GOP official likens Mich. House speaker to Hitler

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A top Republican has likened the GOP leader of the Michigan House to Adolf Hitler.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Friday called Speaker Jase Bolger "Adolf Bolger" during public television's "Off the Record" show. He also pulled a comb and held it over his lip like the Nazi leader's mustache.

Patterson is upset over legislation to end unlimited medical benefits for people catastrophically injured in car crashes and replace them with a $1 million cap. Patterson was seriously injured in a crash last year and his driver became a quadriplegic.

Patterson also criticized Bolger for removing Democrats from their committee assignments. Patterson says Bolger is arrogant and is embarrassing himself.

Bolger had no immediate comment, though other House Republicans say Patterson went too far and should apologize.

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