11/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Taking a Stand Against the Kuhl, Hayes and Bachmann Comments

I serve in the House with decent, patriotic Republicans, and as a
congressman I have the honor of representing thousands of Republicans.
They love their country and respect their neighbors. And yet these
recent comments by three of my Republican colleagues must be
challenged. Partisan passions always rise two weeks before an
election, but calling the other party 'anti-American,' saying members
of one party 'hate real Americans' and 'want the American public to
suffer' crosses the line.

No wonder Colin Powell is so concerned about the direction of the
Republican Party. It is at risk of being taken over by the voices of
fear and division. A party so intent on dividing America is unfit to
lead all of America. And so I call on my Republican colleagues to disavow
these statements. These statements are not worthy of a great nation
and a great institution like the United States Congress.