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Group protests outside Etheridge's office

Posted June 16, 2010

— About 20 people gathered Wednesday outside the Raleigh office of U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, who was caught on video in a confrontation with a man on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk.

Protesters demanded that Etheridge resign immediately.

Etheridge apologized again for confrontation in a statement his press secretary, Don Owens, issued Wednesday.

"Rep. Etheridge again deeply apologizes for his reaction on the street last week," Owens said. "He will continue to serve the people of North Carolina's 2nd District by focusing on the needs of middle-class families and hard-working folks."

Etheridge represents parts of Chatham, Cumberland, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Sampson, Vance and Wake counties.

An edited video of the confrontation quickly went viral after it was posted on YouTube Monday and websites owned by conservative Web entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart.

The video shows Etheridge walking down a street toward two young men with cameras. One says, "Hi, Congressman. How are you? Do you fully support the Obama agenda?"

Etheridge then asks, "Who are you?" multiple times, as he pushes the camera away and grabs the man's wrist.

"Tell me who you are," Etheridge continues as the other man with a camera replies, "We're just here for a project, sir."

The men then tell the congressman that they are students, but don't identity themselves further. One of the men then asks Etheridge, "Would you please let go of my hand?"

Etheridge eventually lets go of his wrist and grabs the man around the neck and then the shoulder as the other cameraman yells, "Sir! Sir! Sir! Please!" Etheridge eventually walks away.



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  • gunny462 Jun 18, 2010

    Wow, I guess some ppl saw totally different videos than me. Kid walks up and asks a question from a drunk, drunk grabs kid and starts assaulting him. Pretty simple really, if you get away from the DNC and RNC. And btw WHY would he come out and PUBLICALLY apologize for something if HE did nothing wrong? Aah that's right, it was on the web and he got caught drunk in public. NOW that I could believe in, where some kids might have thought about exposing him.

    And PLEASE look up his voting record before saying what a nice politician he is. 90% on party lines? ZERO TOWN MEETINGS?

  • soyousay Jun 17, 2010

    the fact the people who are upset are the ones working a job and do not want to lose it. hcain73

    I just thought of one thing you might find helpful---assuming you have a job, you could go after work! It would still make it a tiny little group but then you could actually step out there and show you feelings in real life, in public and in front of cameras and stuff. Democracy in action

  • soyousay Jun 17, 2010

    oops...I'm sorry, he already does and you must like it!

    what an odd statement, do you have some sort of evidence for this mass hugging thing

  • soyousay Jun 17, 2010

    My 10 year old does not agree with Etheridges voting record....hcain73

    Not likely he is doing anything other than repeating what you have told him...hopefully you have also taught him some sort of respect and he wouldn't shove something in an adult's face and ask inane questions to get on utube and make a rather silly political ad

  • soyousay Jun 17, 2010

    The main reason for the few protestors would be the fact the people who are upset are the ones working a job and do not want to lose it.

    Oh, probably not....people get what this is all about

  • hcain73 Jun 17, 2010

    wral had to put a number in the story, had to put "edited" in the video..... The facts again....Etheridge assaulted a citizen of the US. A congressman assaulted a citizen. A congressman that visits my sons school and my son has shook his hand. My 10 year old does not agree with Etheridges voting record. If he would have asked this to him at a recent event at his school, where would this have led?

    Etheridge should resign. The main reason for the few protestors would be the fact the people who are upset are the ones working a job and do not want to lose it.

  • Jun 17, 2010

    Democrats, Democrats, Democrats...would you want your president to manhandle you like Ethridge did this young man for asking a question...oops...I'm sorry, he already does and you must like it!

  • Milkman Jun 17, 2010

    When a police officer abuses his position, manhandles someone, tasers someone, even talks in an unprofessional manner seemingly everyone is up in arms calling for restraint and discipline. (Even if they apologize, and even if they were having a bad day, and even if the victim in question was rude.) Police officers are held to a high standard, they are public servants, sworn to duty.

    Well, US Representatives take an oath as well, and should also be held to a high standard. Only in NC, when the rep in question is a democrat, that doesn't happen.

    Watch that video, put Etheridge in a uniform with a badge, have the young men ask him how many donuts he's had today, how would you react then?

  • Winston Jun 16, 2010

    soyousay, that respect you were talking about, is it the kind Bob showed?

  • rescuefan Jun 16, 2010

    ""Right back atcha." Translation: in democrat talk this means "the facts I can see with my very own eyes don't matter."

    Seems to work when the conservatives throw it out there, that's for sure.