Peterson apologizes for 9/11 truther comment


After making a slightly offhanded comment about the number of 9/11 truthers in his Minnesota district, Rep. Collin Peterson was called out by the state GOP and has now apologized in case you were offended.

On Monday, Peterson was quoted in a Politico story about the birther believers who still think President Obama wasn't born in Hawaii. Peterson said "Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down... That's why I don't do town meetings."

The Minnesota GOP called him out for making the comment and asked him to apologize to his constituents. And he did just that.

His apology below. Peterson's statement via email, published in the Grand Forks Herald:

"If anyone was offended by my off-handed comment, I sincerely apologize -- I certainly wasn't trying to make fun of anyone. What I was talking about was simply that there are people in Minnesota's Seventh District who have called me and talked to me about this question. The other point I was trying to make is that there are people in the Seventh District who freely identify themselves as outside the mainstream -- on the left and on the right -- who try to hijack public forums like town hall meetings. That's why I do my district meetings on specific topics and in a variety of forums. People in my district know me and they know they can reach me at meetings that happen all around the Seventh District."