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VIDEO: Dem Rep. Etheridge Apologizes For "Unacceptable" Actions
RealClearPolitics ^ | June 14, 2010 | RealClearPolitics

Posted on 06/14/2010 12:41:10 PM PDT by i88schwartz

"I'm sorry, I apologize," Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) said at a press conference.

"No matter how partisan politics have become, there is no excuse," he said.

He took questions from the press and apologized several times throughout the presser.

VIDEO: Dem Congressman Etheridge Assaults Student On Street

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bobetheridge
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1 posted on 06/14/2010 12:41:10 PM PDT by i88schwartz
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2 posted on 06/14/2010 12:41:39 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: i88schwartz

He should have to appologize to the victim after his conviction for assault.


3 posted on 06/14/2010 12:42:00 PM PDT by Dayman
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To: i88schwartz
"No matter how partisan politics have become, there is no excuse," he said.

But, the Democrats are saying this was a planned hit piece by Republicans. If that's true, why is he apologizing?

4 posted on 06/14/2010 12:42:32 PM PDT by bcsco (First there was Slick Willie. Now there's "Oil Slick" Obamal...)
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To: i88schwartz

I wonder what would happen to a constituent who did the same thing to the Rep.?


5 posted on 06/14/2010 12:43:07 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
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To: i88schwartz

More violence from the left.

good thing he did not call the kid “Macaca”.


6 posted on 06/14/2010 12:43:13 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: i88schwartz

So it is over? He is now cleared??
Renee Ellmer’s for CONGRESS!!!!

Support her!!! Make donations today...this could be a
Joe Wilson moment for her!!

http://www.reneeforcongress.com/


7 posted on 06/14/2010 12:43:14 PM PDT by pollywog ("Under His Wings".........Psalm 91:4)
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To: i88schwartz

I wonder if any of his staffers had the guts the look him in the eye and say “You really screwed the pooch this time Boss.”

I mean they have to know because of this they’ll be looking for a new job come November anyway...


8 posted on 06/14/2010 12:44:25 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: i88schwartz

There’s no apology here.......all this amounts to spin-control under duress. He’s sorry the video got out, that’s about it.


9 posted on 06/14/2010 12:45:25 PM PDT by paulcissa (The first requirement of Liberalism is to stand on your head and tell the world they're upside down)
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To: paulcissa

Yep. Even in his apology he attacks the students and makes excuses about partisan politics.


10 posted on 06/14/2010 12:46:47 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: i88schwartz

Why has this criminal whose crime is on video not been arrested for assault?


11 posted on 06/14/2010 12:47:24 PM PDT by chris37
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To: i88schwartz
In the video Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) declines to say whether or not his does support The Obamah Agenda.

"Yes Sir, Young Man, 100%", ...Wouldn't that have been his best answer?

Why would any Democrat not be proud to support The Obamah Agenda? ...so there's no 'gotcha moment' to be had if he'd only answered the kids question.

12 posted on 06/14/2010 12:48:51 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: i88schwartz
Cong. Bob Etheridge (D-NC02): “It’s a sad state of affairs in this country that things have gotten so out of hand that unfortunate and regrettable responses to Teabaggers and violent people of that ilk could have impacted people in such a way that someone (usually, someone on the fringe of the hateful, gun-hugging right wing) might be offended mildly, but provoked to violent action, by this alleged act that I may or may not have had either some knowledge or involvement with.”

Besides, why should he apologize for a Republican Hatchet Job?

13 posted on 06/14/2010 12:49:43 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: chris37
You can't arrest him. He was on his way to the Capitol for a crucial vote.

‹/sarc›

14 posted on 06/14/2010 12:50:19 PM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: i88schwartz

He’s a Dem. He’ll walk on all this. Nothing to see here. Move along!

I’d have been very tempted to punch the livin’ crap out of him. But then, I would be the one in jail. After all, he’s one of the chosen ones, above it all, looking down on us rabble.

They can assault us in many ways. This is just one of the rare types. They get away with all the rest. I’m sure he’ll get away with this one too.


15 posted on 06/14/2010 12:50:27 PM PDT by mark3681
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To: i88schwartz

“…I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect...there is no excuse, I apologize…”

I can’t tell!

Now, prosecute the POS.


16 posted on 06/14/2010 12:51:42 PM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: i88schwartz

Answer to every question: I was goaded by intrusive partisans. I was a victim. I have apologized. Oh, and by the way, it was late in the afternoon (and everyone knows it’s okay to be drunk LATE in the afternoon.)

