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Etheridge apologizes for confrontation caught on video
The Hill ^ | 06/14/2010 | Christina Wilkie

Posted on 06/14/2010 11:00:57 AM PDT by Pyro7480

Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) on Monday apologized for behaving aggressively during a confrontation on the street with a young man who claimed to be a student.

"I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved," he said in a statement released by his office.

A video of the incident, in which Etheridge can be seen swatting at a camera and grabbing the young man by the coat collar, appeared online Monday morning.

"Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina," Etheridge said, "I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonscene.thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: assault; chicagoway; dc; democrats; drunkdrunkdem; etheridge; expelthethugs; nc; northcarolina; typicaldemocrat
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I hope the victim still presses charges.
1 posted on 06/14/2010 11:00:57 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480

At least this one has the sense to apologize without using some weasel phrase like “if anyone was offended.”

He is veritable Einstein compared to most of them.


2 posted on 06/14/2010 11:02:18 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: Pyro7480

3 posted on 06/14/2010 11:02:36 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Pyro7480
Too late.

Donate to his opponent:

Renee Ellmers

4 posted on 06/14/2010 11:02:40 AM PDT by Falcon28
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To: Pyro7480

“with a young man who claimed to be a student.”

They just can’t help themselves, can they. He “claimed” to be a student. Like maybe he’s one of those subversive FReeper types who think they have a right to talk to their Congresscritter occasionally...


5 posted on 06/14/2010 11:03:31 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: Pyro7480

Like an appology is supposed to make us all over look that fact you are a complete asshole.


6 posted on 06/14/2010 11:04:00 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: Pyro7480

I apologize. I should NOT have had those last three Bourbons. They tasted great and I felt three sheets to the wind, but in hindsight I’ve probably blown my career (such as it was) right out my ass! Thank you.


7 posted on 06/14/2010 11:04:10 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: Pyro7480

He’s really sorry for only ONE thing...that he was taped and he got caught. Everything else is BS.


8 posted on 06/14/2010 11:04:19 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: Pyro7480

Pretty sincere apology. Can’t ask for much more than that.


9 posted on 06/14/2010 11:04:22 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Pyro7480
The stupid guy assaulted the kid in plain sight and on camera without sufficient provocation.
10 posted on 06/14/2010 11:04:48 AM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Pyro7480
Translation:

"I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved,"

I'm going to try not to start drinking til noon from now on.

"Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina," Etheridge said, "I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect.

Throughout all these years guzzling swill at the public trough, I've tried not to let my true colors show.

No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."

Nevermind that I hate my constituents, and people in general, except for one or two local hookers and a few bartenders here and there, I will try to be nice if I absolutely must confront the lower orders.

11 posted on 06/14/2010 11:05:38 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: stinkerpot65

I ask for more!

I want him lawyered up, ansering questions like a weasel and his wife having to repair to the islands to get away from the press. I want him in court!!

BUt that’s just me and I am a mean girl.


12 posted on 06/14/2010 11:06:09 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: Pyro7480
Guess what douch bag “assault”does not go away with "I am sorry"...
13 posted on 06/14/2010 11:06:18 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Pyro7480
"...No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."

Weasel words right there. The guy asked him if he spoke with Obama, i believe. How is that partisan? And what's intrusive? Being completely inaccessible and unaccountable to your constituency?

He was just doing what Obama told his supporters to do during the campaign, to 'get in their faces.'
14 posted on 06/14/2010 11:06:34 AM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Pretty sincere apology. Can’t ask for much more than that.

I'm holding out for jail time for battery.

15 posted on 06/14/2010 11:06:42 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: stinkerpot65
other than assault charges.......screw him.....
16 posted on 06/14/2010 11:07:28 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Huck

He and Barbara Boxer must do lunch together.


17 posted on 06/14/2010 11:07:47 AM PDT by notaliberal (It's the Constitution---- Stupid!)
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To: Cyclone59

“No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response.”

Translation: the guys who questioned me are intrusive and partisan and are ultimately at fault.

Sigh. He hasn’t quite mastered the apology has he?


18 posted on 06/14/2010 11:08:04 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Pyro7480
"Mediaman" to the rescue.

Whenever a democrat/liberal/progressive is in trouble, they'll be there;

Whenever a democra/liberal/progressive does something stupid, they'll be there;

It's the MAIN STREAM MEDIA (aka obama steno pool).

