The Missouri congressman who compared Congress to the late singer via Twitter apologized for his tweet.
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., said in an e-mail to theSpringfield News-Leader that he “meant no disrespect to Amy, her family or her fans.”
Yesterday, before the Grammy Award-winning singer had even been buried, Long tweeted, “No one could reach #AmyWinehouse before it was too late. Can anyone reach Washington before it’s too late? Both addicted — same fate???”
Long, an auctioneer before he was elected to Congress last year, said he does believe that spending 42% more than the government takes in is an “addiction.” Congress and President Obama are at odds on how to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion in borrowing authority before Aug. 2.
The congressman’s original tweet was widely reported — and criticized. Across the pond in London, The Daily Mail tabloid called it “the height of bad taste.”
Winehouse, who was found dead Saturday, had a history of drug and alcohol addiction. An autopsy conducted Monday was inconclusive about the cause of her death. Her family and friends buried her today in a private funeral.
Long said about Winehouse:
She was one of the few true artists to come along in a long time. What happened to her was a senseless tragedy and drawing an analogy wasn’t meant to minimize the loss of life. If anyone took offense, I sincerely apologize.