CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin shouldn't be so surprised that Republican opponent Doug Truax is still pushing for the Senate Democrats' second-in-command to apologize for falsely accusing U.S. House Republicans for comments that were not made after all during recent debt ceiling negotiations. Truax said Monday Durbin's inflammatory accusations on his Facebook page, then used by Durbin in a fundraising email, demand retraction and a public apology.
"We would expect our children to apologize for spreading a false story," noted Truax, "but for some reason we are not holding a prominent U.S. Senator to the same standard. Dick Durbin needs to apologize and return all the money he raised off the false statement."
In September 2007, Durbin demanded an apology from conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, signing a letter blasting Limbaugh's reference to those that oppose the war in Iraq as "phony soldiers."
The 2007 letter written to Clear Channel Communications CEO Mark Mays, signed by Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), Durbin, Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Patty Murray (D-WA), said Limbaugh’s comments were “outrageous” and “unconscionable," and demanded apology:
Although Americans of goodwill debate the merits of this war, we can all agree that those who serve with such great courage deserve our deepest respect and gratitude. That is why Rush Limbaugh’s recent characterization of troops who oppose the war as “phony soldiers” is such an outrage.
Our troops are fighting and dying to bring to others the freedoms that many take for granted. It is unconscionable that Mr. Limbaugh would criticize them for exercising the fundamentally American right to free speech. Mr. Limbaugh has made outrageous remarks before, but this affront to our soldiers is beyond the pale...
We call on you to publicly repudiate these comments that call into question their service and sacrifice and to ask Mr. Limbaugh to apologize for his comments.
The controversial post was taken down Monday and the Facebook post now says appreciates the White House's clarification, but the senator offers no apology.