Funny. Didn’t sound much like an apology to me.


17 posted on 06/14/2010 12:54:10 PM PDT by fullchroma (Tell me who you are! We The People!!!)
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To: i88schwartz

H\ow partisan is it to ask for Zer0 support?


18 posted on 06/14/2010 12:55:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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HAHAA! WASH POST is calling the attack “A HUG!”

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/who_tmzd_rep_bob_etheridge.html


19 posted on 06/14/2010 12:56:56 PM PDT by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: StopObama2012

That video’s gonna make a GREAT campaign ad!


20 posted on 06/14/2010 12:58:30 PM PDT by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: StopObama2012
HAHAA! WASH POST is calling the attack “A HUG!”

Being hugged without consent is a sexual crime.

Do they really want to go there, too?

Etheridge will end up on the Sex Offenders Register.

21 posted on 06/14/2010 12:59:09 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Dayman

Watch the video carefully. At about 20 seconds he either knocks the microphone/recorder or camera phone from the boys hands or grabs it. Watch his left hand at about 50-55 seconds. It looks like he has the device in his hand as he turns and walks off. Did he immediately give it back? If not he’s guilty of robbery and depending on the retail value of the item it could be a felony. I know if it’s called theft if the value is less than $500 it’s a misdemeanor and $500 or more it’s a felony. But he also used strong arm tactics to take it from the boy I think it’s automatically a felony. Don’t know DC law.

If it was a pocket tape recorder/digital recorder it’s probably worth less than $500. If it was a cell phone it could be worth more than $500 at replacement cost. Even the cheapest phones are around $250 without the discounts offered by the phone companies for expending the contract or starting a new contract with them. However, it looks like a digital recorder to me by the way he’s originally holding it.


22 posted on 06/14/2010 1:00:25 PM PDT by airedale
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To: i88schwartz

Still waiting for the video where the American sheep actually fights back.


23 posted on 06/14/2010 1:00:29 PM PDT by Boucheau
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To: i88schwartz; All

He was not real convincing or clear in his “apology”. Who is his GOP opponent in November; anybody know?


24 posted on 06/14/2010 1:01:51 PM PDT by no dems (I never thought I could loathe anyone more than the Clintons; enter Barack Hussein Obama.)
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To: Hoodat

If I was that student on the video, I would have called 911 and pressed assault charges straight off.


25 posted on 06/14/2010 1:03:01 PM PDT by chris37
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To: mark3681
They can assault us in many ways. This is just one of the rare types. They get away with all the rest. I’m sure he’ll get away with this one too.
He won't be able to get away with it IF WE DON'T LET IT DIE!!! Someone needs to get in touch with the Tea Party Movement in his District and ride this thing all the way to November 2.

26 posted on 06/14/2010 1:06:10 PM PDT by no dems (I never thought I could loathe anyone more than the Clintons; enter Barack Hussein Obama.)
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To: no dems
Who is his GOP opponent in November; anybody know?

Renee Ellmers.

27 posted on 06/14/2010 1:06:47 PM PDT by meyer (Big government is the enemy of freedom.)
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To: meyer

http://www.reneeforcongress.com


28 posted on 06/14/2010 1:08:18 PM PDT by meyer (Big government is the enemy of freedom.)
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To: no dems

Taken care of.


29 posted on 06/14/2010 1:09:55 PM PDT by mark3681
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To: i88schwartz

The media is asking him one leading question after another in an effort to help him blame Republicans. At least he is smart enough to know that there is a video and if he attempts to push this off on the kids he will engender even more scorn then he has already earned.

What an incredibly dumb politician.


30 posted on 06/14/2010 1:14:34 PM PDT by CremeSaver
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To: i88schwartz

Well here it is...Who are you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_FZVD5lsAw


31 posted on 06/14/2010 1:15:13 PM PDT by shiva
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To: chris37

As would I. I bet his phone has been ringing off the hook with lawyers wanting to represent him in the civil suit.


32 posted on 06/14/2010 1:16:34 PM PDT by Dayman
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To: chris37

I bet he never would have tried that stuff with Epic Beard Guy!


33 posted on 06/14/2010 1:22:01 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: mark3681

You are right about that. If he grabbed my wrist, he would’ve made an appointment afterwards with his Dentist.


34 posted on 06/14/2010 1:28:39 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: i88schwartz
Go to Bob Etheridge's "Send-A-Friend" page at his website.

You can send a customized email message to your friends that IS SENT FROM HIS WEBSITE!

