A Nebraska lawmaker is under fire for a comment he made at the ongoing General Motors ignition switch hearings in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
Lee Terry (R.-Neb.) arrived late for the hearing and said, "I'm sorry for being late, but my plane was canceled for mechanical reasons. Probably an ignition switch."
Shortly after the comment was made, Terry issued an apology on his website. It reads:
“No excuses, I said something I shouldn’t have and I apologize. I had no intention of being insensitive but made an off-handed comment that detracted away from the very important substance of today’s hearing on the GM recall. I think everyone can understand what it’s like to say something and not be able to take it back. It just goes to show that no matter what point you’re at in life, we are all human and are all capable of making mistakes.”
Terry was at the hearing because he is the sub committee chairman for commerce, manufacturing and trade. Terry and the sub committee oversee NHTSA, the agency that is directly involved with the GM recall.