Here's the email Hatch sent to lawmakers and statehouse staff:
From: Hatch, Jack [LEGIS]Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 9:35 AM To: All Legislators; All Senate Staff; All House Staff Subject: An apology
Dear colleagues and legislative staff,
I am writing to apologize for a comment I made last week. As legislators, our comments reflect on everyone, and last Wednesday I made an inappropriate reference. It was wrong and inexcusable. We are to reflect Iowa values, and Iowans are a tolerant group. Our values embrace diversity and legislators need to reflect our highest standards.Last Wednesday, I failed that standard and for that, I am sorry. It will never happen again.
If you want to discuss this with me, please seek me out.