The Fox News commentator who said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles)
should "step away from the crack pipe" referring to remarks she made
about House Republican leaders said his comments were a joke. But the
Los Angeles County Democratic Party didn't find it very funny.
Rep. Waters, a Democrat representing parts of Los Angeles, was a
topic of conversation on Thursday's edition of the Fox News morning
newscast "Fox and Friends," because of a speech in which she called House Republic leadership "demons."
That riled up commentator Eric Bolling. "Congresswoman, you saw what
happened to Whitney Houston," he said. "Step away from the crack pipe,
step away from the Xanax, step away from the Lorazepam, because it's
going to get you in trouble."
The show's hosts were caught by surprise and gasped. After the show
returned from a commercial break, Bolling said it was a joke. "I just
want to say I was kidding about the crack pipe," he said. "Just
Eric C. Bauman, chairman of the L.A. County Democratic Party, called
for the network to remove Bolling, condemning his remarks as, at best,
"insensitive and inappropriate" and a "horribly offensive
characterization of a longtime member of Congress."
"At worst," he said in a statement, "Bolling's comment oozes racism,
which serves to discredit a strong African American woman by
perpetrating racial stereotypes. Regardless of whether this remark was
deliberate or offhand -- it was irresponsible, despicable and