A video of Rep. Bob Etheridge of North Carolina physically accosting a couple of college students attempting an ambush interview has created enormous reaction on the Internet this morning. In the video, the students caught Etheridge on the streets of DC and asked him about the “Obama agenda.” Etheridge tried to slap the camera out of one’s hand and then gruffly grabbed him by the collar while repeatedly asking who the young man was. With many calling for physical assault charges to be made, Etheridge was forced to apologize on his blog.
Here’s Etheridge’s full statement:
“I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.”
This is clearly not the last we’ll hear of this story although it is unclear whether or not the video will seriously hurt Etheridge’s career or even end it akin to what happened to Helen Thomas.
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