Disregard any and every thing they say...it's an obama lie.
19 posted on 06/14/2010 11:08:12 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: RobbyS

What he should do is offer to let the kid do a proper interview in his office or at a good restaurant If you are going to eat crow, then do it right.


20 posted on 06/14/2010 11:08:14 AM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: stinkerpot65

See post #18.

Nothing truly sincere in this apology.


21 posted on 06/14/2010 11:08:50 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: stinkerpot65
"Pretty sincere apology. Can’t ask for much more than that."
I hope that's sarcasm.
I'd ask that he have enough common sense to not assault constituents who ask him a question.

22 posted on 06/14/2010 11:09:20 AM PDT by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: Pyro7480; governsleastgovernsbest

Hey, would the MEDIA be interested if a REPUBLICAN congressman assaulted a student??????


23 posted on 06/14/2010 11:09:36 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Doc Savage
I apologize. I should NOT have had those last three Bourbons.

"Who are you, boy? Don't you know how good the liquor is when you're a Congressman?"

24 posted on 06/14/2010 11:10:06 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (It's the spending, stupid!)
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To: Pyro7480
I hope the victim presses charges as well..... but as with every demoRAT altercation or infraction of any evil wrong doing, "it's over & done with now, no harm, no foul, move along now"!

Rat bastard commie pig! I hope & pray that both victims (including the camera man) files assult charges against this commie pig.

25 posted on 06/14/2010 11:10:10 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: stinkerpot65
The video was taken LAST WEEK. Only after it went viral did he bother to make an apology. Not when it happened. Not immediately afterwards.

This isn't an apology, it's a "sorry I got caught" mea culpa.
26 posted on 06/14/2010 11:10:12 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: notaliberal

Is she a lush? I mean, I must say, if I were a Congressman, I’d be a lush too. Why not? Hell, I’d be drinking beer for breakfast. I’d have a flask in my jacket. I’d be smoking doobies in the cloak room.


27 posted on 06/14/2010 11:10:39 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: stinkerpot65
I disagree. The apology is pure spin.

"I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect."

The question posed was viewpoint neutral.

"No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response..."

There was nothing intrusive or partisan about the students actions. They were polite and well within their rights.

28 posted on 06/14/2010 11:11:07 AM PDT by fullchroma (Tell me who you are! We The People!!!)
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To: stinkerpot65
Can’t ask for much more than that.

I can. I'd like a conviction for Assault and Battery.

29 posted on 06/14/2010 11:12:19 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Pretty sincere apology. Can’t ask for much more than that.

You're kidding, right? If this was a Republican, they'd be demanding his resignation right now. And the Republican would be hammered relentlessly by the press, the liberal elite and the Hollywood establishment. The video would be playing constantly on the media, 24/7, on TMZ--everywhere, until his reputation was destroyed. The lawyers would have served him papers in a lawsuit, before EOB today, and the kid would be lauded as some kind of hero, instead of being treated like some kind of pariah. So, no, I'm expecting much, much more from this POS "Public Servant" who would try to man-handle and bully a kid for asking a simple, honest question.

30 posted on 06/14/2010 11:12:25 AM PDT by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: Pyro7480
Styx Pieces of Eight Front Pictures, Images and Photos

If those kids hadn't suggested that Styx had the greatest album in 1978, they wouldn't have had such a violent response.

31 posted on 06/14/2010 11:14:03 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Pyro7480

It would be fun to see a well done compilation of all of these Democrats disrespecting people...Reid saying tourists stink, Boxer demanding to be called “Senator”,etc.etc.The subtitle would be something like, “the party who claims to be for the common man/working people...etc.” One such video would pretty much cover all of the races in the various states and would be irresistible to watch.


32 posted on 06/14/2010 11:14:06 AM PDT by Anima Mundi
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

Could be a shape shifting militia member


33 posted on 06/14/2010 11:14:51 AM PDT by Augustinian monk ("Too many freaks and not enough circus tents")
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To: PhilosopherStone1000
They just can’t help themselves, can they.

No, they cannot. We have liberal First Selectwoman. She couldn't help but trash the U.S. for the Japanese interment camps while giving the Memorial Day address to our town.

She told us about the fact that they called them "relocation" camps instead of the "interment" camps because that was nicer. Her father was in one of those camps and he volunteered to fight for the U.S. Still she had to get her shot in.

