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Benghazi whistle-blower a Democrat, voted for Hillary and Obama twice
The Daily Caller ^ | 5-11-2013 | Caroline May

Posted on 05/11/2013 9:09:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing

May 11, 2013

Benghazi whistle-blower a Democrat, voted for Hillary and Obama twice

Caroline May

A key Benghazi whistle-blower who has allegedly been punished for speaking out against the administration is a registered Democrat who voted for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The lawyer of Gregory Hicks, the former U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya who testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, confirmed the information to The Daily Caller on Saturday.

According to the lawyer, Victoria Toensing, Hicks voted for Clinton during the 2008 primary, and for then-Illinois Sen. Obama in the 2008 general election. He again voted for Obama in 2012.

“The fact is he is a registered Democrat in Virginia. The fact is he voted for Hilary in the primary and Obama and then again for Obama,” Toensing said.

Toensing added that she did not know he was a Democrat until the day before the hearing.

“I’m not interested in that,” she said. “I’m interested in government not abusing its powers.”

Hicks testified before the House Oversight Committee this week regarding the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi and recalled how the State Department told him not to cooperate with the congressional investigation into the events, which led to the deaths of four Americans.

Hicks further testified that he has been demoted since Benghazi.

“The job now is a significant … it’s a demotion,” Hicks said before the committee. “Foreign-affairs officer is a designation that is given to our civil service colleagues who are desk officers. So I’ve been effectively demoted from deputy chief of mission to desk officer.”

The State Department has denied the demotion, saying that Hicks decided to end his assignment in Libya early.

“The Department has not and will not retaliate against Mr. Hicks,” Acting Deputy State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said during a Thursday press briefing. “As he testified yesterday, he decided to shorten his assignment in Libya following the attacks, in part due to understandable family reasons, and that he has followed standard employment processes.”

According to Toensing, however, the administration is simply lying.

“The State Department is lying — saying he was not demoted. It is almost impossible under law for them to take away anybody’s salary. But they demoted him to a job where he has no meaningful work,” she said. “He had a choice between no job whatsoever and a job that didn’t have any meaningful work. And I say this is like telling a starving man he can have no food or he can have the rotten beef. And if he chooses the rotten beef, is that a choice?”


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; gregoryhicks; libya; patrickventrell; victoriatoensing; virginia; waronterror
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1 posted on 05/11/2013 9:09:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

LOLOLOL.

There goes one argument.

Most career public servants are democrats.


2 posted on 05/11/2013 9:12:08 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: smoothsailing

Never trust a communist. Even if you voted for them. Twice.


3 posted on 05/11/2013 9:12:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: smoothsailing
Should have known better.

vaudine

4 posted on 05/11/2013 9:13:01 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: smoothsailing

Sean Smiths mother said once early in the scandal that her son loved Obama. Seems like Tyrone Woods father is a democRat lover too. But that’s just a gut feeling.


5 posted on 05/11/2013 9:13:56 PM PDT by uncitizen
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6 posted on 05/11/2013 9:14:01 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

No wonder they demoted him, how dare he leave the hive! HA!


7 posted on 05/11/2013 9:14:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
“Benghazi whistle-blower a Democrat, voted for Hillary and Obama twice”

A DEMOCRAT? Damn, now I don't know whether to believe him or not.

8 posted on 05/11/2013 9:16:21 PM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: smoothsailing

Bet Hicks is regretting those votes


9 posted on 05/11/2013 9:17:30 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: smoothsailing

LOL.
You’re right!


10 posted on 05/11/2013 9:17:48 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: smoothsailing

It is hard to understand how he could have voted for Obama after Benghazi.


11 posted on 05/11/2013 9:20:57 PM PDT by fellowpatriot
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To: Tupelo

It would be too risky to have a lawful conservative citizen in that Benghazi outpost


12 posted on 05/11/2013 9:22:38 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Tupelo

You can bet if he was a republican we would have heard about it months ago while they discounted him as a hate monger republican.


13 posted on 05/11/2013 9:25:33 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: smoothsailing

I think more and more Dems are going to choose the right side in this issue, and maybe it will wake some of them up all around.


14 posted on 05/11/2013 9:26:28 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: onyx

Happy Mothers Day.....


15 posted on 05/11/2013 9:26:31 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: fellowpatriot

Agreed, but then just trying to understand Democrats for any reason is hardly worth the effort. :)


16 posted on 05/11/2013 9:30:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: uncitizen

She may have liked Obama before..but NOT anymore..check out this video posted on rightscoop

WOW! Pat Smith tells Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Mothers Day’: She’s got her kid but I don’t have mine, BECAUSE OF HER

http://www.therightscoop.com/wow-pat-smith-tells-hillary-clinton-happy-mothers-day-shes-got-her-kid-but-i-dont-have-mine-because-of-her/


17 posted on 05/11/2013 9:30:11 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: fellowpatriot

Absentee ballot? You are right. How could he vote for BO after that?


18 posted on 05/11/2013 9:30:34 PM PDT by mom.mom
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To: onyx
Jay Carney and "The White Washing". :)

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19 posted on 05/11/2013 9:32:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

When does he get the “unexpected nighttime auto accident”?


20 posted on 05/11/2013 9:32:43 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Q: The worst president in US history?)
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To: smoothsailing
According to the lawyer, Victoria Toensing, Hicks voted for Clinton during the 2008 primary, and for then-Illinois Sen. Obama in the 2008 general election. He again voted for Obama in 2012.

