Party chairman offers to bring Pelosi, Rogers together if he apologizes
At an event at Auburn Montgomery on Monday, Rogers referred to the speaker as "crazy," "mean as a snake," and "Tom Delay in a skirt."
Several outlets including the Drudge Report linked to the story and the Montgomery Advertiser's South Union Street blog, which had more than 250,000 hits as of early Tuesday afternoon.
Democratic Chairman Joe Turnham said he would personally try to set up a meeting between Pelosi, a California Democrat, and Rogers to discuss bi-partisan cooperation if Rogers apologizes to her.
Rogers, R-Saks, said "they don't talk to us," stating the Democrats had enough votes in the U.S. House and did not need the Republicans.
The congressman also said the Republicans treated the Democrats the same way when their party was in the majority.
"At some point we've got to recognize that the power goes back and forth," he said. "One side only has it for a finite time and we've got to work together while the minority is still sensitive because that's going to be us one day."
Turnham has met the speaker on a number of occasions and last year she was the speaker at the Alabama Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner.
"She does her job with passion and tenacity. While Congressman Rogers does not agree with her politics, she is not the evil person Congressman Rogers portrays her to be," Turnham said in a release. "Congressman Rogers cannot serve the people of Alabama effectively if he uses profane language to disparage the speaker in this manner all while expressing the desire for more bi-partisanship in Washington. If Congressman Rogers will publicly apologize to Speaker Pelosi for his unflattering remarks made about her at AUM this week, I will personally request that the speaker meet with Congressman Rogers and discuss how he and the speaker’s office can work more productively together.
“You can’t call people names and then bemoan the fact they won’t work with you."
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen