GOP Rep. Burton Skips House Votes to Play Golf

Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton apologized Monday for missing 19 votes to play in a golf tournament in January.

Burton, a high-ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told local talk show host Greg Garrison that he missed the votes in January after making reservations to play in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic while Republicans were still in office, according to a report in The Indianapolis Star. Burton said he didn't think Republicans, who he expected to maintain the majority, would have scheduled votes so early in the year.

Burton, who has a 12 handicap, also skipped hearings on Iraq and North Korea to play in the Palm Springs, Calif., tournament.

"I probably made a mistake," Burton said.

The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is among the most prestigious golf tournaments open to amateurs, linking them together with professional golfers and celebrities. Burton, whose team tied in 61st place of 122, got to play with pros Dudley Hart, Brian Gay, John Cook and David Branshaw.