Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn is under fire for his recent remarks about President Obama. According to NPR, while on Denver’s “Caplis and Silver” radio show, the Republican lawmaker compared America’s leader to a tar baby after he was asked about the debt ceiling.

“Now I don’t even want to have to be associated with , it’s like touching a tar baby and you’re stuck, you’re part of a the problem now. You can’t get away,” Lamborn said on the show, according to NPR.

The lawmaker’s comments sparked uproar among many of his cohorts who considered the term racially offensive, including Colorado Democratic House Speaker Terrance Carrol, who is African American.

“Looking beyond the fact that Congressman Lamborn’s entire comment is nonsensical. His use of the term ‘tar baby’ is unfortunate because the historical connotation of that term when used in conjunction with African Americans,” Carrol told NPR. “I certainly hope the congressman simply failed to carefully consider his word choice as opposed to making some racially derogatory remark toward the President.

Shortly after Lamborn’s remarks, his spokesperson issued a statement to NBC’s saying the incident was a misunderstanding and he didn’t mean to offend anyone.

“Congressman Lamborn regrets any misunderstanding,” Catherine Mortensen, the congressman’s director of communication told theGrio. “He simply meant to refer to a sticky situation.”