Anonymity is like a warm blanket. So said Vanessa Redgrave,aka Job to Tom Cruise in the 1996 movie Mission Impossible. Betcha that Rep Bob Etheridge from North Carolina’s second district would pay dearly for a measure of that sort of invisibility about now.
The 7 term Democrat has been caught in the full glare of the media spotlight due to an event that occurred just last week. Here’s a guess that it is his first appearance on Drudge and he hopes his last. What did the still part-time farmer and former Superintendent of Public Instruction for North Carolina do to garner such attention?
Seem sthat last week he was on his way to a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser when he encountered a couple of college students with a video camera who asked him if he supported the Obama agenda. He demanded to know who they were and when they declined , he grabbed the camera from one person and grabbed the other by the wrist. He persisted in asking for identification and when they did not resond he grabbed one by the neck and shoulders, refusing to let go. The individual finaly slipped away.
Today, a few days later, Etheridge finally released a statement. ( WTVD, the ABC affiliate in Raleigh had previously left 11 messages requesting comment.) He acknowledges having seen the video and expresses his regret for his reaction and apologizes to all involved.
Now what? The aforementioned tv station confirmed with DC metropolitan police that no charges had been filed, which is quite fortunate for Rep. Etheridge. Was it an a ssault ? Follow the link on Drudge and watch the 1: 11 for yourself. I watched and was disturbed by Etheridge’s reaction, regardless of whether he was provoked. He had a rather tight grip on the wrist of one individual and refused to let go when asked. This is the same congressman who has encouraged college students to get involved in politics.
Granted, there may have been an element of entrapament, emphasis on maybe. That in no way justifies a physical confrontation. Very curious as to what the reaction will be inside the Beltway. Any doubt that it will be partisan in nature? Good thing Rush will return tomorrow. This is right up his alley!
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