Congressman Tim Ryan Apologizes for Remark on MSNBC’s Hardball

tim-ryanWashington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made the following statement in response to a recent comment on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

“I sincerely apologize for my remarks on Hardball. I am a proud Italian American, raised by an Italian mother and Italian grandparents. Growing up our Italian neighbors and my family made homemade wine, which was – and still commonly is – affectionately referred to by that name. Rest assured I meant no offense by my comments and have the deepest pride and respect for my Italian heritage. The Italian culture and values have significantly shaped who I am, and I would never intentionally demean or degrade the very culture that has been so integral to my life.

“I know from the stories of my grandparents and great-grandparents the real struggles and discrimination that Italian Americans faced when they first immigrated to America. It pains me to think I may have somehow hurt my fellow Italians by my remark. Please accept my deepest apology and know that I will always try to best reflect the values of our heritage.”