Right after Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, R, made the "Adolf" comment about Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, he was challenged.
"Isn't that a little over the top?" asked "Off the Record" host Tim Skubick.
"Yeah, I want it to be!" replied L. Brooks Patterson.
Patterson was upset about how Bolger has handled the discussion around proposed changes Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law.
You can watch the exchange here:
Patterson was called on to apologize for going too far.
He did send this tweet:
I alienated some in Jewish comm.when I called the Speaker "Adolf." I was commenting on his leadership style. To those offended I apologize
— L. Brooks Patterson (@BrooksPatterson) May 3, 2013
On WJR's "Paul W. Smith Show," Jase Bolger said he has not received a personal apology:
"He didn't apologize to me. He's got my number. He calls me anytime he needs something. But he hasn't called me."
Paul Smith followed up with Patterson and asked him to "just apologize to Jase Bolger right now and be done with it!"
"He's getting a lukewarm apology in the mail," replied Patterson.
Patterson seemed upset that he was receiving so much criticism for the remark, calling politics "a contact sport."
Bolger likes to play rough too. In a separate political flap, Bolger attempted to take his ball and go home in the state legislature.
Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta summed up the sad, little, insider game this way:
So, Jase Bolger essentially said: Fine, you want to talk about attendance at committee meetings? You know those eight Democrats who missed meetings in the past week? Well, they’re off their committees.
The state's dad, Gov. Rick Snyder, has called on everyone to tone it down and play nice.
“I’m calling on every public official in the state to say, ‘We can do better,’ and to make a personal commitment to help establish Michigan as a national leader in restoring respect and civility to the political process.”