Email the following links to your friends, and it will be coming FROM HIS WEBSITE!

Visit Rep Etheridge's website HERE:

http://www.etheridgeforcongress.org/tellfriends.cfm

THEN, cut and paste the following into Rep Etheridge's "Send-A-Friend" email form and send to your friends. Let them see how their Democrat representative is behaving...

The Bob Etheridge Collection:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5wxCr6ZRps&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9RXyCVfeEI&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ksB3EaLsCw&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM&feature=player_embedded

Tell your friends...

35 posted on 06/14/2010 1:39:46 PM PDT by moovova (More coffee please...make it a double.)
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Etheridge will end up on the Sex Offenders Register

There were definite sexual overtones to the way he restrained and tried to dominate the kid.

I definitely wouldn't want see him at any highway rest-stop.

36 posted on 06/14/2010 1:40:21 PM PDT by tsomer
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Anyone notice he was a foot taller than the victim he assaulted?

In the right venue, he would have had his jaw broken.


37 posted on 06/14/2010 1:45:13 PM PDT by dragnet2
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38 posted on 06/14/2010 1:45:53 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: airedale
Watch the video carefully. At about 20 seconds he either knocks the microphone/recorder or camera phone from the boys hands or grabs it. Watch his left hand at about 50-55 seconds. It looks like he has the device in his hand as he turns and walks off.

In my opinion, you are correct. Based on the video and in my opinion, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) has clearly committed both aggravated assault and robbery. If I was a lawyer or could practice law in Washington, I would pursuit this assault and robbery free of charge (pro bono).

Mark Levin and the Landmark Legal Foundation should be made aware of this video as soon as possible. I suspect his group may pursuit these charges against the Congressman based on this video. Congressional representatives are not above the law and can not assault The People and rob them on the streets with impunity.


39 posted on 06/14/2010 1:48:53 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: pyx

Clearly you’re not a lawyer...


40 posted on 06/14/2010 1:56:39 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: Abathar

Another telling moment that will not go away.

Carley for CA Senator.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpU_BYI9d24


41 posted on 06/14/2010 1:59:55 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: chadwimc
I am not a lawyer as I stated clearly above.

Why do you believe this is not an assault and then the Congressman grabbing the device from the student is not a robbery ?
42 posted on 06/14/2010 2:01:00 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: i88schwartz

When a dem apologizes, it’s over. When a Republican apologizes, it just begins - the 24/7 news coverage, the condemnations, the demands to resign.


43 posted on 06/14/2010 2:10:20 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (democrat party: criminal organization disguised as a political party)
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To: pyx; airedale
Although I do beleive that the video clearly shows that the congressman took the camera away from the student, it appears that it was somehow returned since this video was obviously taken off of that phone. However, even if the "thief" returned the phone, it doesn't mean that he didn't steal it. He forcibly removed it from the student's hand and proceeded to walk off with it. I don't know how the student got the camera back since that is not recorded in the video, but it seems obvious to me that he did.
44 posted on 06/14/2010 2:25:31 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: i88schwartz

He should be prosecuted. I hope the “victim” doesent wimp out on this. He deserves damages, IMO.


45 posted on 06/14/2010 2:27:13 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Sopater

No doubt you’re correct about the student getting the second camera back. However, whacking the camera and then forcefully grabbing the student’s wrist (and refusing the first request to let go) and then grabbing the back of the student’s neck would seem to me to be an assault. Congressional representatives can not assault people with impunity.


46 posted on 06/14/2010 2:32:31 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: pyx
Assault and Battery and perhaps felony theft.
47 posted on 06/14/2010 2:39:42 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Same thing, just not as polite...


48 posted on 06/14/2010 2:43:10 PM PDT by JSteff ((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))
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To: Sopater
I would put my conclusion down to a belief that I presumed that battery had to have a higher threshold than forcefully grabbing someone's wrist or grabbing the back of someone's neck. Like I said, I'm not a lawyer but, this seems to be an assault at least and perhaps assault and battery.

49 posted on 06/14/2010 2:47:20 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: pyx
I would put my conclusion down to a belief that I presumed that battery had to have a higher threshold than forcefully grabbing someone's wrist or grabbing the back of someone's neck.

According to the link, "The main distinction between the two offenses is the existence or nonexistence of a touching or contact. While contact is an essential element of battery, there must be an absence of contact for assault. Sometimes assault is defined loosely to include battery."

Therefore, battery actually sounds like the correct charge.
50 posted on 06/14/2010 3:37:18 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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