Delegate Mike Caputo, D-Marion, apologized Saturday for kicking open a door Friday into a doorkeeper at the West Virginia Capitol.

Caputo was angry over an anti-Muslim display at the Capitol and said Friday he'd wanted to check on members inside the House chamber, but the doorkeeper wouldn't let him in. Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, said Friday the doorkeeper was being examined for injury. 

Friday, Caputo offered a public apology on the House floor to the speaker, other delegates and the doorkeeper.

"Mr. Speaker and to the members, I sincerely apologize for forcing that door open," he said. "I understand that one of the doorkeepers may have been injured and I feel as horrible about that as you could ever imagine."

He said he would do his best to rebuild trust and confidence in him, and added that at the end of the day delegates are there "to represent the people.”

"As the speaker said yesterday, we should all remain friends and I hope that you can give me an opportunity to rebuild my friendships with you," he said.

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