Actually, this is very disturbing. He voted for Obastard after what he saw happen in Benghazi, before, during and after 9/11/12? The reductions in security, the leaving of his boss to die wasn't bad enough? He only soured when his status changed to "whistle-blower?"

This Gregory Hicks chap seems to have no principles. I appreciate his coming forward, but I wouldn't hire him for anything.

21 posted on 05/11/2013 9:32:48 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: fellowpatriot

Yes, very hard to understand. I sure don’t. Maybe he did an early ballot?


22 posted on 05/11/2013 9:35:41 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: smoothsailing
The poor Rat Hicks probably still can't come to grips with how badly he has been screwed.

That's the appearance he has to me.

23 posted on 05/11/2013 9:38:43 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I don’t understand democrats, so I’m not offering an excuse for Hicks or any other democrat, but it may be that he submitted an early absentee ballot before 9-11-12.


24 posted on 05/11/2013 9:39:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

He voted for Obama AFTER Benghazi? He’s a fool and dumb enough not to be believed.


25 posted on 05/11/2013 9:39:54 PM PDT by jch10 (The greatest threat to America is the Democrats.)
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To: smoothsailing

I have respect for this man, democrat or not, however, I do believe that he got exactly what he voted for.


26 posted on 05/11/2013 9:40:37 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: smoothsailing

I like!
Thank you!


27 posted on 05/11/2013 9:41:15 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: smoothsailing
I have this.


28 posted on 05/11/2013 9:42:05 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

You’re Welcome! :o)


29 posted on 05/11/2013 9:42:15 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Well then he got just what he voted for, the Shaft to America. Maybe he’s earned something, one hopes.


30 posted on 05/11/2013 9:43:26 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: chris37

I agree with you though I hate to say that the alternatives were just as bad. Talk about bad crop after bad crop!


31 posted on 05/11/2013 9:43:46 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks again!!


32 posted on 05/11/2013 9:44:32 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Tupelo
A DEMOCRAT? Damn, now I don't know whether to believe him or not.

Exactly.

"EVERYTHING about socialism is sham and affectation." - 23.11 Ch23 Evil; Economic Harmonies; Frederic Bastiat 1801-1850

(CAPS mine)

33 posted on 05/11/2013 9:44:42 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Enchante

‘Learned’ something.... Danged touchpad!


34 posted on 05/11/2013 9:45:02 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: PGalt

“Sham and affectation”.....describes Hilliary and Obama to a T!


35 posted on 05/11/2013 9:45:54 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: smoothsailing

No way! (Do I really need the /sarc tag?)


36 posted on 05/11/2013 9:46:20 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: smoothsailing

ugh! Sorry but there is no registration by party in Virginia. One can ask for a Democrat ballot and vote in a Dem primary but that doesn’t affect the registration.


37 posted on 05/11/2013 9:46:29 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: smoothsailing

“The State department has denied the demotion,”

Sure they do. Like the IRS denied doing anything at all wrong after tea party organizations were targeted. Then, when it appeared that ‘2+2’ did equal four, they admitted that the ‘nothing wrong’ was committed by ‘lower level officials.’

This guy was demoted for “disloyalty” as if he was appointed, rather than a part of the civil service. And the MSM worm has turned. Next they will say his demotion was due to the actions of his superior, who will be expected to “fall on his sword.” Let’s hope s/he saved e-mail.


38 posted on 05/11/2013 9:47:01 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

That is disturbing, knowing Obama was threatening a video maker to cover up and to still vote for him?


39 posted on 05/11/2013 9:50:02 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: smoothsailing

Absentee voting in VA was Oct 17 - Nov 3, 2012. When did he watch Rice and feel embarrassed?? Pretty sure it was pre-10/17.


40 posted on 05/11/2013 9:50:44 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: petitfour

Yes agreed.

This country is no longer producing the human resources it needs to continue in a positive direction.

We seem to be producing morons, drones, slaves, liars and tyrants.


41 posted on 05/11/2013 9:51:09 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: EDINVA

Thanks for that info. Yeah, Rice was on the talk shows 9-16 wasn’t it? Sure took Hicks a while to put it all together. Democrats, I’ll never understand them.


42 posted on 05/11/2013 10:01:07 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: little jeremiah

I think there is an old saying that a conservative is a liberal that has been mugged or robbed.


43 posted on 05/11/2013 10:04:38 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: smoothsailing

looks like one Democrat male grew a ball back.


44 posted on 05/11/2013 10:07:42 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: onyx

Will the sign be in place at the next presser?
Just asking.


45 posted on 05/11/2013 10:08:13 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: Dallas59

Hope it’s not at 3:00.


46 posted on 05/11/2013 10:09:59 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: fellowpatriot
It is hard to understand how he could have voted for Obama after Benghazi.

Well he is Democrat. He may have very well voted TWICE the first time around.

47 posted on 05/11/2013 10:10:17 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: GOP Poet

When you’re a democRAT you’re a democRAT, you punch D like a good little commie


48 posted on 05/11/2013 10:11:32 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m a little skeptical of this account. How does Toensing know who he voted for, unless he told her? And why would he tell her, or why would she ask — simply so an article like this can be written?


49 posted on 05/11/2013 10:11:33 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: glyptol

Some people learn when they stick their hand in the fire, some don’t.

I think this fire will teach some Dems realith from lies. Hopefully more than a few.


50 posted on 05/11/2013 10:13:02 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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