Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX) apologized this afternoon for getting testy at a recent town hall, decrying the unflattering viral video that caught him yelling at a constituent as “cynical tactics by political operatives.”
In an edited, less-than-45-second clip posted by BreitbartTV, Rodriguez is seen sparring with someone in what appears to be a restaurant. “Don’t say that I’m not saying the truth,” Rodriguez says in the video, smacking a sheet of papers for emphasis.
Rodriguez said in a statement that he’s held 181 public events during this session of Congress.
“With that comes a healthy debate about issues people care passionately about,” Rodriguez said. “Unfortunately political operatives associated with my opponent’s campaign tried to turn it into something else — attempting to hijack a ‘Congress on your corner’ event merely to engage in uncivil, cynical videotape baiting tactics. The people of Southwest Texas deserve better than that.”
“That said, I apologize for losing my temper at an event that should always be a civil and respectful exchange of ideas,” he said.
He’s running against Francisco Canseco (R) this fall.
Republicans are attempting to tie the incident to Rep. Bob Etheridge, who was caught on video yelling at young men with a camera, self-proclaimed student journalists.