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Joe Barton: Who's sorry now?

*** UPDATE 2 *** Rep. Barton's communications director reached out to First Read to take responsibility for the Tweet. (See below)


Rep. Joe Barton infamously apologized to BP last week at a hearing for what he called a White House "shakedown" and infringement of a private company.

The Texas Republican then apologized for apologizing only after Republican leadership vowed to strip him of his all-important ranking status on the House Energy and Commerce Committee if he refused.

Today, a "Tweet" of his raises new questions as to just how sorry he is. He wrote: "Joe Barton Was Right," linking to a perspective item written on a blog of the conservative magazine The American Spectator with the same headline.

(Hat tip: Dave Weigel)

*** UPDATE *** NBC's Ellie Hall reports that Barton's Tweet has now, in fact, been deleted.

*** UPDATE 2 *** Rep. Barton's communications director reached out to First Read to take responsibility for the Tweet. Sean Brown writes:

Since you guys wrote an article about it its morning: I did it!

Without thinking about it much, I added a headline from one of the daily news clips to a website that is, in turn, linked to the congressman’s Twitter account. Mr. Barton was not aware of the Tweet…