Since Borepatch led me to your blog, you may as well read what I left on his blog. It applies to you as well.The emphasis, of course, is mine. And, well, no, I do not owe Bob Marshall an apology.
I think you are being too harsh on Delegate Bob Marshall. The reason is obvious. You don' live in Virginia. So you are judging the man based upon one statement. That is unfair, and you are old enough to know better. Based upon what I have had time to read of your blog, I suspect you are also wise enough to know better.
Marshall is a solid Conservative. He believes in limited government and is fiscally conservative. Because Marshall also is a Social Conservative, much of Virginia's corporate news media utterly hates his guts. So they constantly use any opportunity to harass him. However, because Marshall speaks thoughtfully and carefully, he rarely gives them any opportunity.
Note that Marshall has been in office since 1991. He represent a district in Northern Virginia, not exactly a red necked backwater. Even though his opponents outspend him every two years, he has won reelection every two years. In fact, in our last Senate election (Federal office), he fell only a few votes short of receiving the Republican Party's nomination.
Is Marshall perfect? No. That honor belongs to God.
Since I rather doubt you would appreciate being judged the same way you judged him, I think it fair to say you owe Marshall an apology."
Borepatch (in a post I unconscionably missed) covered the same topic, and provides a transcript of the entire thing. I'm not going to reproduce it here, because it's very long, but here's the thing:
He said exactly what the article I cited quoted him as saying.
If the article had misquoted him, that would be one thing, and I would most certainly apologize. But it didn't. And so I will not.
Am I perfect? No. No one is, and I have never claimed to be. But I will say this, without reservation: if I ever say anything that morally abhorrent, judge me. HARSHLY. Because I will deserve it.