Washington state Congressman Brian Baird is apologizing for his criticism of raucous town-hall meetings on health care, and is now scheduling some in-person meetings of his own.
The Vancouver Democrat recently said people disrupting other town halls were exhibiting a “lynch mob mentality” and “close to Brownshirt tactics,” a reference to Nazi stormtroopers.
But in a statement Wednesday, Baird says he was wrong to use those words. He also called for a more civil debate on health care, and said he’s going to hold five town-hall meetings.
In his statement, he calls himself a “huge advocate” of town halls and said that he has hosted more than 300.
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The first will be Tuesday at Skyview High School in Vancouver.
The News Tribune and The Associated Press