In it, but not of it. TPM DC
The Herald reports that Barton (R-TX) will appear at a fundraiser next Wednesday for Stearns, who represents Florida's 6th district.
Stearns himself has said that "BP acted recklessly and should be held fully accountable. Not just for the environmental damage, but there may be criminal action here as well." He has also called for the chair of BP's U.S. operations, Lamar McKay, to resign.
A spokesman in Stearns' office said this morning that he was not aware of the event, and did not immediately respond to TPM's request for confirmation.