ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@JaffeMatt) reports:
Tim Pawlenty's national campaign chairman, Vin Weber, is apologizing tonight for saying earlier today that Rep. Michele Bachmann will be "very hard to beat" in the Iowa caucuses in part because she's got "sex appeal."
"She's got hometown appeal, she's got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she's got a little sex appeal too," Weber said in an interview with The Hill.
Pawlenty later told the AP before a stop in Ames that Weber was not speaking for the campaign.
"You shouldn't use sex appeal in evaluating a candidate's fitness for office," Pawlenty said, according to the AP.
Tonight Weber issued a statement apologizing for his comment.
"I made a mistake that was disrespectful to my friend Congresswoman Bachmann," Weber said. "I've been a Bachmann supporter in her Congressional bids and I apologize. I was not speaking on behalf of Governor Pawlenty's campaign but nevertheless, it was inappropriate and I'm sorry."