Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) is calling for the resignation of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, following comments he made during an interview from the Democratic National Converntion with the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco based KCBS radio.
As part of a press release, the local Congresswoman said:
"John Burton's comments are simply inexcusable. These outrageous comparisons to the Nazis and Joseph Goebbels should not be part of our public discourse. In a democracy, there will be always be disagreements over policy, but no serious person would ever say such a thing. He should resign."
Burton compared Republican rhetoric with that used by the Nazi propaganda minister during the interview:
“They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie. As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating it, you know,” he said.
“That was Goebbels, a big lie, they said they don’t care about facts,” he said.
“They’re going to lie so, I mean, that’s not pejorative to them. They probably wear it as a compliment.”
California Democratic Party Communications Director Tenoch Flores
emailed a statement from Burton when asked for a response to Bono Mack's call for him to resign.
"To correct press reports of my recent comments about Republican lies,
I did not call Republicans Nazis nor would I ever,'' Burton said in the
statement. "In fact, I didn't even use the word.
"If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan or the Republicans are insulted by my
describing their campaign tactic as the big lie, I most humbly apologize to
them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment.''
Though Burton apologised the for comments on Monday afternoon, the backlash had hit full speed from the Republican National Committee, Jewish groups and the Obama campaign.
According the to Los Angeles Times, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt also rebuked Burton, saying that his stance “doesn’t have any place in the political discourse here in Charlotte,” though the campaign has yet to say if it will call for Burton’s resignation.