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Consultant: GOP misled public about Etheridge video

Posted November 5, 2010

— The political consultant who helped direct Republican Renee Ellmers' bid for Congress says national Republican officials misled the public about an online video involving Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge.

Carter Wrenn said the National Republican Congressional Committee was behind the video showing Etheridge confronting a man on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk. He grabbed the man's arm and then his neck while the man refused Etheridge's repeated demands to identify himself as he and another man videotaped Etheridge and asked if he supported "the Obama agenda."

Etheridge immediately apologized for the incident, but the popularity of the video online raised Ellmers' profile.

The NRCC initially denied knowing the identities of the two men. Wrenn said he criticized the group for the ploy, and they have since declined to assist Ellmers' campaign.

According to unofficial totals, Ellmers leads Etheridge by 1,646 votes. Election workers began verifying and counting provisional ballots on Friday and are expected to certify the results on Nov. 12.

Etheridge has asked for a recount if he is trailing in the final tally.

State law allows for recounts when the difference between the candidates is less than 1 percent of the total votes cast. With more than 188,000 votes cast in the Second District, any difference of less than 1,880 votes would be eligible for a recount.

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  • BubbaDukeforPresident Nov 10, 3:03 p.m.

    Etheridge can't carry a district that was drawn up specifically for him. That says that the people in his district no longer trusts him. As far as the video - it reveals his true character. One may be considered a good person by others, but inside you know when you're a fake.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 5, 7:57 p.m.

    Roger that.......All them "conservative/retentive republicans" are hootin' and hollerin' over the K-man being suspended over giving campaign money to those he supported........too bad he don't work for Uncle Rupert, he would have gotten a raise AND a promotion. No irony there, no sir. ;)

  • Worland Nov 5, 7:55 p.m.

    I seem to remember some folks, two years ago, that the people have spoken and the conservatives need to sit down and shut up. It must really hurt for those folks to be on the losing side of the worst defeat in US political history.

    In case you missed it, the GOP gained 6 US Senators, 60+ US Congressmen, 10 Governors, 19 state legislatures and 500+ state representatives. Now, that's change you can believe in!

  • Worland Nov 5, 7:52 p.m.

    Fox had the highest ratings of any news network on election night. The more the liberals bash them, the more people turn off MSNBC and head over to the real news on Fox.

  • wat63 Nov 5, 7:13 p.m.

    "As far as Oberman goes. He broke a rule that MSNBC has and the suspension (maybe firing) is within their rights. The rule is there to make sure that a certain ethical standard is met, that broadcasters aren't specifically backing a candidate who they might have contributed to.

    Being that the owner of Fox News gave over a million dollars to the GOP, I doubt Fox has a simular code of ethics."

    wildervb

    Nailed It!

  • Justin T. Nov 5, 7:11 p.m.

    I think the real reason Etheridge grabbed that college student's neck is what we should really be fighting... vampires. Like most politicians he is always hungry for the blood (and money) of the taxpayers.

  • wildervb Nov 5, 7:04 p.m.

    As far as Oberman goes. He broke a rule that MSNBC has and the suspension (maybe firing) is within their rights. The rule is there to make sure that a certain ethical standard is met, that broadcasters aren't specifically backing a candidate who they might have contributed to.

    Being that the owner of Fox News gave over a million dollars to the GOP, I doubt Fox has a simular code of ethics.

  • wildervb Nov 5, 7:01 p.m.

    To be honest I was never a big fan of Etheridge, I did meet him once. He's been there a while, time to turn over his seat.

    That being said, it is despicable that the GOP resorts to these types of dirty tricks to catch a person at a bad moment. Nixon would be proud.

  • chromelexus22 Nov 5, 6:52 p.m.

    [then why did Renee Elmers capitalize on the video during her campaign commercials?]

    Because it's a great fund raiser.

    [Warping the facts...a popular trait of Faux News]

    You mean MSNBC & Keith don't you, yuck yuck yuck.

    The Fox

    GOLO member since July 3, 2007

    November 5, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    No FOX too. I'm watching them now trying to clean up the $200 million a day lie for the trip to India. Turn it on now. It's hilarious. The lady just said "look at the unemployment how is the recession over"? Well lady recessions are not defined by unemployment. They are defined by growth in GDP. Unemployment is a result of a recession. Yea keep watching cable news!! Sheep. Baahhhh.

  • The Fox Nov 5, 6:24 p.m.

    [then why did Renee Elmers capitalize on the video during her campaign commercials?]

    Because it's a great fund raiser.

    [Warping the facts...a popular trait of Faux News]

    You mean MSNBC & Keith don't you, yuck yuck yuck.

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