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A North Carolina Congressman Called His Colleagues ‘Eye Candy’ in a Public Speech

A Republican Congressman called his colleagues “eye candy” in a public statement and—shocker—the remark didn’t go over very well. Teen Vogue reports that North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker, the chair of the Republican Study Committee, was making a statement outside the Capitol on Tuesday when the controversial moment occurred. 

“We must become more vocal and visible,” Walker said. “The accomplished men and women of the RSC, and women—if it wasn’t sexist, I would say the RSC ‘eye candy;’ we’ll leave that out of the record—are not attention-seekers.”

Perhaps Walker’s comment would be a little less awful if the RSC didn’t consist of only 16 women among 160 members. CNN says that the remark slipped during Walker’s “3 Promises, 3 Months” speech in which he discussed the RSC’s goals for the upcoming months. According to its website, the group aims to “bring like-minded House members together to promote a[n]…agenda that will limit government, strengthen our national defense, boost America’s economy, preserve traditional values and balance our budget.”

Walker apologized for his comments in a statement to CNN, saying, “I made a flippant remark meant to be light-hearted but fell short. I’m proud of the women who serve in our RSC leadership.” 

Regardless of the apology, Walker didn’t escape from some criticism on Twitter for the remark. 

Walker, who’s currently in his second Congress term and first as the RSC chairman, is also a pastor. He may regret his words, but this is far from being an admirable leader in politics. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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