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If you called the Washington office of Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton Friday, all you got was a recording saying the office was closed.
The Congressman who created a national uproar and embarrassment wasn’t taking calls.
Neither was anyone else on his staff although press secretary Sean Brown said in an email that aides were working that day he would not elaborate.
Republicans and Democrats both consider Barton a pariah after he “apologized” to oil giant BP for what he called a “shakedown” in the company’s meeting with President Obama because BP agreed to fork over $20 billion for Gulf Oil spill victims.
Republican leaders summoned Barton to a “come to Jesus” meeting right after his remarks and he emerged with an apology for his apology to BP.
It wasn’t enough for most and GOP leaders told him to issue another apology.
Republican Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama called Barton’s apologies “half-hearted,” said his remarks about a “shakedown” were “stupid and insensitive” and called on the Texas congressman to step down as the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Few expect Barton to survive for his gaffe.
And even fewer feel sorry for him.