Senator McCaskill has suspended one of her fieled representatives for a week without pay for comparing Tea Party members to Nazis. McCaskill says she first heard about the remarks by aide Bob Burns last week and immediately apologized to the blogger who posted them. …

McCaskill says Tea Party members are “strong, patriotic, opinionated Americans. I am glad they are airing their opinions; that’s what this country is all about.”

She says she is “embarrassed” that a member of her staff said–apparently sometime last year–that Tea Party members who disrupted town hall meetings were using some of the same tactics early Nazi ‘brown shirts” used in disrupting meetings. Burns has been suspended for a week without pay and will be on probation when he returns.

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