(CNN) -- A top adviser to Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign apologized late Wednesday for making a reference to Michele Bachmann's "sex appeal" during an interview.
Vin Weber apologized for the remarks originally made in an interview with The Hill newspaper regarding Bachmann.
"She's got hometown appeal, she's got ideological appeal," he said. "And, I hate to say it, but she's got a little sex appeal too."
Weber, a former co-chairman of Pawlenty's political action committee, issued the apology in a statement distributed by the Pawlenty campaign.
"I made a mistake that was disrespectful to my friend Congresswoman Bachmann," he 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."
Bachmann, 55, formally announced her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination last week.