Marion County delegate apologizes after injuring House doorkeeper

West Virginia

A west Virginia delegate has apologized for his behavior in a Capitol controversy Friday.

Marion County Democrat Mike Caputo addressed the House of Delegates THIS morning, and said he was sorry for his actions.

Caputo was upset by an anti-Muslim Display posted during “West Virginia Republican Party Day” outside the House chamber.

The delegate kicked in the House door which was closed for the morning prayer and pledge of allegiance, and the door struck one of the doorkeepers standing behind it.

The House is considering possible sanctions against the long-time lawmaker.

“Mr. Speaker and the members, I sincerely apologize for forcing that door open. I understand that one of the doorkeepers may have been injured. And I just feel as horrible about that as you could ever imagine. And I want to personally apologize to him,” said Caputo.

“Protesting the posters that were erected calling all Muslims to be terrorists, which is absolutely a despicable act,” said Ibtsam Barazi, with the Islamic Association of West Virginia.

Dozens of people gathered at the Capitol Saturday morning with the interfaith council that includes Christians and Jews. They condemned the anti-Muslim display that was in the House corridor on Friday.  They were later seated in the House gallery and received loud applause when introduced from the floor.

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