Moseley Braun apologizes to Watkins for debate dust-up

February 1, 2011

Two days after an angry outburst during a Chicago mayoral campaign forum, Carol Moseley Braun issued an apology on Tuesday to her opponent in the race.

During a weekend debate at a South Side church, Braun accused Watkins of "being strung out on crack".  Her comment came in response to Watkins, who earlier had accused Braun of being missing in action for the past 20 years.

"Patricia Watkins said she does not expect an apology from me," Braun said during a news conference on Tuesday, surrounded by supporters.  "She is wrong. I want to apologize to her."

Braun continued by apologizing to the church and the congregation and families who are affected by drug addiction. However, she refused to give further detail on the matter or whether she spoke with Watkins personally.

Watkins has stated she never used crack, though she admits to substance abuse more than 30 years ago when she was a teen and young adult. 

"Though I accept Carol's media-issued apology, I believe she should seek sensitivity counseling and make restitution by volunteering at a recovery house as soon as possible," Watkins said in a statement released by her campaign. "Carol's reckless comments reveal her detachment from the experiences of the majority of Chicago families who just need a second chance."