34 posted on 06/14/2010 11:14:56 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Pyro7480

If anyone has updates on the charges if any, please update us.

Also, noteworthy, but not shocking, CNN doesn’t cover this tree falling in the woods; to them it didn’t make a sound...no sign of it on their unbiased website.


35 posted on 06/14/2010 11:15:45 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Pyro7480
..."I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved," he said in a statement released by his office.

He's only sorry he got caught on camera and it made the 'net. I, too, hope the young man presses charges. At any rate, we can only hope that more Dems follow Etheridge's example and give us more insights into what NOT to aspire to.

36 posted on 06/14/2010 11:17:29 AM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my army hero grandson, and for the intrepid CG explorer!)
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To: Snickering Hound

If those kids hadn’t suggested that Styx had the greatest album in 1978, they wouldn’t have had such a violent response.


Sorry, great album; but the humor flew over my head like an SR-71. Also, my kids like Scooby Doo, so if you had said, “if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids, we would have gotten away with it, too” ...I would have gotten that.


37 posted on 06/14/2010 11:18:24 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Huck

LOL.. You nailed it!


38 posted on 06/14/2010 11:19:44 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: CincyRichieRich

CNN: think, Ted Turner, Founder.
Ted Turner: think, Jane Fonda, Wife
Jane Fonda: think, AKA Hanoi Jane

What don’t you understand about CNN’s liberal views?


39 posted on 06/14/2010 11:20:06 AM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my army hero grandson, and for the intrepid CG explorer!)
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To: Pyro7480

He needs to be CHARGED for ASSAULT!! PRESS CHARGES!!!


40 posted on 06/14/2010 11:20:09 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion...the Human Scarifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Pyro7480

Yes, the student should press charges.

Etheridge did not grab the student “by the coat collar.” He grabbed him by the neck, more than once IIRC, and yanked me over to him as if he might put him in a neck hold.

Etheridge’s conduct is a crime and should be treated as such.


41 posted on 06/14/2010 11:20:22 AM PDT by fightinJAG (The Kenyan - short hand for "The Alien in the White House" by Rabinowitz)
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To: Kartographer

Too bad no one among the Dems put the question to Obama, “WHO ARE YOU?”


42 posted on 06/14/2010 11:21:08 AM PDT by fightinJAG (The Kenyan - short hand for "The Alien in the White House" by Rabinowitz)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

From a Congressman who claimed to represent the views of the people of NC-2.


43 posted on 06/14/2010 11:21:15 AM PDT by rod1
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To: Pyro7480

“Behaving aggressively”

eh... no it was assault.


44 posted on 06/14/2010 11:22:23 AM PDT by rod1
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To: Huck

“People with all viewpoints”?

All the guy did was ask him whether he agreed with the Obama agenda. How is that expressing a viewpoint?

And, by the way, Rep. Etheridge: DO YOU AGREE WITH THE OBAMA AGENDA?


45 posted on 06/14/2010 11:22:40 AM PDT by fightinJAG (The Kenyan - short hand for "The Alien in the White House" by Rabinowitz)
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To: Pyro7480

This imperious asswipe should be in jail for what he did.

The common Joe on the street would be.


46 posted on 06/14/2010 11:23:11 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Pyro7480

is this yutz in a competitive district by any chance?


47 posted on 06/14/2010 11:23:32 AM PDT by DM1
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To: bolobaby

He needs to take lessons from the Master of Apologies, Obambi.


48 posted on 06/14/2010 11:23:49 AM PDT by fightinJAG (The Kenyan - short hand for "The Alien in the White House" by Rabinowitz)
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To: fightinJAG

I love this guy. Who are you? Who are you? Dammit, where’s my highball? What the hell? Where am I? Come here sonny, you little..lol. That guy’s a riot. I want to meet him.


49 posted on 06/14/2010 11:23:51 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: Pyro7480
Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) on Monday apologized for behaving aggressively ...

Congressman Etheridge did not merely "behave aggressively". "Behaving aggressively" covers everything from cold-blooded murder by a serial killer to a wife screaming at her husband that he left the toilet seat up.

Etheridge met the legal definition of simple assault. That happens to be a crime.

50 posted on 06/14/2010 11:24:57 AM PDT by Polybius
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