK, a liberal Catholic social justice lobby, launched its national tour to advocate for the poor and against the Ryan Budget here in  at Congressman Steve King's campaign office. The Republican of Kiron faces Ames Democrat Christie Vilsack in the race for Iowa's new 4th Congressional district. 

Latham will no longer represent Ames after the November 2012 election.

Latham faces fellow incumbent Leonard Boswell, a Democrat, in the November 2012 election for a revamped Third District seat that includes Polk and Dallas counties.

A statement from Faith in Public Life on Latham's laughter said:

“While Congressman Latham doesn’t express outright support for Mickelson’s statement, he seems unfazed by the suggestion and happy to laugh off this grotesque call for violence on women ... It’s unacceptable for anyone, let alone an elected representative, to tacitly condone suggestions of violence. Rep. Latham should apologize and clarify that he would never support 'pistol whipping' religious sisters.”

Latham said Wednesday, "Jan's comments were an unfortunate and uncomfortable attempt at humor. Anyone who knows me is aware that it goes without saying that I would not condone such rhetoric."

So far more than 15,000 have signed an online petition posted by Faithful America, an interfaith social and political interest group sponsored by Faith in Public Life. The petition asks Latham to “disavow Jan Mickelson's hateful comments and apologize” to Nuns on the Bus.

Jessica Barba Brown, Faith in Public Life vice president for program development said "Mickelson should also apologize but Latham is an elected member of Congress who is supposed to represent all his constituents, including Catholic sisters. He should be held to a higher standard."

What do you think? Does Latham owe anyone an apology? Tell us in the comments.

falling July 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The joke was just rediculous, over the top, nonsense and deserved a laugh. And it was made by the liberal talk show host, so he is the one you should be mad at if you want to pretend to be mad! As for Republican's only looking out for the rich....Republicans ARE the middle class. We just want to go to work, live our lives and be left alone by the idiots in DC. We do not care if the rich get rich, we want the poor to start making better life decisions and take some personal responsibility for themselves...just like we did when we were broke teenagers working our way up the ladder. We don't mine giving someone a hand up, but we are getting sick and tired of giving so many generational handouts!
Pfoff July 01, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Why should President Obama apologize for something somebody else said ?. Gary.. I can't apologize for you being ignorant..you have to do that yourself.
allison July 02, 2012 at 02:58 AM
We would, but Obama ate 'em.
Thomas Baldwin September 27, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I think the best law that could happen would all politician be required to take a polygrafe. That would get rid of the main crooks. I wonder how many politiicians would vote for such a washington cleaning agenda.
Thomas Baldwin September 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I dis like all politicians.

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