Hevesi apologizes for remark about President Bush
(New York -WABC, June 1, 2006) (WABC) -- State Comptroller Alan Hevesi publicly apologized Thursday for what he now calls a "beyond dumb" remark about a fellow Democrat maybe "putting a bullet between the president's eyes."
Hevesi hastily called a press conference just hours after he put his foot in his mouth during a commencement speech at Queens College. and said his comments were only meant to convey how much strength Sen. Charles Schumer has and how he has the courage to stand up to the president.
"I apologize to the president of the United States" as well as to Schumer, said Hevesi. "I am not a person of violence. I am apologizing as abjectly as I can. There is no excuse for it. It was beyond dumb."
Hevesi said he hadn't been in touch with the White House but he hoped his apology would get to President Bush.
Hevesi, a longtime professor of government and politics at Queens College, also called his comments during the speech "remarkably stupid" and "incredibly moronic."
"I do speak extemporaneously," he said. "And I've never said anything like this."
Schumer spokeswoman Risa Heller said the senator was satisfied with Hevesi's apology.
A least one Republican seized on Hevesi's words.
"Threats against the president are no joke and this incident raises real concerns about Alan Hevesi's fitness to hold public office," GOP Comptroller nominee J. Christopher Callaghan said during his acceptance speech at the Republican state convention on Long Island.
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