Local Politics

Etheridge confrontation revived in political ad

Posted September 28, 2010

— Five weeks before the general election, the conservative group Americans for Job Security is rolling out a television ad that revives an embarrassing video of Second District Congressman Bob Etheridge confronting a man.

The online video showed the Democratic congressman in a physical confrontation with a man on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk. He grabbed the arm and then the neck of the man, who refused Etheridge's repeated demands to identify himself as he and another man videotaped Etheridge and asked if he supported "the Obama agenda."

Etheridge apologized for the encounter in June, but now it's the subject of a campaign ad that attacks his voting record.

Americans for Job Security recently pledged to spend $800,000 in ads against Etheridge before the Nov. 2 election.

Republican candidate Renee Ellmers isn't mentioned in the ad. By law, her campaign couldn't be directly involved in the ad, but her campaign spokesman said Tuesday that he thought the spot was well done.

Etheridge campaign spokesman Mike Davis said the congressman has taken responsibility for the incident and regrets his actions.

"Renee Ellmers said she would not exploit the incident for political gain, yet apparently she is perfectly content letting secretive Washington special interests do her attacking for her,” Davis said in a statement.


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  • ncguy Sep 30, 2010

    another one of the good ole boys club about to get kicked to the curb!

    Can't wait!

    Who er u?

    I'm the new rep from your district...

  • jdupree Sep 30, 2010

    AIG Bailout, ObamaCare, General Motors, Freddi-Mac, Tax & Spend, this guy has got to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • oleguy Sep 30, 2010

    He needs kicking out, then Sued for all the money he has ever made, I know who I am and who I will vote for,,,

    BOB it aint you

  • Sherlock Sep 29, 2010

    15 minutes of fame really costs does it not?

  • mary13 Sep 29, 2010

    Yeah...Bob should of kept his cool a little bit better. But what I do like is the talk about the new Health Care Law. I do not like it one bit. Let's face it...we will now be fined if we have no health insurance, not enough insurance, or too much insurance (this part is the Cadillac tax...what a minute...not if you belong to a Union)...is not good.

    I do not like having my rights or liberty taken away like that!

  • tdoughtie2 Sep 29, 2010

    I don't live in his district so I have no axe to grind. I think any person who is being filmed has a right to know who is filming him and why. Yes the congressman went over the top in his actions. someone knew that he had a short fuse and took advantage.

  • jbpd-tarpack Sep 29, 2010

    I thought that it was interesting that a prime time fiction TV show last night showed the same tactic of hounding a politician or family members while being taped to get footage to use against them. Bob Etheridge was the ONLY NC elected Washington representative or senator that has bothered to respond and help our small business! Neither senator would even respond to multiple requests for help with the government system. Bob provided the help and his staff followed up with us. He EARNED our vote!

  • JustAName Sep 29, 2010

    "getting this footage was the sole point of this deliberate ambush"

    Right, just randomly standing on a DC street hoping that Bob would walk up drunk and grab one of them. Man, these two kids must be geniuses.

  • 6079 SMITH W Sep 29, 2010

    Al cornered the market, he skinned them all alive. Remember all the hype about carbon credits? It was all the rage during the last campaign, so much so that both McCain and Palin RAN on Cap and Trade.....oh, wait. never mind. ;)

  • Boylan Sep 29, 2010

    "Why attack Etheridge on his character when you can attack him on his record?" retroconsultant

    I can't find one democrat this election who is running on their record.