State GOP Chair Demands Apology From Reid Following Katrina Gaffe

It didn’t take long for Harry Reid’s statement about how Sandy was worse than Katrina to hit home and irritate people along the Gulf Coast. And the boneheaded statement by Reid was seized on in virtually no time by the Louisiana Republican Party – as its chairman Roger Villere and executive director Jason Dore’ noted that Reid didn’t do Sen. Mary Landrieu any favors…

On Friday, Democrat US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated on the floor of US Senate that Hurricane Katrina was “nothing in comparison” to Super Storm Sandy.

“The people of New Orleans in that area…they were hurt…” Reid said. “…but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New England.”

The Republican Party of Louisiana now calls on Harry Reid to apologize and for the Louisiana Democratic Party and liberal Senator Mary Landrieu to denounce Reid’s comments and demand a formal apology to the residents of Louisiana.

“Senator Reid’s remarks were an insult to the more than 1,800 people whose lives were lost, their families, those whose small businesses and livelihoods were destroyed and all of those who were hurt by Hurricane Katrina’s $80 billion in devastation,” said LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere. “Both Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy were disastrous storms that led to a large loss of life, property and livelihoods. Senator Reid should be educated on this fact by his fellow Democrats and should issue a formal apology.”

“Hurricanes and other catastrophic disasters are not to be pawns of liberal politicians,” LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré said. “Senator Landrieu claims to defend the residents of Louisiana, but so far has shown that she cannot inform her own leadership of the depth of Louisiana’s challenges. Here is her chance to publicly stand up for us.”

To see Harry Reid’s comments for yourself, click here.

UPDATE: The reaction, and Reid’s non-apology walkback.

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